For the second year running, MIA Member John Packer has been shortlisted in the Taunton Deane Business Awards!
Last year we won Best Growth Business for our increased global exports, but this year our category is much closer to home; the Creative Industries Award is for businesses that feature, promote or use creative arts in their business model, and impacts the local area.
The company has for some years demonstrated a commitment to support music and events across the UK. Every month the shop takes a stand to various workshops. We have also run many successful workshops in Taunton Deane for musicians to flex their musical skills. With a global dealer network selling our own brand of brass and woodwind, we also regularly accompany John Packer Musical Instrument stockists at external music events and workshops in Europe and America.
Rob Hanson – one of the company’s directors, said: “We were thrilled to win last year’s prize. Much has happened since; we received our Queen’s Award and expanded to a 10,000 square foot unit at Chelston Business Park making us the single largest brass and woodwind retailer in the UK. We have a superb showroom and space to host our own events.”
“While the business continues to build in exports, engaging with musicians is paramount to our success. In a time where content is everything we need to passionate about music to be credible. Creating meaningful experiences that showcase our wares in many ways is learning from the past to become a company that remains at the heart of a community, be that locally or digitally. We are still very much the local music shop.
“More exciting projects are afoot… we’re looking forward to hosting new events that will engage with musicians anywhere!”
The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, June 27th at the Somerset County Cricket Club.