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    Awards and Recognition

    We’re recognised inside and outside of our industry…

    For our international trade, excellence in customer service, and our innovative support and collaborations with third parties.

    Amongst a host of other business awards, the UK Department for International Trade has accredited us with their coveted ‘Export Champion’ status, and the UK Federation of Small Businesses has recognised us a regional Exporter of the Year – more proof that with us, your brand is in safe hands.


    Family Business of the Year Awards

    National Family Business of the Year Awards

    We are thrilled to share the news that Hydraulics Online Ltd has been shortlisted for the 2023 National Family Business of the Year Awards. Now in their 11th year, these awards are a celebration of the family business sector across the whole of the UK, recognising the achievements of great family firms, large and small, old and new, from all sectors of the economy.

    There are over 5 million family businesses in the UK with many operating for a multitude of years and generations. So, despite turning a grown-up 18-years-old at the end of 2022, Hydraulics Online is still a relative youngster compared to many of those shortlisted.

    High Sheriff's Awards for Enterprise

    Shortlisted for the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise

    We’re delighted to announced that Hydraulics Online has been shortlisted in the Cheshire High Sheriff’s awards for Enterprise.

    The awards have been celebrating businesses and business people in the Cheshire, Halton and Warrington areas since 2006, when they were launched by the then High Sheriff of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE.

    This year’s awards have received a huge number of entries – highlighting the resilience of businesses and businesspeople throughout Cheshire, Halton and Warrington and our shared determination to emerge from the pandemic period with our best feet forward.

    Institute of Directors Awards Winner

    Hydraulics Online Founder wins Institute of Directors Award

    In its first-ever virtual awards ceremony, the Institute of Directors has named our very own Helen Tonks as the North West & Isle of Man Director of the Year in the Family Business category.

    The IoD is the UK’s longest-running organisation for directors from all sectors, shapes and size of organisation. Ever since its formation in 1903, the IoD has been at the forefront of British business.

    Greater China Rising Star Award logo

    We’re a Rising Star!

    On Friday 31st January 2020, DIT Export Champions, Hydraulics Online was crowned winners of the Greater China ‘Rising Star’ Award at the exuberant annual event held at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester.

    The Greater China Awards are open to any company or organisation in North West England, that has made a significant contribution to developing business with Greater China (mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) in the last year. This may include bi-lateral trade or investment, education and community sectors.

    Family Business Awards 2020 logo

    Recognised for our Family Values & Roots

    We are delighted to announce that Hydraulics Online is a finalist in the Manufacturing & Engineering category of the North West Family Business Awards 2020. We beat strong competition with a record number of 192 businesses entering the awards from across the North West region.

    This first-class event will be held under the wings of Concorde in the purpose-built hangar and events centre at Manchester Airport with host, food writer, and presenter Nigel Barden and will take place on Friday 6th March 2020. #NWFBA


    Hydraulics Online DIT Export Champion

    We’re Export Champions!

    On 28th February 2019, Hydraulics Online was announced as a 2019 Northern Powerhouse Export Champion by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT). Only 125 companies representing the Northern Powerhouse region have been handpicked by the DIT from amongst the 30,000 registered exporters within the region.

    Helen and Mark Tonks at Insider Media Awards

    Winner of Insider Media Award

    On Thursday 5th December, Hydraulics Online was crowned winner of the Insider Media North West International Company of the Year (up to £10m turnover) at the prestigious, annual media event held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

    The event sponsors included: Barclays, Cardinal “The Logistics People”, Finch Insurance Brokers & Employee Benefits, Mazars and Pannone Corporate LLP.


    Forward Ladies Awards 2019 winner accepting prize on stage

    Female Entrepreneur of the Year

    Our Co-founder, Helen Tonks, has been crowned Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the prestigious regional FL National Awards & Summit.
    The vibrant celebration and regional heat took place at Manchester’s Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on Friday 13th September. The awards bring together female entrepreneurs, civil servants, charity founders, and other professionals to celebrate the best talent from across the North West of England, Wales and Ireland.

    Made in the North West Shortlisted Award logo

    Collaboration Award Finalist

    In April 2019 Hydraulics Online was shortlisted as a finalist in the Collaboration category by Insider Media’s Made in the North West 2019 awards, for our contributions to design innovation and customer collaborations within the manufacturing industry.


    Northen Powerhouse Export Awards logo

    Exporter of the Year Finalist

    In January 2019 Hydraulics Online was shortlisted as a finalist in the Micro Exporter of the Year category by the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2019.

    Insider Media International Trade Awards event ceremony

    International Company of the Year Finalist

    In December 2018 Hydraulics Online was shortlisted as the International Company of the Year (up to £10m turnover) by the Insider Media North West International Trade Awards.


    If you have enthusiasm and passion and you combine that with excellent customer service – which Hydraulics Online do – you can succeed in exports.” Veronica Dawson, International Trade Adviser, UK Department for International Trade.


    Hydraulics Online at Cheshire Business Awards 2018

    Exporter of the Year Winner

    Hydraulics Online has yet again been recognised as a powerful force within the local business community. On Friday 12th October, at a glittering ceremony at Chester Cathedral, we were named Exporter of the Year at the Cheshire Business Awards.

    Enterprise Vision Award Winner Helen Tonks

    Internet Industry Business Woman of the Year

    Hydraulics Online Co-founder, Helen Tonks, is a proud winner of the Internet Industry 2018 Enterprise Vision Awards. She has been recognised for her role in leading a company that excels globally in an online marketplace.


    Mark and Helen Tonks at FSB Award night

    North West Business Exporter of the Year

    Hydraulics Online was in 2018  crowned the winner of the North West Business Exporter of the Year Award by the National Federation of Small Businesses Awards.

    Mark and Helen Tonks on stage at the South Cheshire Chamber Business Awards 2017

    Multiple Award Winner by South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce

    In December 2017, Hydraulics Online was recognised for a startling three awards and recognition at the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The following year we were awarded Highly Commended in yet another three categories.