Saltaire Employees take the Chilli Growing Charity Challenge

Post by Claire Healey on Thursday 14th August

Employees at Saltaire firm Cimlogic were getting hot under the collar this week as their lovingly cultivated plants were judged at the company’s Chilli Growing Challenge charity fundraiser.

The Challenge, which has raised £200 for Martin House Children’s Hospice, was judged by Shipley MP, Philip Davies on Wednesday. Philip says:

“It’s apt that the company has initiated a ‘growing’ challenge for its team as the business shows tremendous growth potential. The company is clearly committed to providing the best working environment and training opportunities and demonstrates genuine care of its workforce. Whilst good fun for the team, the chilli challenge shows that the firm is committed to team building and to giving back to the community, which I applaud.”

The idea to run a chilli growing competition stemmed from the company wanting plants to decorate its offices following its recent move. Cimlogic Director, James Sykes, says, “Whilst for practical purposes to dress the new offices, the challenge was organised to boost staff morale and raise money for charity in the process.

“We are pleased that Philip Davies was available to visit our new premises to meet the team and help judge the competition. Philip judged the chillies on a range of criteria including the strength of the chilli peppers, which was gutsy as they are pretty powerful – especially Ashlea Rockett’s chilli, which claimed the hottest chilli title.”

Neil Taylor, operations director at Cimlogic, was named overall winner of the chilli growing competition. Neil reportedly took the competition very seriously and constantly talked to his chilli plant in the hope that it would encourage growth.

This is one of a number of charity initiatives with which the company is currently involved. The firm also runs its own Cimlogic All Team Social (CATS) where employees volunteer to organise extracurricular activities once a month to encourage team working and help raise money for local charities.

Cimlogic is Salts Mill-based and specialises in industrial automation and manufacturing execution systems. For more information about Cimlogic visit

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Notes to editor:

Cimlogic is based at Salts Mill in Saltaire and specialises in industrial automation and manufacturing execution systems. The firm relocated to larger premises at Salts Mill earlier this year, doubling office space to support its growth ambitions.

Cimlogic employs 32 staff and the business plans to expand its team further by the end of the year, grow turnover by 25% to £2.6 million and achieve Investors in People accreditation – a further reflection of a strong commitment to developing its team.


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