Pykett, who has led a number of in-house design teams at Penny Hydraulics responsible for projects for nuclear industry, has helped to secure a number of new contracts for the company in this sector.

Throughout his work, which involved ensuring compliance standards were met along with timely delivery of innovative solutions to client briefs, the judges said that Pykett demonstrated "highly impressive revenue performance in addition to his design skills".

Pykett’s responsibilities included design and management of a number of projects and installations for the nuclear industry, including specialist equipment for handling fuel element debris and other waste materials during nuclear power station decommissioning.

Penny Hydraulics sales director Richard Short said: "We’re excited and pleased that Simon has received this national recognition. He’s brought in revenues totaling hundreds of thousands of pounds and enabled us to grow our presence in a highly specialised sector very successfully."

Pykett has recently been seconded to Magnox to provide specialist support for a number of projects that the company believes will save the client over GBP 500,000 (USD 794,281). These projects will involve the handling and storage of nuclear materials, including the development of a unique sortation device for retrieving fuel element debris.