South West Manufacturing Awards open for entries

North Devon manufacturers are being encouraged to put themselves forward for a prestigious regional business award that could ultimately lead to them being named Britain’s best manufacturer.

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has launched its 9th annual Future Manufacturing Awards to find the best manufacturers in the South West – including the most outstanding apprentices.

The awards are free, easy to enter and give apprentices, manufacturers and supply chain businesses of all sizes from across the region the chance to shine.

There are nine award categories:

Business Growth Award

This award has been developed to recognise the most dynamic business growth based on actively managed and consistently delivered growth strategy.

Developing People Award

This award has been developed to recognise those that have done the most to build skills, harness talent and develop employees. You should enter this category if you have improved or increased skills, training and development opportunities through accredited qualifications programmes or local workplace initiatives.

Environmental Achievement Award

This award has been developed to recognise those that have done the most to improve overall environmental performance and enhance sustainability.

Export Award

This award has been developed to recognise the development and implementation of a new international trade strategy that has led to successfully trading goods and/or services in the last three years.

Health and Safety Award

This award has been developed to recognise progress in improving the occupational health and safety culture of the workplace by introducing new or developing existing initiatives.

Innovation Award

This award celebrates innovations executed through new products, processes, markets and business models. Such innovations will be governed by strategic intent and have driven greater productivity, efficiency and or business growth, within the last three years.

Partnerships Award

Awarded to the company that has done the most to promote engineering and manufacturing careers through activities within the community and in partnership with education providers.

Leadership Award

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or made a significant contribution to a company project or initiative, showing true commitment and dedication.

Apprentice Awards

There are six apprentice award categories:

  • Intermediate & Advanced Apprentice Award – First Year
  • Intermediate & Advanced Apprentice Award – Final Year
  • Higher Apprentice Award – First Year
  • Higher Apprentice Award – Final Year
  • Business Apprentice Award – First Year
  • Business Apprentice Award – Final Year

All award entries will be judged regionally, with the regional winners then going on to compete for a national award. One manufacturer will go on to be crowned EEF’s ‘Winner of Winners’.

Jim Davison, South West Region Director at EEF, says: “A strong manufacturing sector is the lifeblood of the economy, providing much-needed jobs and prosperity in every region of the UK, including the South West. This takes dedication, dynamism and hard work. Despite these attributes, and many more, the South West is full of unsung heroes who do not get the recognition they deserve. These awards are about shining a light on the achievements of British manufacturers and celebrating best practice and success.”

The closing date for entries is 17 July 2017.

To enter or to find out more visit: eef.org.uk/awards.


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