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Business Growth and Strategy #Makeitglobal

This award has been developed to recognise the most dynamic business growth based on an actively managed and consistently delivered growth strategy. This could include business expansion, product diversification or the implementation of a new international trade strategy.   

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Demonstrated market share growth in a new industry segment or overseas market
  • Investment made in technology/factory to support industry beating growth objectives
  • Investment made in management/staff/apprentices training to upskill the workforce and increase productivity
  • Developed new products/service which led to significant business secured from new customers
  • Overcame challenges to enter new markets locally or globally
  • Increased distribution base

Developing Future Talent #Futuremakers

This award has been developed to recognise those that have done the most to build skills, develop talent and promote diversity amongst their employees. This could also include promoting engineering and manufacturing careers through activities within the community.

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Improved or increased skills, training and development opportunities through accredited qualifications programmes or local workplace initiatives
  • Implemented new training programme to meet skills gap within existing resource
  • Promoted equality and diversity through workplace initiatives
  • Developed a programme to visit local primary and secondary schools to talk about business and career opportunities within the sector
  • Collaborative community activity to drive/promote manufacturing

Energy & Sustainability #Makeitgreen

This award has been developed to recognise those that have done the most to improve overall environmental performance and enhance sustainability. This could have been achieved through efficiency savings in the use of raw materials, energy, water; the adoption of clean technologies; improved waste management and recycling; development of greener products; and/or more generally changing operational processes to increase environmental efficiency.

Examples include (but are not limited to): 

  • Cut the company’s onsite carbon footprint through energy efficiency and/or use of renewables
  • Addressed the environmental impact of waste and resource use
  • Promoted environmental awareness internally and externally
  • Redesigned supply chains or business models, or introducing new products that reduce whole lifecycle impacts

Health and Safety #Makeadifference

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. This could include initiatives that tackle work-related ill-health, especially occupational stress, work-related musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung disease. Other initiatives include promoting broader ownership of health and safety, simplifying risk management, anticipating and tackling new health and safety challenges, and promoting the benefits of an effective health and safety strategy. 

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Implemented programmes looking at occupational stress, work-related musculoskeletal disorders or occupational lung disease
  • Implemented programmes to improve employee safety including the reduction of accident rates
  • Implemented a programme to reduce sickness absence
  • Improved understanding of compliance through an educational programme

Innovation #Makeitsmart

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. 

Examples include (but are not limited to): 

  • New product or process innovation supported by investment in digital manufacturing technologies
  • Investment made in a technology that is new to your sector
  • Driving a collaboration partnership – in the supply chain or university – to bring a new manufactured solution to the market
  • Improved efficiencies through new ways of working
  • New business model to take the business in a new direction
  • New product to market

Manufacturing Matters  #ManufacturingHeroes 

This award has been developed to recognise a company and/or collaboration that demonstrates exceptional adaptability and resilience to impact their business and improve lives and society.
This year we are specifically focussed on companies and/or collaborations whose adaptability and resilience allowed them to continue operations and respond to the unprecedented challenges faced globally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With many businesses facing threats to survival, many UK manufacturers adapted operations to continue supporting employees and serving customers and others transformed their business to support the fight against the coronavirus by using their skills, innovation, technologies, and engineering expertise.
Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Adapting your business and operating model to help staff and community with needs (e.g. working remotely, working in safety, child care, social care, wellbeing)
  • Adapting your business and operating model to continue providing a consistent service (e.g. maintaining production, working remotely, remote support, field work under new protocols) 
  • Adapting your business model to better serve employees and customers in the future based on evolving market needs (e.g. investment programmes to strategically align the business for recovery and growth)

SME of the year #Makeachange

This award has been developed to champion businesses with less than 250 employees who have blazed a trail within the manufacturing sector. They will have led by example and developed progressive best practice for others in the industry. They will have shown exceptional initiative, boldness and dynamism, as well as exemplary management practices. 

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Exceptionally productive business spending/investment
  • Where staff have grown with the SME through its journey
  • Innovation and research supported and funded, even if total capital limited
  • Diversification in product or service offering, showcasing the businesses agility as an SME to meet changing demand