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Whether your key priorities are talent acquisition, improving retention, or boosting employee satisfaction, entering MAKE UK’s Manufacturing Awards will have numerous benefits for your company. So how do you become an award-winning company?

Here are five top tips from Grace Millar, Make UK’s Awards Programme Manager:

1. Include facts and figures, back up your assertions with quantifiable data.

2. Include employee testimonies, photographs, charts, or any supporting documents to enhance your case.

3. Discuss any challenges that were encountered, and how they were overcome. This shows perseverance and dedication.

4. Be concise. The judges aren’t looking for beautiful prose, it’s about the story you have to share.

5. Take a leap of faith, don’t put off applying. Now is as good a time as any!

“It’s an amazing feeling to be recognised for doing something I genuinely enjoy and is setting me up for my future. I’m only at the very start of my career, so to win at these awards and be singled out initially at the Regional awards and then at the National event is a real boost and will motivate me even more. I’m really thankful that BAE entered these fantastic awards” Heather Johnson, Business Procurement Apprentice at BAE Systems, Winner of the 2018 Business Apprentice of the Year award.

Employers have seen first-hand that entering Make UK’s awards programme boosts morale amongst their workforce. Applying for an award lets employees know that their work is valued and recognised; and the success that can come from winning an award can be a huge boost for a team and company culture.

Judged by impartial industry experts the Make UK Manufacturing Awards (which are free to enter) benchmark your company as one of the leading organisations in the sector, whilst receiving national publicity. It’s a fantastic way to tell potential new recruits and customers that your organisation has been recognised for being a leader in training and development, innovation, sustainability, or business growth for instance. And let’s not forget that the award ceremonies are a great way to treat your workforce, whilst providing an invaluable opportunity to network with the best in the business.

Whether you are looking at initiatives to upskill your shop floor workers, running education programmes within the community, or delivering training to senior management, there is an award for you. There are 11 categories you can apply to including Apprentice awards, Developing Future Talent, Leadership and many more.

Find out more at or contact us via email at [email protected] or call us on: 020 7654 1540

Closing date: 1st July 2019



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