On Monday 3rd March the APPG for Trade & Investment hosted the Parliamentary Launch of the Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2014. Manufacturers are encouraged to enter one of 13 award categories including People and Skills; Sustainable Manufacturing; Innovation and Design; and Young Manufacturer of the Year. The Awards unite the manufacturing community and provide an opportunity for both celebration and recognition of the success of British industry. The Launch was attended by over 200 MPs, business leaders, and representatives from some of the UK’s biggest manufacturers.
Entries for the coveted awards will open on 20th March 2014. The Awards are open to any manufacturing company, regardless of sector or size, meaning that the smallest businesses have an equal chance of winning one of the prestigious prizes as some of the bigger UK manufacturers.
Speaking at the launch, Business Minister Michael Fallon said: “The Awards will shine a spotlight on companies which have been able to compete and grow despite a challenging economic climate, generating wealth and providing jobs for the communities in which they operate. I hope that today’s launch will encourage as many UK manufacturers as possible to aspire to and emulate the success of previous winners of these awards. So I would encourage any manufacturer that is proud of what it has achieved to put forward an entry.”
The reception also saw a passionate speech from last year’s winner of the Manufacturer of the Year Award, Mike Patton of GE Aviation, who discussed what winning the award had meant to him. Peter Russell of RBS also delivered a speech in which he discussed the bank’s support of the sector and the many ways they have been helping manufacturers across the UK.
Margot James MP, PPS to the Trade Minister Lord Livingston and Chair of the APPG, hosted the launch and speaking after the event said: “Representing a Black Country seat and having family connections to the automotive sector, I have a great admiration for those in the manufacturing sector. Rebalancing the economy and championing industry has been a key priority for this government, and I am only too pleased to support these awards which recognise the wealth of talent and excellence in this vital sector.”