Celebrating 500 champions in UK manufacturing

Posted on 15 Nov 2018 by Maddy White

Last night, we celebrated the fifth annual launch of the Top 100 report, this recognises an elite group of individuals identified as champions of UK manufacturing.

The Top 500 was celebrated last night in the atrium of Exhibition Centre Liverpool.
The Top 500 was celebrated last night in the atrium of Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

Now, we have 500 of these dynamic individuals propelling industry, making for the ultimate ‘Hall of Fame.’

The ‘Top 500’ is something extremely special. It comprises of world-beating innovators, creative-thinkers, problem-solvers, and new talents in British manufacturing.

It recognises the heroes of UK manufacturing, those who stand out for their contribution to the changing face of industry.

At the Top 500 celebration yesterday, which forms part of Digital Manufacturing Week, Europe’s largest digital manufacturing show, it was clear that these are the people who care deeply about, and are an inspiration in the sector.

During the event, TM spoke to many of the individuals recognised past and present, including exemplar Debbie Heald MBE, Managing Director at Heald Ltd. It was clear the recognition came as a surprise to Heald, with the business also nominated in the The Manufacturer MX Awards ‘Export’ category.

Heald said: “It is so special to have been recognised not just in the Top 100 this year, but for the entire business to be nominated in the MX awards. It is crucial for manufacturing to be highlighted as it is such an important sector.”

The business manufacture a range of innovative hostile vehicle mitigation products and traffic control solutions, a collection of safety solutions designed to fit individual site requirements in often high-pressured environments.

The winners will be announced tonight at a black tie gala at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Read the full list of finalists here.

The Top 500 Hall of Fame commenced the evening, but following this was the reveal of this year’s Top 100. Gathered on the mezzanine of the Exhibition Centre, Editorial Director, Nick Peters, called out those recognised for their excellence and commitment to the sector, to an energetic and captivated audience of manufacturing leaders, chiefs and supporters.

Peters said: “The individual stories in the report published yesterday (available from www.themanufacturer.comare a compelling reminder of how strong and vibrant UK manufacturing really is. We need to keep saying that, because as a nation we seem to harbour the notion that no one in the UK makes things anymore, and young people are discouraged from considering careers in manufacturing.”

Editorial Director, Nick Peter hosts the Top 100 report launch

The Top 100 report 2018, with the Top 500 Hall of Fame wall backdrop

Why Liverpool?

Manufacturing in the Liverpool region supports nearly 50,000 jobs in 3,000 companies, and directly contributes £3.2bn to Britain’s overall economy. So, it only seemed fitting to hold Digital Manufacturing Week in Europe’s biggest bio-manufacturing cluster!

Read more about the manufacturing sector in Liverpool here. 

Individuals who make up the Top 500 were showcased