Introducing The Manufacturer Top 100 2017

Posted on 27 Dec 2017 by The Manufacturer

Nothing gives us at The Manufacturer more pleasure than the annual Top 100, because it recognises a great many people whose contribution to UK manufacturing might otherwise go unsung and unnoticed.

Two Exemplars celebrating at The Manufacturer Top 100 2017 launch reception - image courtesy of The Manufacturer.
Two Exemplars celebrating at The Manufacturer Top 100 2017 launch reception – image courtesy of The Manufacturer.

Those named in The Manufacturer Top 100 aren’t necessarily leaders in their field – those some most certainly are, but they are all doing something special for their teams, for their companies or for their communities.

From midsummer onwards, a team of judges considers the hundreds of peer-nominations that come in and whittles them down to a list of 100, of whom 20 are regarded as exemplars worthy of special mention.

The honourees were toasted at a special reception during this year’s Digital Manufacturing Week in Liverpool (Nov 14- 16), but it doesn’t end with that.

We have produced a sumptuous book that will be sent to schools, colleges, companies and government departments so that the message can be spread as far as possible: that manufacturing provides infinite opportunities for all.

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Our 100 honourees also join an increasingly influential alumni group, now 400 strong, who have made explicit commitments to contribute further to the cause of manufacturing at every level, from the sharp end of business through to community and educational outreach.

Why do we do it, and why does our terrific sponsor Salesforce keep supporting it? Because these are the role models for the future, offering guidance and inspiration to young people going forward.

Sadly, we don’t have room for all 100, so please salute our exemplars (below) and then go to to view the full list.

Please consider ordering copies of the book to send to your local school or college, or to display in your offices.

And is there someone you believe deserves such recognition in 2018? You will find details about how to make a nomination at

The Manufacturer Top 100 2017 – Exemplars:

The Manufacturer Top 100 2017 - Exemplars