Made in Britain announces winners of its inaugural Impact Awards recognising sustainability champions in British manufacturing

Posted on 6 Dec 2022 by The Manufacturer

Made in Britain has announced the winners of its 2022 Impact Awards, celebrating the remarkable achievements of British manufacturers.

Made in Britain, the trade association representing close to 2,000 SME manufacturing businesses across the UK united by the licensed use of the Made in Britain Mark, announces the winners of its 2022 Impact Awards, in the following categories:

LEADER OF THE YEARWinner: Mark Jankovich, Founder and CEO, Delphis EcoShortlisted: Simon Adam, MD, WCM&A; Phillip Kalli, MD, Ideal Manufacturing 

Presented by judge: Caterina Agnoletti, COO, UN Global Compact Network UK

Caterina Agnoletti: “For this category, we were looking for a CEO or senior executive demonstrating outstanding leadership in sustainable manufacturing by driving forward innovative sustainable initiatives in their business and acting as a champion for sustainable business more broadly in their sector.”

RISING STARWinner: Gary StevensManaging Director, Focus SBShortlisted: Joe Brady, Owner, Essence of Hartland; Jules Parker, Owner, Moot

Presented by judge: Mona Vadher, Director, LMP Action, Let Me Play

Mona Vadher: “This award highlights the individual who shows clear passion and commitment to sustainability in their organisation.The judges looked for examples of how this person has shown initiative and led change from within [and] evidence of them building support for their ideas and gaining traction amongst their co-workers.”

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT CAMPAIGN OF THE YEARWinner: ApplelecShortlisted: Natural Fibre, Moot 

Presented by judge: Professor Chris Harrop OBE, ESG Strategy Director, Marshalls and Made in Britain Board Chairman

Professor Chris Harrop OBE, ESG Strategy Director, Marshalls and Made in Britain Board Chairman: “The employee engagement award is for the organisation that has successfully engaged every employee across the business with its sustainability strategy. All three companies on the shortlist have achieved remarkable progress in this area – with Applelec the very worthy winner of this year’s award.”

SUSTAINABILITY TEAM OF THE YEARWinner: Fill RefillShortlisted: Jersey Hemp, Natural Fibre

Presented by judge: Victoria Page, Made in Britain Green Growth Programme Manager

Victoria Page: “The winner demonstrated a whole team approach to sustainability, including all 30 members of the business at every juncture. This brand is credited with putting people and planet first and prides itself on being the slowest growing refill brand in the UK – and that’s a very good thing.”

SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVE OF THE YEARWinner: WhiffAwayShortlisted: Appletec, Dr Zigs

Presented by judge: Dominic O’Connor Robinson, CEO, Soil Association

Dominic O’Connor Robinson: “This award celebrates initiatives or products that help users to live more sustainably. The winner of this year’s award showed great progress and impact through their innovative design already, but it was the demonstration of the journey that they are on, setting bold future ambitions within an overarching framework that set them apart.”

PACKAGING PRODUCT OF THE YEARWinner: LINIANShortlisted: Packaging Products, PVA Hygiene Ltd

Presented by judge: Sarah George, Senior Writer,

Sarah George: “Well done to all three of these teams – their projects are all examples of creative innovation that eliminates problematic plastics, and they are all projects which have significant and scalable impact. It was a close call but we decided to go for the entry that showed the team who were willing to go above and beyond the initial project, using their learnings to inform a broader assessment of how other packaging formats could be made more sustainable.”

INNOVATION OF THE YEARWinner: bio-beanShortlisted: Hexigone Intelli-ion, PFF for IMPAC-T, Dr Zigs

Presented by judge: Emily Auckland, Associate of UN Global Compact Network UK

Emily Auckland: “The judges were looking for a manufacturer that demonstrates remarkable innovation in the design and delivery of a product or service. The winner stood out for actively choosing to engage across the industry to see how they could extend the use of their product and help other businesses address the negative impacts of their own products.”

Made in Britain CEO John Pearce said: “During Made in Britain’s 10th year, we are delighted to have launched the Impact Awards to recognise and celebrate the remarkable achievements of British manufacturers. Our community of members is made up of companies that have innovation, creativity and resilience in their DNA, and I’m excited for those who have been picked out for special recognition by our esteemed panel of judges.”

The Made in Britain Impact Award winners were presented with unique glass bowl trophies created by iconic British brand, and Made in Britain member, Dartington Crystal. 

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