Eight winners received awards for business achievement at the South East EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2012 ceremony this week, held at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge.
The annual event hosted by manufacturers’ organisation, EEF, awards British manufacturers for excellence in enterprise, innovation , environmental performance and skills development.
The judges said they were particularly impressed by a number of companies who had continued to forge ahead despite very challenging market conditions in recent years.
The awards cover the whole of the south-eastern UK including London and East Anglia.
Awards were presented to the following winning companies:
- Milltech Precision Engineering in Norwich – Business Growth Award, sponsored by Westfield Health.
- Perkins Engines Company in Peterborough – Skills & Training Award, sponsored by Westfield Health.
- Origin Frames based in High Wycombe – Innovative Operating Practices Award, sponsored by JAM Recruitment.
- Northumbrian Water trading as Essex & Suffolk Water – People Management Award, sponsored by JAM Recruitment.
- Fluorocarbon Company based in Hertford – Environmental Efficiency Award, sponsored by ENER-G.
- Daniamant in Portsmouth – Outstanding Export Award, sponsored by DHL.
- David Firth of Marshall Aerospace in Cambridge – Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice, sponsored by Semta.
- Jamie Barlow of Xylem Water Process in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire – Outstanding Achievement by a Final Year Apprentice, sponsored by Semta.
EEF South East region director, Jim Davison, said that with over 45,000 manufacturing businesses in the South East, the region plays a big role in driving the UK economy forward.
“It is fantastic to see all of the companies above demonstrate how strong growth is still achievable even in challenging times through innovation, process control and high levels of customer service, he said. “ Congratulations to them all and to David and Jamie [the apprentices] on their outstanding achievements.”