The Manufacturer Top 100 2019: Britain’s industrial heroes named

The Manufacturer's annual awards for the 100 most inspirational individuals working in UK industry have been announced at a gala reception at Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

Now in its sixth year, The Manufacturer Top 100 projectrun by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education, publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing. Its goal is to help dispel popularly-held myths that vibrant manufacturing in the UK is a thing of the past.   

Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry, from top floor to shop floor. From Young Pioneers who are establishing a new generation of makers in UK industry, to Bold Investors in New Markets developing new export markets for British goods.

From the Inspiring Leaders and Drivers of Cultural Change, to the Innovators and Unsung Heroes, these are the people who put the Great into British manufacturing. 

They are selected from hundreds of nominations for the examples they set to young people aspiring to a career in industry; 100 unique and uplifting stories of struggle, grit, determination and success against all the odds, personal tales of individuals helping to drive UK manufacturing forward – and to change popular perceptions of careers in manufacturing and draw young people into sector.  

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MANUFACTURER TOP 100 REPORT 2019

Nick Peters, Editorial Director of The Manufacturer and of The Manufacturer Top 100 report commented, “The individual stories in the report are 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.

“The truth is we do make things – we are the world’s ninth largest manufacturing nation  and careers are very well paid. But there are too few skilled young people coming through the system. It is on behalf of that new generation that we do this.

“We want to break down the decades-old prejudice against manufacturing. We want parents to get excited about recommending a career in manufacturing to their offspring, not see it (so erroneously) as an occupation of last resort. We must not let the prejudices of yesterday poison the opportunities of tomorrow. 

The Manufacturer Top 100 is part of the Digital Manufacturing Week series of events at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool on 13 – 15 of November, joined with: 

Smart Factory Expo – tmsmartfactoryexpo.com 

Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit – manufacturing-leaders.uk 

and The Manufacturer MX Awards – themanufacturermxawards.com 

The Manufacturer Top 100 judging panel includes: 

  • Paul Everitt, CEO, ADS 
  • Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion Enter/Fashion Capital 
  • Nigel Fine, CEO, Institution of Engineering and Technology 
  • Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO, The Royal Academy of Engineering 
  • Jane Robinson, Former Director Cutting Technologies 
  • Harris Makatsoris, Professor of Manufacturing Operations, Cranfield University 
  • Dan Hayward, Regional Director, Salesforce 
  • Prof Steve Evans, Director of Research, University of Cambridge  
  • James Selka, CEO, MTA  
  • Carl Perrin, CEO, Institute for Future Transport & Cities 
  • Stephen Tetlow, CEO, Institute of Mechanical Engineers 
  • George Edwards, Founder, Gas- Sense Solutions 
  • Bill Williams, Chief Executive, CEME Ltd 
  • Stephen Phipson, CEO, Make UK 
  • Jan Ward CBE, CEO, Corrotherm International Ltd.