Federico Ercoli spent the day with Richard Hill, Head of Manufacturing & Automotive sector at NatWest, as the TMMX Awards’ judges deliberate this year’s winners.
It’s that time of the year again. For us at The Manufacturer, this is the culmination of a long year of research, planning and scrutiny, aimed at finding and rewarding the very best in UK manufacturing.
And, having pledged to constantly push and strive for excellence, we decided to further strengthen the reach of the event that’s regarded as the most respected in the country.
Following a merge with IMechE’s Manufacturing Excellence Awards programme, The Manufacturer of the Year Awards, our flagship event, has become The Manufacturer MX Awards or TMMX Awards.
The companies bring to the table a total of four decades of awards history and account for the largest organisations to ever partner together to promote UK manufacturing.
Headline sponsor for the awards is NatWest; with IOSH and Unipart Group as co-sponsors; in addition 12 category sponsors; one judging day sponsor; and one entertainment sponsor; prove the TMMX Awards is testament of national unity for the betterment of UK manufacturing.
Richard Hill, head of automotive & manufacturing at NatWest said; “We are delighted to be continuing our support of the awards – especially in their new, wider reaching format.
“The awards are really important to UK manufacturing, and help demonstrate the true depth and expertise we have to offer in the UK.
“We hope that our support for the awards can help in signposting the brilliance of companies and individuals within them. Globally we’ve got a really strong economic asset and it’s really important that we support it.”
TMMX Awards culminates on the night of November 26 at the ICC in Birmingham. But before that, shortlisted companies across 13 categories were rigorously scrutinised through a series of site visits in September and one-on-one sessions taking place on the final judging day at the Leicester City Stadium on October 15.
The judging day comprised 154 finalists and 31 judges.
Judging on the People & Skills category, Shelley Frost, executive director of Policy at IOSH said; “It was definitely a difficult challenge. All of the companies that we saw today showed a passion for their people.”
Very optimistic was Dr Karl Dearn, lecturer in mechanical engineering at the University of Birmingham on the Apprentice of the Year category; “It’s really encouraging to think that what we’ve seen today is the future of British manufacturing, the real cream of the crop.
“These are the individuals that are going to be leading in 10, 15 years’ time, so I think the future is looking very bright.”
We at The Manufacturer couldn’t agree more and we can’t wait to find out this year’s winners. Best of luck to all the finalists and see you in Birmingham!
And don’t miss your chance to attend The Manufacturer’s Annual Leaders Conference, which takes place on 25-26 of November and immediately precedes The Manufacturer MX Awards. Click here to find out more information and to register.