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Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2017: Outstanding Leadership Award

PUBLISHED: 12:34 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:53 03 November 2017

Outstanding Leadership Award

Outstanding Leadership Award


We reveal the winner of this year’s Outstanding Leadership Award, sponsored by QuoLux

Last night, on November 2, we celebrated the region’s best innovative engineering and manufacturing companies at the third annual Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards.

The glittering ceremony held at Cheltenham Racecourse celebrated the incredible achievements made by companies who really do put the Cotswolds on the map, drive the region’s economy and keep the area at the top of the tree when it comes to entrepreneurship and business success.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the year’s Outstanding Leadership Award, sponsored by QuoLux.

This year’s finalists are:

Bob Wilkins, Truturn Precision Engineering, Stroud

General Manager Bob Wilkins has been with the company for five years. Through his leadership the company has gained the Investors in People GOLD Award, F4N status and ISO 9001:2015.

Thanks to his mentoring skills the company now has a distinct succession plan in place; a number of staff have been promoted and continuous improvement is now a way of life.

He has added 25% more to the bottom line, introduced a robust appraisal scheme and a quarterly Way Ahead meeting keeps staff informed.

Richard Muller, Prima Dental, Gloucester

Richard took the helm in 1998. As Group Managing Director he has steered a multi-million pound reinvestment programme which has catapulted this regional manufacturer into a world-leader.

Prima Dental is now the world’s biggest carbide bur manufacturer, producing almost 30m dental burs a year - more than 30 times the number it manufactured when Richard joined the business.

With 35 years of manufacturing industry experience behind him and a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, his bold decisions backed by in-depth research and planning are expected to oversee a 233% increase in turnover by 2022.

And the winner is...

Craig Peterson, Future Advanced Manufacture, Cheltenham

Craig joined Future in 2000 on the shop floor before being promoted to project manager in 2004. In 2006 he became General Manager and in 2008 bought the company in a management buyout. Under his ownership and direction, turnover has grown from £3m to £8m, expanded into several new markets and gained many industry accreditations.

This year, Craig’s entrepreneurial flair and vision oversaw the development of Future’s new Aerospace Production Facility and expansion of the R&D Centre of Excellence.

To find out more about the Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2017 and our sponsors, visit emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk/2017-finalists/.

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