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Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018: Medium Manufacturer of the Year

PUBLISHED: 09:18 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:14 21 September 2018

Medium Manufacturer of the Year

Medium Manufacturer of the Year


We reveal the winner of this year’s award for Medium Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by Bruton Knowles

On the evening of Thursday September 20, we celebrated the region’s best innovative engineering and manufacturing companies at the fourth annual Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards, held at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The glittering black tie ceremony 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 award for Medium Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by Bruton Knowles.

The finalists are:

Avon Group, Gloucester

The £50m Avon Group comprises two companies - Avon Metals and Avon Speciality Metals. Avon Metals Ltd focuses on recycling and smelting aluminium scrap into high-tech alloyed ingots. Avon Speciality Metals recycles nickel and cobalt alloys - jet engine blades - and the ethical recycling of exotic minor metals, including conflict minerals like tantalum and tungsten. Products are supplied to a range of high-tech industries with applications including aerospace, oil and gas, glass coatings, electronics, computer hardware and even the Hadron Collider.

A major fire in 2016 failed to put the company off its stride, and thanks to the efforts of Gloucestershire Fire Service and Avon’s maintenance team, the founder was back up and running the very next day. The group employs 70 people and is developing new furnace technology this year.

Leeways Packaging Services, Gloucester

Leeways has achieved 30% growth in its sales revenue over the past two years, taking it to £21.3m. Investment in technologically-advanced, energy-efficient plant and machinery has propelled the company to a new place in the market. With a focus on its people - particularly apprentices - the firm is justifiably proud of its customer service, and is continually looking for new ways to reduce packaging weight using sustainable materials, all the while keeping its products visually appealing. Opening a second manufacturing facility in Gloucestershire in 2017 has been a catalyst for growth, with an impressive forecasted turnover of £21.3m.

And the winner is...

Gtech, Warndon

When the Head of Product Development for Vax decided to quite his job and step out on his own, even he couldn’t have predicted the global success that Gtech would become. Nick Grey set up the cordless vacuum company in his garage in 2001, and since then has sold more than 22 million products in 19 countries thanks to 80 staff in the UK, US and China. Turnover is now £120m-plus. Continually pushing the boundaries of design and technology, its flagship product is the AirRam which focuses on long-term performance. Its core business is still floor care and garden tools, but last year it launched its eBike made from aviation-grade aluminium and has recently invested £10m in its headquarters in Warndon, Worcestershire.


To find out more about the Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018 and our sponsors, visit emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk.

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