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Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018: Small Manufacturer of the Year

PUBLISHED: 09:19 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:12 21 September 2018

Small Manufacturer of the Year

Small Manufacturer of the Year


We reveal the winner of this year’s Small Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by The Growth Hub

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 Small Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by The Growth Hub.

The finalists are:

Plastim, Staverton

With 20 years of experience, Plastim’s reputation and success has been founded on a wide range of standard format thermoplastics, as well as customised material. It operates in industries ranging from oil and gas to food and packaging and aerospace. Each customer’s needs is specific to its industry, and Plastim delivers bespoke solutions. It supplies blue chip companies as part of its year-on-year expansion and now boasts a staff of 22 and a £2.2m turnover.

Truturn Precision Engineering, Stroud

Through a rigorous marketing policy, Truturn has increased its exports to 51% of the business, particularly in China. The all-female board of directors and a conscious engagement of all sales staff through a comprehensive training programme - including apprenticeships - has led to a 42% increase in the number of orders it wins. It works with FTSE 100 and Blue Chip powerhouses including Dyson, Delphi, Renishaw and the international Siemens Group. And it’s recently completed prototype and R& projects for Formula 1 racing teams. With 37 employees, it turns over £2.2m annually.

And the winner is...

Stewart Golf, Quedgeley

Stewart Golf also turns over £2.2m annually, making premium golf trolleys for discerning golfers. The company operates across multiple sales channels, from selling directly to the user through its website to selling to golf clubs, independent stores and major retailers like American Golf and Amazon. The company exports to more than 25 countries, and enjoys huge success in Canada and the US, where it has recently set up a subsidiary company to increasing marketing activity and brand awareness. Its new £1m factory in Stonehouse has afforded it 10,000sq ft of extra space, allowing it room for further growth.


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

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