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Cotswold Life EMI Awards Winners 2016

PUBLISHED: 16:49 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:13 26 September 2016

Cotswold Life EMI Awards winners 2016

Cotswold Life EMI Awards winners 2016

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Over 450 joined us at Cheltenham Racecourse, flying the flag for regional manufacturing, engineering and innovation excellence, at the second Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards

The Cotswold Life EMI Awards celebrates a thriving industry across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. There is no other single awards ceremony that comprehensively celebrates and showcases the diversity of manufacturing in the Cotswolds. Representatives from some of the largest national manufacturing and engineering support organisations joined us to showcase the breadth and depth of innovation and skills here

The 2016 awards evening got off to a fantastic start when over 450 guests entered the room to see an aeroplane suspended high above the dinner tables. The incredible Electroflight P1, based at Stroud, has been designed by a team led by Roger Targett and is powered by high performance electric motors. Designed to set world records for an electric aircraft the Electroflight P1 is showcasing true engineering ambition demonstrating future potential for “green energy” aircraft design.

The second highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Lord Paul Drayson whose inspirational speech celebrated the Cotswold’s as a hotbed of design and manufacturing capability. Lord Drayson has developed successful businesses in food manufacturing, bioscience and motorsport research and development, and served as a Minister in the British Government, first in the Department of Defence and then in Science and Innovation.

Each of the 100 Awards entries offered an impressive insight into what’s really going on across the sector. Manufacturing is embedded in this region. It employs and trains tens of thousands and offers fantastic opportunities to anyone with ambition and drive. All the 2016 finalists and winners showcased manufacturing brilliance and collective ambition. The judging panel were impressed with the quality of nominations and the truly inspiring innovation happening within Cotswold companies.

Compèred by the BBC’s Business Correspondent for the South West, Dave Harvey, 36 finalists were present at the awards evening alongside guests and representatives from most of the UK’s most prominent manufacturing and business support organisations. These included WMG, Innovate UK,The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), SWMAS, IOD, Catapult, UKTI and many more. The awards programme was hugely supported by Cotswold businesses, including headline sponsor BPE Solicitors, associate sponsor Lloyds Banking Group and event partner Oasis Events.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Sustainable Manufacturing Award

Sponsored by: Lockton Companies

Winner: Kohler Mira Ltd, Cheltenham

Finalists:

Owen Mumford Ltd, Woodstock

Renishaw plc, Wotton-under-Edge

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Award for Educational Partnership

Sponsored by: Gloucestershire Engineering Training

Winner: Safran Landing Systems (Formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty), Cheltenham

Finalists:

Group HES, Gloucester

Unipart Manufacturing Group, Coventry

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Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by: Gloucestershire College

Winner: Molly Cartwright, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd, Coventry

Finalists:

Liam Crook, ESR Technology Ltd, Abingdon

Jon Hoppner, Xylem Dewatering Solutions UK Ltd, Cirencester

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Employee of the Year

Sponsored by: Omega Resource Group

Winner: Debora Comparin, Safran Landing Systems (Formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty), Cheltenham

Finalists:

Rob Davies, Arc Energy Resources Ltd, Eastington

John Cullimore, Group HES, Gloucester

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Best Place to Work

Sponsored by: Grundon Waste Management

Winner: Rotec Engineering Ltd (META), Evesham

Finalists:

National Composites Centre, Bristol

Weird Fish Ltd, Cheltenham

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Best Research & Development Project

Sponsored by: Hazlewoods

Winner: Snow Business International Ltd, Stroud: EcoFlake and ProFlake

Finalists:

Oxford Advanced Surfaces Ltd, Begbroke: Onto™

Poeton Industries Ltd, Gloucester: Apticote 340HT

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Technology Innovation Award

Sponsored By: Oxford Brookes University

Winner: Unipart Manufacturing Group, Coventry: PROVE (Production Readiness of Very Light Exhaust)

Finalists:

Oxford Instruments plc, Abingdon: Pulsar Bench Top NMR

Safran Landing Systems (Formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty) Cheltenham: Robotic Arm process

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Disruptor of the Year Award

Sponsored by: Land Rover Experience, Eastnor

Winner: 2-DTech Ltd, Cheltenham

Finalists:

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, Cheltenham

Corin Group, Cirencester

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Exporter of the Year

Sponsored by: Isaac Partnership

Winner: Batten & Allen Ltd, Cirencester

Finalists:

Advanced Insulation Ltd, Gloucester

Delphi Diesel Systems Ltd, Stroud

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Outstanding Leadership Award

Sponsored by: QuoLux

Winner: Kelvin Stevens, ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, Cheltenham

Finalists:

Andrew Robinson, Arc Energy Resources Ltd, Eastington

Bob Wilkins, Truturn Precision Engineering (Charfield) Ltd, Stroud

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SME Manufacturer of the Year 2016

Sponsored by: Bruton Knowles

Winner: Omega Engineering Services Ltd, Cheltenham

Finalists:

Base Performance Simulators, Banbury

Gaudio Awards Ltd, Tewkesbur

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Large Manufacturer of the Year 2016

Sponsored By: Bamboo Technology Group

Winner: Advanced Insulation Ltd, Gloucester

Finalists:

Dowty Propellers, Cheltenham

Future Advanced Manufacture, Cheltenham

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