Cotswold Life launch Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards 2016: Nominations now open
PUBLISHED: 10:08 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:08 16 February 2016
They’re back. After last year’s first ever Awards programme dedicated to celebrating the thriving Cotswolds engineering and manufacturing sector, we launch the 2016 programme.
The phenomenal success of our inaugural Cotswold Life Engineering, Manufacturing and Innovation (EMI) Awards last year was down to the incredible support of the Cotswold business community and the many industry support organisations, from WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), to Innovate UK which participated in the event and the judging process.
We are therefore enormously proud to be launching the 2016 Cotswold Life EMI Awards, and to announce that such was the success of the first year that we have had to move the September Awards ceremony to the larger venue of Cheltenham Racecourse. The Awards programme is now open and entrants can register and nominate in all categories via the website emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk
We have some new categories this year. Disruptor of the Year will look for companies that are aiming to do business in new ways, which are brave enough to upend the status quo in order to reinvigorate or widen an existing market. We’re also launching a category celebrating the Cotswolds engineering and manufacturing sector’s Best Place to Work. What is it about the place you work that makes you want to get up in the morning? We’re looking for employees to enter their companies.
The objective of the Cotswold Life EMI Awards is to raise awareness of the value and importance of engineering and manufacturing to the region as a whole. It is easy to overlook the thousands of people employed, the engineering expertise and intellectual property residing across the region, from the number of industries supporting the aerospace and other sectors in the West, to the automotive, bio and life science companies in the East, and the many companies in between that are either designing and manufacturing, or supporting the companies that do.
However, there is no denying the fact that the manufacturing sector faces serious issues with Eurozone countries still struggling and China’s economy slowing down. The 2016 Manufacturing Report, published by Hennik Research and The Manufacturer magazine, advises manufacturers to look to the growing markets of South America, and when the currency markets move against UK manufacturing, take your products upmarket and add value. Easy to write, a lot more difficult and time-consuming to put into practice.
But once again, the biggest concern across the sector is skills. In fact the report is blunt in its assessment: the UK education system is failing young people and consequently creating massive problems for the industry. This is why one of our awards is dedicated to celebrating the partnership between business and education.
Last year we saw some brilliant initiatives being rolled out by companies across the sector, engaging with young people and encouraging them and their parents (because it has been known for parents to advise their children not to go into engineering or manufacturing), to look again at a sector which is no longer oily and dirty, but exciting, dynamic and innovative.
However, despite the undoubted challenges ahead, the majority of respondents to The 2016 Manufacturing Report’s survey are positive. In fact, the report found the second-highest level of optimism recorded in its nine-year history. The majority believe that the government is managing the overall economy fairly well, although confidence in the management of manufacturing is not quite so high.
Our Cotswold Life EMI Awards are a true celebration of manufacturing and engineering excellence. They are the only regional awards to showcase the businesses located here not only to the wider business community, but also to the adults and young people living in this region. We want to reveal excellence, introducing the exciting companies often tucked away at the back of industrial parks, or behind high fences. These businesses may not sell their products locally, and may indeed export most of what they make abroad, but their staff, and often their suppliers will be local. We call upon all design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering businesses to reveal themselves. Because you never know what opportunities could
open up if you don’t step into the spotlight.
Why you should enter
Companies showcasing their success will raise their profile and are more likely to attract high calibre staff: the lifeblood of all growing businesses.
How to nominate
You can nominate your own company, or another company you admire and you can enter as many categories as you think appropriate to the business.
Sustainable Manufacturing Award
Sponsored by: Lockton Companies
Technology Innovation Award
Sponsored by: Oxford Brookes University
Award for Educational Partnership
Sponsored by: Gloucestershire Engineering Training
Disruptor of the Year Award
Sponsored by: Land Rover Experience, Eastnor
Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by: Gloucestershire College
Exporter of the Year
Sponsored by: Isaac Partnership
Employee of the Year
Sponsored by: Omega Resource Group
Outstanding Leadership Award
Sponsored by: QuoLux
Best Place to Work
Sponsored by: Grundon Waste Management
Best Research & Development Project
Sponsored by: Hazlewoods
SME Manufacturer of the Year 2016
Sponsored by: Bruton Knowles
Large Manufacturer of the Year 2016
Sponsored by: Total Ltd
Submit your nominations online