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Cotswold Life launches regional Engineering, Manufacturing & Innovation Awards

PUBLISHED: 17:23 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 11 March 2015

The Cotswold Life EMI Awards

The Cotswold Life EMI Awards


Regular readers of this magazine will know how passionately we believe in engineering, manufacturing and innovation and how much support we have given the sector within our pages over the last four years. The launch of Cotswold Life EMI awards is a continuation of this support.

We champion Cotswold companies who dream up new ideas, research them, design and build prototypes, bring them to production and either employ thousands of people to make and sell them across the world or support other companies in doing so. These companies bring millions of pounds into our economy and employ people at every stage of their working lives.

Every year we’ve held a very successful manufacturing lunch, and this year we’re investing even more in the sector by launching the Cotswold Life EMI (Engineering, Manufacturing and Innovation) awards.

On September 17, 2015, at Cheltenham Town Hall, we will be celebrating the Cotswold companies which research, design, make and export in a whole range of sectors, from aerospace, pharmaceuticals, automotive, measurement, renewables, textiles, food production and many more. We are planning a truly inspiring and colourful awards evening to entertain our guests. In this issue we are proud to announce the categories, criteria and nomination forms.

According to the 2015 Engineering UK report, engineering and skilled engineers contributed an incredible £455.6 billion (£27%) of the UK’s total £1,683 billion GDP in 2014, and look set to continue to do so. The trouble is that unless you work in the sector, or have family or friends who do, while it’s easy to recognise manufacturers such as the MINI plant in Oxford or the Honda factory in Swindon, most of us drive past some of our biggest local manufacturers such as GE Aviation, Moog, Delphi, Renishaw, Owen Mumford or Oxford Instruments to name just a few, without a second thought as to what they actually do. But of course the things they make and the research they undertake help mitigate the grand global challenges of climate change, ageing populations, food, clean water and energy.

More worryingly, the report also says that the UK at all levels of education does not have either the current capacity or the required rate of growth needed to meet the forecast demand for skilled engineers by 2022. The good news, according to Dr Anil Kumar, director of Education and Research at Engineering UK, a not for profit organisation which works in partnership with the engineering community to promote the vital role of engineers and engineering to society, is that engineering enterprises have the potential to generate an additional £27 billion per year from 2022.

The Cotswold Life Engineering, Manufacturing and Innovation awards are a brand new and unique opportunity for all research, design, engineering and manufacturing companies, large and small, whatever you produce – from aircraft parts to clothing and even food production, to come together to meet, network and celebrate excellence and we urge you to enter by filling in the nomination form or online:


Deadline for entries is 25 May 2015.


Best Start-up Company

Sponsored by: Gloucestershire County Council

Open to all prototype and design, assembly, manufacturing and engineering companies trading for less than two years. Entrants must show business progress in line with a business plan. The business and employees will have a clear understanding of its products, competitors and its marketplace. Existing businesses under new management are not eligible in this category.

Sustainable Manufacturing Award

Sponsored by: Lockton Global

Minimising manufacturing’s environmental impact is increasingly significant legally, ethically and financially. This category examines the sustainable commitment of a business: reducing environmental impact of processes, supply chain, logistics, buildings and facilities. The award will go to the design and prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering company or plant that best demonstrates environmental performance improvement.

Award for Educational Partnership

Sponsored by: Gloucestershire Engineering Training

Celebrates the success of design and prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering companies in building partnerships between businesses and education. The category will showcase outreach initiatives undertaken to engage with businesses, children and young people to relate academic study to the world of work.

Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by: Gloucestershire College

Celebrates the outstanding contribution of an apprentice working in the design and prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering sector to their workplace, and exceptional progress in their skills development and studies. Judges will look for proof of hard work and commitment to their personal development and progression through learning.

Employee of the Year

Sponsored by: Omega Resource Group

The bosses of every successful company get their fair share of praise. But at every level with a design and prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering business people with drive, energy and commitment have a real bearing on a its success. He or she will be responsible for providing a vital ingredient that enables the company to maintain its success.

Exporter of the Year

Sponsorship available

Celebrating the achievements of design and prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering businesses which have developed their export strategy to reach new markets and enhance existing ones. This award will go to the company or plant that has increased international sales and can demonstrate the business value of exporting.

Smart Product Award

Sponsored by: Hardware Group

Celebrating the achievements of design and prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering businesses that have successfully designed and delivered a new product to market within the last three years that has driven innovation and offered a competitive edge. The product could even be an intelligent device which drives greater productivity, efficiency and/or decision making. The jury will look at factors such as increased competitiveness resulting from innovation, the pace of implementation and responsiveness to market requirements.

Best Research & Development Project

Sponsored by: Hazlewoods

R&D is critical to the long term growth and diversity of a business. Whether you are a small or large design and prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering business, R&D will drive your success. Judges will look for evidence of a successful R&D project related to the business growth strategy.

2015 Manufacturing Genius

Sponsored by: Bruton Knowles

Judges will be looking to give this award to an individual who has demonstrated enterprise, vision, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in setting up a pioneering or unique new design or prototype, assembly, manufacturing, engineering business, product or innovation.

Technology Innovation of the Year Award

Sponsored by: Oxford Brookes University

Innovation lies at the heart of successful design and prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering companies and this award recognises outstanding success in commercialising new technologies. The innovation may have been developed entirely within the company or acquired in whole or part from outside, and comprise all or part of the company’s intellectual property.

CEO of the Year

Sponsored by: QuoLux

This award recognises the excellence of an individual in managing and leading their organisation. This award will go to the CEO of a design and prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering company or plant that best demonstrates the value of inspirational leadership. Judges will look for strategic thinking and leadership and the aptitude, vision, ambition and drive to lead a successful business.

Manufacturer of the Year 2015

Sponsored by: Glantus Ltd

Successful entrants will need to show outstanding achievement in all aspects of their organisation. The judges will be looking for strong growth, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision, an excellent track record of staff training and development, environmental awareness and a commitment to the community, innovation, ambition, and profit growth.

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