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Large Manufacturer of the Year
Sponsored by University of Gloucestershire
This category is for design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering companies with 250 or more employees, which are achieving success nationally or internationally – or both. Judges will look for evidence of ambition, strategic growth, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision, excellent record of staff development, environmental awareness and a commitment to their local or business sector community.
Medium Manufacturer of the Year
Sponsored by Bruton Knowles
This category recognises the successes achieved by design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering companies with 51-249 employees. Judges will look for evidence of growth in their market, innovation and leadership as well as a clear vision, excellent record of staff development, environmental awareness and a commitment to their local or business community.
Small Manufacturer of the Year
Across the Cotswolds, hundreds of smaller design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering companies with up to 50 employees are achieving extraordinary success. They may be a newcomer, operate in a niche sector or be an ambitious smaller player in a big sector. Judges will look for innovation, an excellent record of employee development and commitment to building a financially sustainable business.
Outstanding Leadership Award
Sponsored by QuoLux
Exceptional business leaders can drive a business to greater heights. This award will recognise bosses who have raised their own game for the greater good of the business. Judges will look for strategic thinkers with ambition for their business and a clear commitment to all of those working within it.
Exporter of the Year
Sponsored by Barclays
This category celebrates the export successes of design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering companies of products or intellectual property. Judges will look for evidence of companies entering new overseas markets or increasing sales in established international markets.
Technology Innovation Award
Sponsored by Kava Communications
Innovation is essential if design, prototype, manufacturing and engineering companies are to thrive and grow in increasingly competitive markets. This award recognises success in commercialising innovations and new technologies. The innovation may have been developed entirely within the company, or acquired in whole or in part from a third party and actively developed or rolled out to market.
Best Research & Development Project
Sponsored by Hazlewoods
Research and development is critical to long-term sustainable growth. Before technological innovation happens, R&D must first pave the way for the commercial decision whether or not to invest in a new product or service. Judges will be looking for evidence of a successful research and development project by a design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering company related to its growth strategy.
Sustainable Manufacturing Award
Sponsored by Severn Wye Energy Agency
Minimising the environmental impact of manufacturing is increasingly important for businesses legally, ethically and financially. This category examines a company’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact throughout the business. The award will go to the design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering company or plant that can best demonstrate a positive and active employee-wide approach to improving environmental awareness and performance.
Employee of the Year
Sponsored by Omega Resource Group
It’s often the company bosses who get the praise. However, at every level within a design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering company, there are employees who go the extra mile to achieve. Such energy can significantly benefit a business. Judges will look for an individual who is providing that vital work ethic that helps the business maintain or build on its success.
Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by GET (Gloucestershire Engineering Training)
This award celebrates the outstanding contribution of apprentices working in any role or department of a company within the design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing or engineering sector. Judges will assess entries on the apprentice’s skills development and look for evidence of hard work and commitment. Also considered will be their career development and willingness to embrace opportunities across the business to build their knowledge.
Award for Educational Partnership
Sponsored by SGS College – Berkeley Green
This award celebrates design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering companies in building successful partnerships with education, encouraging the next generation into the industry. Entries will showcase company initiatives engaging with young people to raise the profile of the sector. The financial commitment to educational engagement will depend on the size of company. This will be taken into account by the judges.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Sponsored by BPE Solicitors
This award will be presented to the person who has contributed to the growth and success of the Cotswolds’ business community over many years. Decided by the judges – no nominations are required – the winner of this category will have a truly outstanding level of achievement and a track record of excellence in business.