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Large Manufacturer of the Year

Sponsored by Circle2Success

This category is for design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering companies with a turnover of more than £25m, 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 sectoral community.

SME Manufacturer of the Year

Sponsored by Bruton Knowles

Across the Cotswolds, hundreds of smaller design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering companies with turnovers of up to £25m are achieving extraordinary success. They may operate in a niche sector, of 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

The Britain is GREAT exporting campaign run by UKTI showcases the best of what the UK has to offer at home and abroad. 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.

Disruptor of the Year Award

Sponsored by University of Gloucestershire

Is a product you’re manufacturing or a service you’re offering really shaking things up and disrupting the sector in which you work? We welcome nominations from any design, prototype, assembly, engineering or manufacturing company which is producing something that is breaking down barriers, pushing into new markets, reinvigorating a tired industry sector or introducing a new way of working or doing business.

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.

Best Place to Work

Sponsored by BPE Solicitors

What makes your company the best place to work? Is it the salary they pay you? The bonuses you get? The company benefits, the one-off perks? Or is it simply that your boss appreciates you, celebrates your achievements, rewards you and supports you and your team when you need it. This award celebrates the design, prototype, assembly, manufacturing and engineering businesses which look after their staff and make their offices a great place to work.

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.

Sustainable Manufacturing Award

Sponsored by Lockton Companies

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.