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Champions recognising manufacturing people at awards

Two of Greater Manchester’s Manufacturing Champions will be joining the judging panel for the Manufacturing Management Awards.

The 2017 awards, organised by Manufacturing Management magazine, are due to be held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on 7 December, and are now open for entrants. With a record 11 categories to enter, this is an opportunity for manufacturing businesses to showcase the talent and commitment of a team or individual from their operation.

The awards recognise manufacturing excellence – from inspirational managers who have transformed staff morale, to operators who have gone above and beyond to find innovative solutions to existing problems, taking in the teams who have worked together to develop a health and safety strategy that the whole site has bought into.

Each category is judged by a panel of experts, made up of industry leaders, previous winners and organisations.

This year Greater Manchester Manufacturing Champions; Tim Monaghan, European President of Diodes Incorporated and Alan Purvis, Managing Director, Mettler-Toledo Safeline Ltd, will join Sam Nicholson, Head of Manufacturing and Engineering for the Business Growth Hub in judging the entries in the SME Innovators Award which is brand new for this year.

Tim Monaghan                    Alan Purvis 

Sam said, “It’s a privilege to judge this category, which is a chance to recognise the talented people operating at the heart of sector. Along with my fellow judges I’m excited to see the how businesses across the UK are striving to achieve operational excellence through its people.”

The SME Innovators Award, which is limited to companies with 250 employees or fewer, is designed to celebrate the team that demonstrates that size doesn’t matter when it comes to showcasing the best of manufacturing talent.

On top of this, the remaining categories, which are open to all, cover everything from maintenance to skills, and from health and safety to leadership. Businesses can enter multiple employees or teams for multiple categories.

Chris Beck, Editor of Manufacturing Management Magazine said;

“The Manufacturing Champions Awards are our way of saying thank you to the men and women who put the Great into British Manufacturing. From the maintenance team who brought an ancient site into the 21st century to the rising stars who are making their mark on the industry, these awards celebrate the very best that industry has to offer. With EEF support, there has never been a better time to enter your stand-out teams and individuals.”

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 22 September 2017. All entries will be scrutinised by WM’s editorial team, who will pass all qualifying entries over to the panel of judges, who will meet at a judging day to decide on a final shortlist, and the overall winners.

The 2017 shortlist will be announced in November ahead of the winners being revealed at the final event in December.

For more details, and to enter into the Manufacturing Champions Awards 2017, visit

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