Future Manufacturing Awards: Business Award Categories

Our Future Manufacturing Awards highlight the resilience, determination and ingenuity of the UK’s manufacturing community, providing a fantastic opportunity to showcase everything that is great about our industry.

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Below are the Business Award categories:

Business Growth Award

This award has been developed to recognise the most dynamic business growth based on actively managed and consistently delivered growth strategy. 


Examples include:

  • Investment made in technology/factory/staff to support growth objectives

  • Developed new products/service

  • Entered new markets locally or globally

Developing People Award

In partnership with Jonathan Lee Recruitment

This award has been developed to recognise those that have done the most to build skills, harness talent and develop employees. You should enter this category if you have improved or increased skills, training and development opportunities through accredited qualifications programmes or local workplace initiatives.

Examples Include:

  • Implemented new training programme to meet skills gap within existing resource
  • Improved an existing skills programme
  • Invested in apprenticeship training

Environmental Achievement Award

This award has been developed to recognise those that have done the most to improve overall environmental performance and enhance sustainability. This could have been achieved through efficiency savings in the use of raw materials, energy, water; the adoption of clean technologies; improved waste management and recycling; and/or more generally changing operational processes to increase environmental efficiency.

Examples include:

  • Addressed the environmental impact of waste and resources
  • Promoted environmental awareness internally and externally


Export Award

This award has been developed to recognise the development and implementation of a new international trade strategy that has led to successfully trading goods and/or services in the last three years. This could include export, creating new distribution channels or through international collaboration.

Examples include:

  • Developed a new product and or service for an existing market
  • Increased distribution base
  • Opened office/s offshore
  • Exported to new international market(s)

Health and Safety Award

This award has been developed to recognise progress in improving the occupational health and safety culture of the workplace by introducing new or developing existing initiatives. In view of the HSE’s Helping Great Britain Work Well strategy this could include initiatives that tackle work-related ill-health, especially Occupational stress, work-related musculoskeletal disorders and Occupational lung disease, other initiatives include promoting broader ownership of health and safety, Simplifying risk management, anticipating and tackling new health and safety challenges, promoting the benefits of an effective health and safety strategy.

Examples Include:

  • Implementing programmes looking at occupational stress, work-related musculoskeletal disorders or occupational lung disease
  • Implemented programmes to improve employee safety including the reduction of accident rates
  • Implemented a programme to reduce sickness absence
  • Improved understanding of compliance through an educational programme

Innovation Award

In partnership with HVM Catapult

This award celebrates innovations executed through new products, processes, markets and business models. Such innovations will be governed by strategic intent and have driven greater productivity, efficiency and or business growth, within the last three years. This could include successful practices associated with the design and delivery of a new product to market, or processes relating to production, business management or restructuring which have significantly increased benefits.

Examples include:

  • Investment made in new technology and/or factory
  • Improved efficiencies through new ways of working
  • A new business model to take the business in a new direction
  • New product to market

Partnerships Award

Awarded to the company that has done the most to promote engineering and manufacturing careers through activities within the community and in partnership with education providers. This could be through formal and or informal collaborative agreements.

Examples include:

  • Developed a programme to visit local primary and secondary schools to talk about business and career opportunities within the sector
  • Linkages made with schools (that offer engineering qualifications) to offer work placements
  • Collaborative Community activity to drive/ promote manufacturing
  • Created engineering related challenges for students to enter
  • Providing rehabilitation/ back to work programmes for careers in manufacturing

Leadership Award

In partnership with Liberty House Group

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or made a significant contribution to a company project or initiative, showing true commitment and dedication.

Examples include:

  • An individual who played a vital role in the conception/ design or execution of a project
  • An individual who went above and beyond their expected role taking a leadership role and being an integral part of the success of the project

The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards are supported by:

Category partners

  • HVM
  • JLrecruitment
  • Liberty-logo
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