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Future Manufacturing Awards: Business Award Categories

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Business Growth and Strategy

Developing Future Talent

Health and Safety





Business Growth and Strategy - in partnership with RSM

This award has been developed to recognise the most dynamic business growth based on an actively managed and consistently delivered growth strategy, this could include business expansion, product diversification or the implementation of a new international trade strategy. 

Examples include:

  • Demonstrate market share growth in a new industry segment or overseas market
  • Investment made in technology/factory/staff to support industry beating growth objectives
  • Developed new products/service which led to significant business secured from new customers
  • Overcame challenges to enter new markets locally or globally
  • Increased distribution base



Developing Future Talent

This award has been developed to recognise those that have done the most to build skills, talent and develop their employees internally and/ or promote engineering and manufacturing careers through activities within the community.

Examples include:

  • Improved or increased skills, training and development opportunities through accredited qualifications programmes or local workplace initiatives.
  • Implemented new training programme to meet skills gap within existing resource
  • Developed a programme to visit local primary and secondary schools to talk about business and career opportunities within the sector
  • Collaborative Community activity to drive/ promote manufacturing


Health and Safety - in partnership with AIG

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 - in partnership with 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.

Examples include:

  • New product or process innovation supported by investment in digital manufacturing technologies
  • Investment made in a technology that is new to your sector
  • Driving a collaboration partnership – in the supply chain or university – to bring a new manufactured solution to the market
  • Improved efficiencies through new ways of working
  • A new business model to take the business in a new direction
  • New product to market




This award has been developed to recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to their company through their involvement in a company project, initiative or becoming integral to the day to day operations. Showing true commitment and dedication to their employer and the manufacturing industry.

Examples include:

  • Long standing service, contributing year of dedication and commitment to their employer
  • An individual who played a vital role in the conception/ design or execution of a project.
  • An individual who went above and beyond expectations
  • An employee who has been a pillar of support to their team



Sustainability - in partnership with Liberty

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
  • Efficiency savings in use of raw materials
  • Introducing a new waste management or recycling plan


The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards are supported by:

Category partners

  • AIG
  • HVM
  • Liberty
  • Randstad
  • RSM

Region partner

  • Menzies
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