EEF and Aldermore launch hunt for Britain’s best manufacturers

POSTED: 31st May 2013
IN: Newsroom

Aldermore new sponsor for UK's most prestigious awards

EEF, the manufacturers' organisation and Aldermore have launched the hunt for the UK's best manufacturers. Businesses of all sizes and talented apprentices are invited to show how they are the best of British manufacturing by entering the 2013 EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

The Future Manufacturing Awards, now in their fifth year, are recognised as the leading awards programme in the manufacturing sector. It offers manufacturers and apprentices from across the UK the opportunity to showcase their achievements across eight different award categories: business growth, people and skills, innovation, export, health and safety, environment, apprentices & young engineering students.

A number of new awards, such as Partnership in Education and Sustainable Manufacturing, and a new Health and Safety category, have been added to further align the awards with current sector trends.

The EEF awards are free to enter and provide many opportunities to win. They will be judged in six regions across the UK and regional winners will be announced at celebration events in November. The regional winners will then compete for the national awards at a prestigious ceremony in London in January 2014. Both regional and national winners and runners-up gain high profile publicity for their business, as well as the accolade of winning a prestigious industry award.

EEF Chief Executive Terry Scuoler commented:

"The Future Manufacturing Awards has established itself as the biggest and most prestigious event in the manufacturing sector. As a response to the programme's popularity, I am pleased to announce that we have increased the number of categories and awards so that more of your business units can take part. This is our time to celebrate our manufacturing champions and the young apprentices who are shaping the future, and I challenge all UK manufacturers to step up and submit an entry."

Aldermore Managing Director Rob Lankey commented:

"Aldermore is proud to partner with EEF to recognise and reward the talent and great contribution that manufacturers and apprentices make to the UK economy. These awards are a testament to the talent that is being honed in the sector against a backdrop of continued economic uncertainty."

Sponsors of the individual awards include Westfield Health, JAM Recruitment, ENER-G and Rolls-Royce.

The Awards are free to enter and are open now to all UK manufacturers and businesses within the manufacturing supply chain, with a closing date of 19th July. For more information visit

The awards categories are:

Business Growth - sponsored by Westfield Health

  • Business Growth Award for SMEs
  • Business Growth Award for Large Companies

People and Skills - sponsored by JAM Recruitment

  • Investing in Skills
  • Partnership with Education


  • Operating Practices and Processes
  • Smart Product


  • Export Growth
  • Export Development

Health and Safety - sponsored by RK Harrison Insurance Services

  • Health and Safety

Environment - sponsored by ENER-G

  • Environmental Efficiency
  • Sustainable Manufacturing


  • Outstanding Achievement by a First Year Apprentice
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Second Year Apprentice (Wales only)
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Third Year Apprentice (Wales only)
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Final Year Apprentice

Young Engineering Student - sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc

  • Outstanding Achievement by a Young Engineering Student




For further information about Aldermore, our financial backers and our PR contacts, please review our Notes to Editors page.

Sophie Carroll, EEF, 020 7654 1515 / 07825533961/

About EEF

EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, is the representative voice of manufacturing in the UK. It has a growing membership of almost 6,000 companies of all sizes, employing some 900,000 people from every sector of engineering, manufacturing, engineering construction and technology-based industries.

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