Institution launches new manufacturing award for Yorkshire

Manufacturing companies in Yorkshire have just six weeks to apply to take part in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

Manufacturing Excellence offers companies a new online tool which provides free, immediate and targeted business advice.

Yorkshire and the North East have also been selected to have a regional award, with the winning companies announced in December 2013.

Philippa Oldham, head of manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said:

“I would urge businesses in Yorkshire and the North East to take this opportunity to receive this free expert advice, as well as to be in with a chance of winning a prestigious Manufacturing Excellence Award.

“In a time of fierce competition in business, the expert advice provided through the Manufacturing Excellence Awards could make the difference between a company’s success and failure.

“The easy to use online assessment tool will be available for just six weeks from September 9.”

Chris Rea, managing director of AESSEAL, a company based in Rotherham, which was the Overall winning company for the 2011 Manufacturing Excellence Awards said:

“Our business engaged in a benchmarking exercise with the Manufacturing Excellence Awards, which became an important part of our ‘Excellence Programme’ and we grew from £31 million to £124 million sales over a 10 year period.

“I can therefore heartily recommend the Manufacturing Excellence Awards as an opportunity to learn more about business improvement opportunities and to grow and develop your business too.”

The Manufacturing Excellence Awards have been helping UK manufacturing companies improve for over 30 years. This year marks the launch of a new, streamlined process aimed at providing expert advice in an easier format. All companies who complete the assessment, which takes just 4 hours to complete, will receive an instantaneous report highlighting key areas for improvement. The five steps are:

  1. Register online, complete the company and financial profile
  2. Complete the core questions
  3. Receive instant personalised feedback for your business
  4. Entrants in West Midlands and Yorkshire / North East England are put forward for regional awards
  5. Regional celebration events where Award winners are announced

The 2013 Manufacturing Excellence Awards is run in partnership with The ERA Foundation, Lombard and WMG; it is supported by the CBI and the MTC.

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