National awards for SMEs
Bradford-based precision engineers Produmax and Andover-based MRT Castings were both recognised at the recent Make UK National Manufacturing Awards
Produmax was announced as SME Manufacturer of the Year, while MRT Castings won the national Manufacturing Matters award, a special category introduced this year to recognise companies who have contributed to the national effort to deal with the pandemic.
MRT Castings pulled out all the stops to meet a five-fold increase in demand for die-cast, machined and painted components for critical care ventilators. It installed a new die-casting machine, put on extra shifts, recruited more staff bought two new machining centres.
Held virtually the Make UK awards saw Gripple based in Sheffield pick up three national awards. The company was named the overall Manufacturer of the Year and also picked up awards for Developing Future Talent and Business Growth & Strategy.
Two Apprentices from Tharsus, the automation and strategic machine manufacturer, based in Blyth also picked up national awards. Hamish Carroll was given the Apprentice Endeavour Award while Sophie Laidlaw was given the Engineering Apprentice Rising Star award. Tharsus itself was also runner up in the Manufacturing Matters award.
Awards were also given to two Apprentices from Luton based Leonardo. Ella Legg picked up the national Business Apprentice Final Year award while Jack Hempsall was given a highly commended award in the Engineering Apprentice Final Year category.
BAe Systems Submarines, based in Barrow, also picked up two awards. Adam Houlden picked up the winning award in the Business Apprentice Rising Star category while Miles Eastwood was runner-up in the Business Apprentice Final Year category. Jessica Stone from Airbus picked up the Engineering Apprentice Final Year Award.
Bericap, the manufacturer of plastic closures based in Hull picked up the national health & safety award while Whitecroft Lighting based in Manchester, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of commercial lighting, picked up the energy and sustainability award.