National Manufacturing Awards provide welcome boost
22 Feb 2021
Sheffield based employeee-owned company Gripple scored a hat trick of wins at the Make UK National Manufacturing Awards.
The firm scooped the overall Manufacturer of the Year category and also awards for Developing Future Talent and Business Growth & Strategy. Produmax, based in Bradford, won SME Manufacturer of the Year at the virtual event.
Meanwhile automation and strategic machine manufacturer Tharsus narrowly missed three wins after successes for two of its apprentices. Hamish Carroll won the Apprentice Endeavour Award and Sophie Laidlaw the Engineering Apprentice Rising Star award.
Tharsus itself narrowly missed the Manufacturing Matters award, a special category introduced this year to recognise companies who have contributed to the national effort to deal with the pandemic. Blyth-based Tharsus was runner-up to MRT Castings based in Andover.
Awards were also given to two apprentices from Luton’s Leonardo – Ella Legg picked up the national Business Apprentice Final Year award and Jack Hempsall received a highly commended award in the Engineering Apprentice Final Year category.
Double winner BAe Systems Submarines in Barrow was represented by Adam Houlden, winner of 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.