The Manufacturing Champions awards are held annually at the Midland Hotel, Manchester. Now into their fifth year, the they are the only industry awards that recognise the individuals and teams who make the UK’s factories world-class. They want to recognise the brightest and best in manufacturing. From the operations director who has transformed performance to the apprentice demonstrating knowledge and skills beyond their expertise – these awards give them the national recognition they deserve.

The organisers of the show have asked our very own Paul Bell to be a judge this year in what will be the biggest and most competitive year so far.



The categories this years are:

Manufacturing Leader – The site leader who is a figurehead for on-site excellence. A team player who inspires those around him to perform to the maximum, day in, day out.

Manufacturing Team – The group that has brought the most to a manufacturing site in the past 12 months, through impressive CI work, close collaboration with customers or an improvement to internal operations.

Rising Star – One to watch for the future, the Rising Star is one who shows that age and experience are no barriers to success. Whether an apprentice delivering immediate success or a manager who is smashing KPIs, this is the category for you.

Unsung Hero – The employee who goes above and beyond to support site success. Whether that involves coming in outside of a regular shift to get a job done or singlehandedly improving the performance of their department, we want to celebrate and recognise the go-getters.

Skills/Community Champion – The employee who recognises that manufacturing’s influence extends beyond the four walls of the factory, and gets out into the local area to share their work and experience to a wider audience.

Employee Innovation – The team or individual whose bright idea has led to impressive on-site gains. Often the best ideas are the simplest ones, so we want to hear about any innovations that have boosted performance.

Health & Safety – This award celebrates the safety-conscious amongst your manufacturing teams: the ones who embody the ‘safety at all costs’ ethos that is at the cornerstone of world-class standards. This may include site-wide safety awareness programmes, healthy living initiatives or a radical idea to get employees wearing their PPE.

Maintenance Award – The team or individual who seek to make downtime a thing of the past. We want to see a proactive approach to asset care, with tangible benefits across the site.

Energy & Environment Champion – The employee or team who have done their bit for the planet – whether investing in energy-saving measures or making your site a haven for wildlife, this is the category to highlight their good work.

UK Manufacturing Hero – The site, team or individual that has made the biggest impact to the UK’s manufacturing industry in the past year. This is shortlisted and awarded by the MM editorial team, based on their experiences from time spent in the industry.


If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for one of these awards then click here to start the entry process. Entries must be submitted by Friday 14th September 2018.

We look forward to seeing you at the ceremony!