Insider’s annual celebration of the region’s manufacturing sector, the Made in the North East Awards, took place last night (18th October 2018) and among the winners were a high-end drinks maker, a family-run confectioner and an electric vehicle technology developer.
NRG’s client relationship manager, Julie Mordue, attended as a guest of Jumpstart, joining leading North East manufacturing businesses in celebrating their success.
Insider‘s regional business editor Philip Cunliffe said: “Confidence has really picked up over the last few months, with manufacturing activity in the region rising to a historic high.” He added that the skills drive across the sector is “beginning to make a real difference” in the region, which was also highlighted in a new award category for 2018, Apprentice of the Year. The event took place at Redworth Hall Hotel and was hosted by Ian Moore. The keynote speaker was Frank Millar, chief operating officer at CPI.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners – a fantastic accolade and a testament to the strength of the manufacturing sector in our region.
Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Scheme Award
Sponsored by Venator
Winner: EDM Zone
The precision engineering specialists offer a four-year apprenticeship programme which includes qualifications.
Manufacturing Innovation Award
Supported by Digital Catapult NETV
Winner: Soil Machine Dynamics
SMD makes remote intervention equipment for the harshest environments worldwide.
Highly commended: SONE Products
Turbo Power Systems
Fentimans has created products specifically for new markets, including root beer for the US and yuzu tonic water for the Far East. It also has a target of reaching 100 territories by the end of 2019.
Highly commended: Walker Filtration
Digital Engineering/Technology Award
Sponsored by Jackson Hogg Recruitment
Winner: Metrology Software Products
The nature of the company’s products allowed it to reach a turnover of £2.8m, despite it only having a 34-strong team.
Food & Drink Award
After securing its first export order this year, the family-run confectioner, which makes Choc Nibbles, is currently in discussions with distribution partners in the Benelux region and North America.
SK Chilled Foods
On A Roll Sandwich Company
Sustainable/Ethical Manufacturer Award
Sponsored by Barclays
Winner: Thomas Swan
The chemicals maker ensures its sustainability targets match those of the UN.
Marmax Products Ltd
Sponsored by Jumpstart UK
Winner: Hyperdrive Innovation
The disruptive technology firm, which supplies creative systems to power electric vehicles, homes and businesses, is attracting international clients.
Plastic Mouldings Northern
Paragon Rapid Technologies
Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Jack Munt, Venator
Jack completed his NVQ in record time for a Venator apprentice and is expected to complete a HNC in chemical engineering with a distinction.
Joe Peacock, Venator
Danny Drape, EDM Zone
Manufacturer of the Year (under £25m)
Sponsored by Northern Skills Group
Winner: The Expanded Metal Company
In the past 12 months the business has invested significantly in developing and enhancing its product range.
Tyne Valley Plastics
Manufacturer of the Year (over £25m)
Sponsored by Nice Network
Last year coatings giant AkzoNobel officially launched its £100m flagship manufacturing facility in Ashington, capable of doubling production levels to 200 million litres per year.