Awards honour Yorkshire’s manufacturers

Awards honour Yorkshire’s manufacturers

Manufacturers from across the region have been honoured at Insider's annual Made in Yorkshire Awards, with well-known names from a host of sectors among the winners at the event, which was compered by Ian Moore and took place last night at the Hilton City Hotel in Leeds. It was sponsored by Ameresco, HSBC UK, Michael Page Engineering & Manufacturing and Vanilla Solutions.

Digital Engineering/Technology Award
Winner: Sewtec
Sewtec differentiated itself in producing bespoke automation work for clients all over the world including Nestle, Mars, Unilever and Procter & Gamble.
Shortlisted:
Daval Furniture
Samuel Grant Packaging
Jepson & Co Ltd

Manufacturing Apprenticeship/Training Scheme Award
Winner: Severfield (UK) Ltd
The Thirsk-based company has more than 800 staff in the UK but has specifically recruited trainees with no previous skills or experience, saying that attitude, drive and ambition are more important.
Shortlisted:
Joshua Ellis & Co Ltd
Polypipe Building Products
Christeyns

Export Award
Sponsored by: HSBC UK
Winner: LabLogic Group Holdings
The judges said that a massive effort to boost export sales had been backed up by impressive financials.
Shortlisted:
OE Electrics Ltd
Distinctive Chesterfields
A-SAFE HQ Ltd
Sewtec
AESSEAL

Apprentice of the Year Award
Winner: Harry Westcott - RB

The judging panel were hugely impressed with all of five of the apprentices but said Westcott's ambition clearly stood out.
Shortlisted:
Callum Tonks – Severfield (UK) Ltd
Emily Allen - Jepson & Co Ltd
Aaron Robinson - Jepson & Co Ltd
Katie Andrews - Liberty Speciality Steels

Manufacturing Innovation Award
Sponsored by: Vanilla Solutions

Winner: Duvalay Ltd
The mattress topper manufacturer has invented the world's lightest bespoke caravan mattress, made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles.
Highly Commended: Daval Furniture
Shortlisted:
Andel Ltd
Sound Leisure
Moduloft
Jepson & Co Ltd

Medical, Life Sciences & Healthcare Award
Winner: RB

The company is bringing UK science graduates to work in Hull at its £105m Science and Innovation Centre and encouraging more young people to study STEM subjects and build careers.
Shortlisted:
BetterYou Ltd
LabLogic Group Holdings

Sustainable/Ethical Manufacturer Award
Sponsored by: Ameresco
Winner: Texfelt Ltd
Texfelt specialises in sustainable products manufactured from recycled fibres with core markets in flooring, furniture and bedding sectors.
Shortlisted:
BIDBI
Cooper King Distillery Ltd

Collaboration Award
Winner: PolyGlobal

The manufacturer has launched a range of high-performance materials to meet increasing customer demand for stronger and more durable alternatives in critical industries.
Shortlisted:
ASSEAL
Cod Beck Blenders Ltd

Food & Drink Award
Winner: North Brewing Co

The judges said North Brewing could be a real star of the future after securing listings with retailers including Marks and Spencer and Booths.
Shortlisted
Moss Valley Fine Meats
Regal Food Products Group plc
Burgess Pet Care
Binghams
Cooper King Distillery Ltd

Manufacturer of the Year (under £25m) 
Sponsored by: Michael Page Engineering & Manufacturing
Winner: OE Electrics
From its new manufacturing facility at Calder Park, OE has invested in product development and expanding sales into new markets.
Highly Commended: Conservatory Outlet Ltd
Shortlisted:
Sewtec
Specialised Covers
Duvalay Ltd
The Shire Bed Company

Manufacturer of the Year (over £25m)
Winner: A-SAFE HQ Ltd

The judges said A-SAFE embraces the unknown and is not afraid to invest in research, development and production equipment to answer a customer's problem.
Highly Commended: AESSEAL
Shortlisted:
Severfield (UK) Ltd
Bluetree Group
Willerby