The hunt for the UK’s greatest exporters in the regions is now over. Dunedin, the UK mid-market private equity firm and EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation launched a nationwide search for UK manufacturers who have excelled in exporting, as part of the fifth annual EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. The regional winners were announced at celebration events this month and now will compete for the national awards at a prestigious ceremony that will be held in London in January 2014.
The Future Manufacturing Awards are now in their fifth year, offering manufacturers and apprentices from across the UK the opportunity to showcase their achievements across seven different award categories: business growth, people and skills, innovation, export, health and safety, environment and education.
Dougal Bennett, partner of Dunedin commented: “As an investor in the British manufacturing sector, Dunedin is really pleased to recognise excellence in export growth across the UK through these awards. The ability to internationalise and access overseas markets is critical to growth and is something that we work with our own investee companies to achieve.
UK manufacturing represents some of the best talent in the world. The quality of UK manufactured products is often difficult to replicate and this helps make it suitable for exporting since it stands up well against foreign alternatives
“We would like to congratulate all the winners for their outstanding achievements in their region. The UK manufacturing industry will play a crucial role in boosting the British economy and exporting represents a major part of this. This was a highly competitive process and we commend all those businesses that took part. We are very much looking forward to the national awards in January to find out which business will be selected as the overall UK winner.”
List of winners & runners-up by region:
Yorkshire and North East:
Winner of the award for Export Growth: Kingspan Access Floors
Runner up: Sheffield Precision Medical Ltd
Winner of the award for Export Development: Kiveton Park Steel
Runner up: Miller International Ltd
Winner of the award for Outstanding Exports: Trolex Ltd
Runner up: Totalpost
Winner of the award for Export Growth: Grainger and Worrall
Runner up: Belton Massey Ltd
Winner of the award for Export Development: Egbert & Taylor
Runner up: Solios Thermal
Winner of the award for Outstanding Exports: Haystack Dryers Ltd
Runner up: Advanced Insulation Plc
Winner of the award for Export Growth: Chas. A. Blatchford & Sons
Runner up: JDR
Winner of the award for Export Development: Pai Skin Care
Runner up: Scarab Sweepers Ltd