The Made in the Midlands awards judging panel

Manufacturing awards to celebrate 'March of the makers'

Manufacturers in the Midlands will gather to celebrate significant achievements in the region at a special awards presentation to be held in Wolverhampton on October 16 2014.

The awards, now in their fifth year, are organised annually by Made in the Midlands. The aim is to recognise high growth and innovation amongst manufacturing firms in the region. Made in the Midlands is a trade body that supports industry through lobbying, hosting events and championing manufacturing to young people, representing more than 250 Midlands manufacturing firms. Made in the Midlands also provides the UK government with regular feedback on the views of Midlands manufacturing firms.

Judges for the awards were comprised of industry peers and patrons of Made in the Midlands. Ian Shepherd, Partner of MPM Insurance said: “It’s amazing to see that the Midlands continues to demonstrate why the rest of the UK relies on this region for manufacturing. The skill set and entrepreneurial flair with a determination towards quality was very evident.”

Manufacturing has a strong industrial base in the Midlands, with the likes of Jaguar Land Rover achieving notable global success. However, the Made in the Midlands judges were impressed at the diversity of manufacturers in the region.

Charles Addison, chief operating officer for Made in the Midlands, said: "It is fantastic to see so many Midlands manufacturing companies growing and investing. When people talk about manufacturing they often end up discussing one or two big names, but our members last year created more jobs than Jaguar Land Rover. What makes this remarkable is that many of them do not even supply into the automotive sector.

“British manufacturing is back and here to stay. We all need to get behind British engineering and these awards are a great way to do that.”

Jason Pitt, chief operating officer for Made in the Midlands, said: “We are proud to have played our part in changing the perception of manufacturing a forward thinking, innovative industry that is creating real, sustainable jobs in Britain”.

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