With manufacturing expected to grow by more than 2.5 per cent in 2014, companies of all sizes across South East Midlands and Central & East of England are being invited to seek the recognition they and the industry deserves in the first ever Made in England Awards.
Aimed at showcasing products and services made in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, South Northamptonshire, Northampton, Daventry, Kettering, Corby, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, the Awards held in association with South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) aims to recognise those companies that are continually investing and innovating for the benefit of their customers, stakeholders and the wider UK economy.
Companies that enter these awards will also benefit from high levels of publicity and promotion across the region.
Marlen Roberts, managing director at Insider Media, which organises the awards dinner said: "The Made in England Awards aim to showcase products and services that are made or delivered in these regions and the entrepreneurs or companies behind them.
"This awards dinner not only celebrates incredible innovation from across the region, but aims to raise the profile of those companies at the pinnacle of advances in manufacturing, creative design, innovation and technology. The awards also recognise companies in the key sectors of automotive and food and drink."
Commenting on the importance and role of manufacturing, she added: "At Insider we were frustrated by the lack of opportunity manufacturers have to showcase their products and the investment they make in innovation that keeps them competitive globally.
"Companies that are continually innovating and investing in the future deserve this recognition and we actively encourage businesses to take advantage of this opportunity."
Daniel Mouawad, chief executive of SEMLEP, said: "SEMLEP is committed to stimulating the manufacturing and advanced technology sector so we are delighted to be hosting this prestigious Made in England awards evening in the South East Midlands, an event which will celebrate and recognise the wealth of manufacturing companies, talent and skills based here in the heart of the UK."
The Made in England Awards includes seven categories:
Aerospace and Defence Award
Food and Drink Award
Apprenticeship or Company Training Scheme Award
Manufacturing Company of the Year Award
Winners will be announced at the Made in the England Awards Dinner, which takes place at the Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes on 14 May.
Winners of Made in England will automatically be entered for the Made in the UK Awards which will be part of the International Festival for Business in 2014.
For further details on how to enter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.