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Made in Sheffield 2011
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Forgemasters hailed at glittering Made in Sheffield Awards

The Made in Sheffield Awards last night recognised the achievements of businesses and individuals that have done the most to embody South Yorkshire’s tradition for craftsmanship and bolster its international reputation. A gala dinner at Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield drew together a gathering of more than 300 business leaders to celebrate the strength and dynamism of the Sheffield brand. Compèred by journalist and Today presenter Justin Webb, the event rewarded the stand-out achievers working in the manufacturing sector. Forgemasters scooped the Made in Sheffield Award for setting impeccable standards and acting as a trailblazer for the industry as a whole. Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Sheffield Hallam Nick Clegg told guests "the hopes of the whole country are genuinely on what you can achieve".

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The Awards
Made in Sheffield Award

Winner Sheffield Forgemasters International

"Overwhelming" winner Forgemaster was described as being synonymous with Sheffield and a true champion of the region. As an inspiration to other UK companies and a leader of British and global manufacturing, Forgemasters was deemed by the judges to have contributed most to maintaining the national and international renown of the Made in Sheffield Brand for high quality craftsmanship so synonymous with the Sheffield City Region.

Sponsored by DLA Piper

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Apprentice of the Year Award

Winner Luke Shaw, Firth Rixson

Shortlisted Neil Rodger, Kostal; Christopher Lark, Tata Steel; Luke Shaw, Firth Rixson

Luke Shaw, who works in the maintenance department of Firth Rixson Metals and has been an apprentice electrician since 2008, was simply described as an “outstanding” apprentice who has become a real ambassador for the company too.

Sponsored by The P&A Group of Companies

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Manufacturer Support Award

Winner University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing

Shortlisted JRI, Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI), University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing

With national asset AMRC playing an absolutely pivotal role in the city region’s manufacturing revival, the judges felt there could really only be one winner in this category.

Sponsored by Barber Harrison and Platt

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Investment in People Award

Winner Firth Rixson

Shortlisted Sheffield Forgemasters International, Firth Rixson, Bag It Don’t Bin It

Firth Rixson scooped this award after judges declared it had “done wonders” in setting up the academy and in changing its wider working practices in recent years. The business had demonstrated how training could play an integral part in a company’s success.

Sponsored by Creativesheffield

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Exporter of the Year Award

Winner William Beckett Plastics

Shortlisted AESSEAL, Sheffield Forgemasters International, William Beckett Plastics

William Beckett Plastics, one of the leading manufacturers of specialised plastic packaging for the cutting tool industry, won the award with 2010 export sales growing by more than 30 per cent, driven strongly by the US and German markets.

Sponsored by Barclays Corporate

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Innovation Award

Winner AESSEAL

Shortlisted AESSEAL, EMSc UK, Arnold Wragg

This category showcased an excellent and varied shortlist. The judges said the winner AESSEAL was a business where innovation ran throughout the company and was being exported across the world.

Sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University

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