And the winner is…
Last week we won Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year at the inaugural Made in the South West Awards run by Insider Media Ltd. What a great feeling, hearing our name called out, collecting our trophy onstage, enjoying the acknowledgement, and then the best moment… letting the awesome Green Fuels team know that we – they – had done it.
This prestigious event was launched to highlight and celebrate excellence in manufacturing throughout the South West and to recognise the region’s most innovative and successful companies, particularly businesses that have embraced sustainability, innovation and exporting. We truly appreciate the recognition.
Dave Harvey, the event’s host, said: “The Made in the South West Awards represents a real opportunity for businesses to declare their credentials and heritage.” He described them as a symbol of the region’s ongoing commitment to quality and excellence as the UK looks to manufacturing to rebalance its economy.
Bonnie Dean, chief executive of Bristol & Bath Science Park and one of the event’s keynote speakers, said her organisation saw itself as an innovation enabler. We liked her statement that the UK remains second only to the US in idea generation. She also drew our attention to the fact that there are 5,000 PHD students in the South West, one of the highest concentrations in the UK.
Here’s another interesting fact we learnt, this time from Graham Cole, the chairman of AgustaWestland and regional chairman designate of the CBI. Apparently in the South West when we start a new business we have a reputation for sticking at it and don’t give up until our businesses succeed. As a consequence we have the lowest “business death rate” in the UK.
Everyone was talking about the government’s industrial strategy which aims to see manufacturing’s contribution to GDP increase by 25 per cent. Cole made a valuable point when he said that such a strategy had to be forever rather than just during a crisis and we agree. He also talked about more effective working between large companies and small and medium-sized businesses, a subject dear to our hears because we seek out and work with a number of South West businesses, including fabricators and controls specialists, to provide locally manufactured world class products.
This is exciting time for the manufacturing sector and we’re happy to be part of it.