The Works Management Manufacturing Champions, class of 2016 has been announced at a gala lunch, hosted by broadcaster Steph McGovern, at the Midland Hotel, Manchester.  The Manufacturing Champions reward the exciting and dynamic achievements of the people and teams in UK manufacturing and highlight the many and varied opportunities available within all sectors of manufacturing and engineering.

Qualifying entries were assessed by an expert judging panel comprising senior site managers and academia. The panel included site leaders from companies in the food and drink, chemicals, electronics, defence and heavy engineering sectors.  Judges who offered specialist expertise in health and safety, lean manufacturing, maintenance, leadership and strategy deployment were also invited.

This year two team members at TSP Engineering were Manufacturing Champions winners:

Hannah Ridley, Project Engineer won the Rising Star (Manager/Technician) Award.  The judges commented that ‘Hannah is a proven team player with glowing interpersonal skills.  But, it was her exceptional customer focus that really stood out.  It’s a golden rule in manufacturing that if you can keep your customers’ happy, then your business will thrive’.

John Coughlan, Director of Operations won the Manufacturing Leader of the Year Award.  The judges commented that ‘John has turned the business around from a loss to a profit. A feat achieved through team-led activities within the plant and a clear leadership vision.  He stood out as someone who embodied the spirit of this category.  It wasn’t all about him; it was about putting the right things in place and inspiring everyone to follow him.

“The Manufacturing Champions award winners are all people who have made a real impact on their businesses. The UK’s manufacturing SMEs are very often the home of the creativity, innovation and a real can-do attitude, innovating on a daily basis to overcome bottlenecks, defects and capacity constraints,” said Max Gosney, group editor at Works Management magazine.  “All the finalists showcase everything that’s great about British manufacturing and prove that a career in manufacturing is rewarding, inspiring and definitely something worth aspiring to.”

The Manufacturing Champions Awards were sponsored by Sony UK Technology Centre, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Ltd and Arco, Experts in Safety.