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Cotswold Life EMI Awards Winners 2016

29 September 2016

Over 450 joined us at Cheltenham Racecourse, flying the flag for regional manufacturing, engineering and innovation excellence, at the second Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards
The Cotswold Life EMI Awards celebrates a thriving industry across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. There is no other single awards ceremony that comprehensively celebrates and showcases the diversity of manufacturing in the Cotswolds. Representatives from some of the largest national manufacturing and engineering support organisations joined us to showcase the breadth and depth of innovation and skills here.

The 2016 awards evening got off to a fantastic start when over 450 guests entered the stunningly dressed room, transformed by Oasis Events, to see an aeroplane suspended high above the dinner tables. The incredible Electroflight P1, based at Stroud, has been designed by a team led by Roger Targett and is powered by high performance electric motors. Designed to set world records for an electric aircraft the Electroflight P1 is showcasing true engineering ambition demonstrating future potential for green energy aircraft design.  Also on show was a Formula Student Car brought to us by four students from Oxford Brookes Racing, of Oxford Brookes University one of the best universities for motorsport engineering in the world.
The second highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Lord Paul Drayson whose inspirational speech celebrated the Cotswolds as a hotbed of design and manufacturing capability. Lord Drayson has developed successful businesses in food manufacturing, bioscience and motorsport research and development, and served as a Minister in the British Government, first in the Department of Defence and then in Science and Innovation.
Each of the 100 Awards entries offered an impressive insight into what is happening across this sector. Manufacturing is embedded in this region. It employs and trains tens of thousands and offers fantastic opportunities to anyone with ambition and drive. All the 2016 finalists and winners showcased manufacturing brilliance and collective ambition. The judging panel were impressed with the quality of nominations and the truly inspiring innovation happening within Cotswold companies.
Compèred by the BBCs Business Correspondent for the South West, Dave Harvey, 36 finalists were present at the awards evening alongside guests and representatives from most of the UK%u2019s most prominent manufacturing and business support organisations.  These included WMG, Innovate UK, The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), SWMAS, IOD, Catapult, UKTI and many more. The awards programme was hugely supported by Cotswold businesses, including headline sponsor BPE Solicitors, associate sponsor Lloyds Banking Group and event partner Oasis Events.

A video of the evening can be view on our dedicated awards website.
Sustainable Manufacturing Award
Sponsored by: Lockton Companies

Winner:  Kohler Mira Ltd, Cheltenham

Owen Mumford Ltd, Woodstock
Renishaw plc, Wotton-under-Edge

Award for Educational Partnership
Sponsored by: Gloucestershire Engineering Training

Winner:  Safran Landing Systems (Formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty), Cheltenham

Group HES, Gloucester
Unipart Manufacturing Group, Coventry

Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by: Gloucestershire College

Winner:  Molly Cartwright, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd, Coventry

Liam Crook, ESR Technology Ltd, Abingdon
Jon Hoppner, Xylem Dewatering Solutions UK Ltd, Cirencester

Employee of the Year
Sponsored by: Omega Resource Group

Winner:  Debora Comparin, Safran Landing Systems (Formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty), Cheltenham

Rob Davies, Arc Energy Resources Ltd, Eastington
John Cullimore, Group HES, Gloucester

Best Place to Work
Sponsored by: Grundon Waste Management

Winner:  Rotec Engineering Ltd (META), Evesham

National Composites Centre, Bristol
Weird Fish Ltd, Cheltenham

Best Research & Development Project
Sponsored by: Hazlewoods

Winner:  Snow Business International Ltd, Stroud: EcoFlake and ProFlake

Oxford Advanced Surfaces Ltd, Begbroke: Onto%u2122
Poeton Industries Ltd, Gloucester: Apticote 340HT

Technology Innovation Award
Sponsored by: Oxford Brookes University

Winner:  Unipart Manufacturing Group, Coventry:  PROVE (Production Readiness of Very Light Exhaust)

Oxford Instruments plc, Abingdon: Pulsar Bench Top NMR
Safran Landing Systems (Formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty) Cheltenham: Robotic Arm process

Disruptor of the Year Award
Sponsored by: Land Rover Experience, Eastnor

Winner:  2-DTech Ltd, Cheltenham

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, Cheltenham
Corin Group, Cirencester

Exporter of the Year
Sponsored by: Isaac Partnership

Winner:  Batten & Allen Ltd, Cirencester

Advanced Insulation Ltd, Gloucester
Delphi Diesel Systems Ltd, Stroud

Outstanding Leadership Award
Sponsored by: QuoLux

Winner:  Kelvin Stevens, ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, Cheltenham

Andrew Robinson, Arc Energy Resources Ltd, Eastington
Bob Wilkins, Truturn Precision Engineering (Charfield) Ltd, Stroud

SME Manufacturer of the Year 2016
Sponsored by: Bruton Knowles

Winner:  Omega Engineering Services Ltd, Cheltenham

Base Performance Simulators, Banbury
Gaudio Awards Ltd, Tewkesbury


Large Manufacturer of the Year 2016
Sponsored by: Bamboo Technology Group

Winner:  Advanced Insulation Ltd, Gloucester

Dowty Propellers, Cheltenham
Future Advanced Manufacture, Cheltenham

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