Manufacturing Excellence Award

Manufacturing Excellence Award. This award is open to all manufacturers in the North Devon area regardless of size, ownership, sector or length of trading. Applications will be accepted from

· Start-ups.

· SMEs and larger/international companies.

· Private and Public Sector.

· Community organizations.

· Any industry sector.

· Light manufacturing as well as heavy industry.

The judging panel will consider the criteria below in assessing your application. It does not need to demonstrate all these elements, but it will allow you to develop the story behind your success.

Leadership & Strategy.
Planning and forecasting.
Manufacturing processes.
Use of modern management techniques – Lean, Six Sigma, TQM, Business Intelligence, etc.
Smart factory.
World class manufacturing.
Production innovation.
IT in manufacturing/Automation/Design.
People & skills.
Supply chain – using local/British suppliers where ever possible/re-shoring.
Made in Britain.
Sustainable and environmental manufacturing.
Introducing new products, product design and production methods.
Consideration of lifecycle of a product from inception through engineering design and manufacture to service and disposal.
Specific Projects.
To support your success story, the judges will be looking for some of the following indicators to evidence your achievement and outcomes.

Increased competitiveness.
Pace of implementation.
Budgetary considerations.
Increased turnover/profitability/RoI
Increased capacity
Reduced costs and/or wastage
Increasing local jobs
Demonstrate innovation, proven results.
Suggested Questions

In no more than 500 words, please provide a brief description of your business.

Please tell us about your success story. What did you want to change? What were your objectives? How did you go about it?

Please list your achievements below. Please quantify these as far as possible with your most recent results. What benchmarks are you comparing them to demonstrate your progress?