The winners of Made in Lincolnshire 2017 have been announced at a celebration event which took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln yesterday.
The Made in Lincolnshire celebration event recognised the variety of goods and services produced in Lincolnshire that demonstrate pioneering thinking. The event was organised by Streets Chartered Accountants, Business Lincolnshire and NatWest Bank and was hosted by Melvyn Prior, Presenter at BBC Radio Lincolnshire. The event also served to highlight the county’s well earned reputation for innovation and manufacturing.
Made in Lincolnshire consisted of six categories in which businesses/products were nominated. The winners in each category were:
Made in Lincolnshire Sold Locally – Red Hill Farm Free Range Pork
Made in Lincolnshire Sold Nationwide – Mtag Composites Ltd
Made in Lincolnshire Sold Overseas – JDM Food Group Ltd
Made in Lincolnshire for Many Generations – Micronclean
To Be Made in Lincolnshire – SHD Composite Materials Ltd
Made in Lincolnshire World Class – Sports & Leisure Brands Ltd
James Pinchbeck, Marketing Partner at Streets Chartered Accountants, said: “We are especially pleased with the quality and diversity of entries in our second Made in Lincolnshire Awards. The UK is enjoying something of resurgence in manufacturing and this seems to be reflected within the sector locally. Both entrants and winners highlight that Greater Lincolnshire is becoming a diverse manufacturing base with innovative products and growing demand overseas. Whilst more traditional engineering continues to form part of the sector, we are today as likely to see manufacturing interests focus around hi tech products, premium brands and food stuffs, even power generation. Equally many of our manufacturers can boast not just overseas demand but also have great pride in producing world class products.
“Whilst the sector does face challenges around investment, skills shortages and pressures on cost, public and private sector support is helping to realise opportunities for growth. We can truly be proud of the role manufacturing plays in Greater Lincolnshire in our economic prosperity.”
Garry Wilkinson, Manufacturing Sector Specialist at NatWest Bank added: “NatWest are delighted to again co-sponsor the Made in Lincolnshire awards which showcases and celebrates the many fantastic and diverse manufacturing businesses that we have in Lincolnshire. There were many excellent entries and the quality of the applications made the task of judging an extremely difficult one, and the winners are well deserving of their success.
“NatWest remain passionate about offering specialist support to the manufacturing sector, which is a significant part of the UK economy and as demonstrated by these awards, an area that is strong within Lincolnshire. I hope that these awards help to raise awareness to a greater audience of the manufacturing capabilities available within this county.”
Samantha Harrison, Head of Business Lincolnshire, commented: “The Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub is proud to be part of the Made in Lincolnshire Awards, we recognise that Manufacturing plays a major role in the economy of Greater Lincolnshire, it contributes over £3.4 billion every year that’s 20% of the regions total economic value, it employs approximately 57,000 people, that’s 14% of total employment, and higher, than the 10% UK national average.
“Lincolnshire businesses make world-class products, and that’s a message we want to spread far and wide. These awards are a chance to shout about some of the great work taking place right on our doorstep, showcasing the best of the best. This will help raise awareness of all the county has to offer, bringing new opportunities for all involved.
The Judging panel included representation from the three host organisations, DIT, IoD, Lincolnshire Echo, Lincolnshire Investment Network and EEF and Federation of Small Businesses.