The Southern Manufacturing 100 listing
The list provides an insight into the wealth of manufacturing and engineering companies in the south and helps shine the spotlight on this key sector, which covers a diverse range of businesses from steel bridges and walling products to cosmetics and street lighting.
As part of the Southern Manufacturing 100 campaign, companies are profiled and invited to an annual dinner, to network and hear keynote speakers.
Sponsor MHA MacIntyre Hudson provides accountancy, audit, tax and business advisory services to enterprises and individuals in the UK. The firm is a centre for excellence when it comes to advising businesses in the manufacturing and engineering sector. Each year it produces a survey of the sector – read it here.
Lloyds Bank has a dedicated manufacturing team, and specialises in supporting the sector. For details go here.
To download the most recent list go here.
Companies that would like to update their figures for next year’s link should contact Jo Whittle at email@example.com
Companies that would like to be profiled should contact Pauline Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year Award
‘A fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of apprentices in the south’
After last year’s successful launch of the Apprentice of the Year award, the 2019 award, which is sponsored by MHA MacIntyre Hudson, Lloyds Bank and headline sponsor Xtrac, experts in transmission technology, is expected to attract quality nominations from across the south.
- Entries now open – download a nomination form
- Closing date: July 2
- Southern Manufacturing annual dinner: April 30, at Madejski Stadium, Reading
- Apprentice of the Year presentations at the MTC Coventry: October 2
The headline sponsorship is Xtrac, the world’s leading supplier of high-performance gearboxes for motorsport.
Xtrac is a world-leader in the design and manufacture of transmissions and driveline components for top-level motorsport and high-performance automotive applications. Xtrac supplies most of the world’s top motorsport teams, including many of the major factory entrants as well as smaller teams racing in ‘one make’ championships and technology-regulated formulae. High-performance automotive customers rely on Xtrac’s specialist expertise and reduced lead times particularly in hypercar transmissions, and advanced technology transmissions for use in high-performance hybrid and electric vehicles.
Based in Berkshire and in the US, Xtrac is a major ambassador for the UK’s world-renowned motorsport industry. Employing over 350 highly-qualified staff to work on global customer programmes, Xtrac supplies transmission and driveline products including gearboxes, differentials and gearchange systems – of which almost 80% is exported around the world.
Xtrac is extremely proud to be supporting the Southern Manufacturing Apprenticeship Awards programme, especially as the Xtrac Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering Scheme was the recipient of the Princess Royal Training Award in 2018.
Xtrac’s apprentices, working alongside Newbury College gain experience in all aspects of the business, including skilled machining, process management, engineering and gearbox assembly.
Peter Digby, president of Xtrac and an ex British Airways engineer apprentice, is very happy to support the Southern Manufacturing Apprentice Awards programme: “Manufacturing apprenticeships offer a great step into the important engineering and manufacturing sectors and create valuable skilled and incredibly loyal employees. Over 85% of all Xtrac apprentices are still working for the company, including the very first one from 1990”.
Hosted by The Business Magazine, the inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award last October was held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park in Coventry.
Holding the event at the MTC created a lot of interest and all the guests as well as the apprentices were given the opportunity of a guided tour of the purpose-built facility. Established in 2015, the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre is a state-of-the-art training centre on the MTC campus that is making a significant contribution towards solving the skills shortages which have been prevalent in manufacturing for many years. It was designed to help create a new generation of engineers and technicians, equipped with the advanced manufacturing skills of the future.
After a welcome from Peter Laurie, head of client relations at The Business Magazine, Christian Warden, head of skills at the MTC, gave everyone a insight into the aim of of the MTC in providing a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. Warden also touched upon the centre being an approved Department of Education training provider and a flagship facility for the advanced apprenticeship programme. Apprentices learn the latest technology in areas such as intelligent automation, additive manufacture, laser machining and welding; and they are able to test and develop their skills in sponsored placements.
After the guided tours were completed a buffet lunch was on hand to allow guests time to network with each other and importantly the chance for the apprentices to meet one another.
The time was then reached to find out who was the winner of this year’s award from the impressive list of nominations submitted from a cross section of manufacturing businesses across the south – see details below.
Winner of The Southern Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year Award 2018
- Abbi Fisher, BAE Systems plc
- Harrison Farthing – AWE plc
- Josh Gilbert – Magal AWT
- Calan Kenward – LG Motion
- Chris Marrs – Xtrac
- Merrin Jupp, Ocean Air Marine
Comments from all the finalists :
Abbi Fisher (left)
“It was a pleasure to be invited to MTC for the Southern Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year event, and a privilege to be awarded the winner’s trophy. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about industry leaders at the forefront of technological advances, and how MTC is a key enabler in turning pioneering research into revolutionary manufacturing solutions. I particularly enjoyed networking with others embracing innovation while inspiring others with their behaviour, and celebrating everyone’s efforts and roles in the future of the engineering sector.”
Harrison Farthing (second left)
“The day of the final was held at the MTC, Coventry. It was a great opportunity to visit MTC and get an insight into the industry leading work that they do. We were taken on tours of the Centre and shown the work that it does and the different machinery it uses. After the tours took place, we then had the presentation of the winner and special commendation award. The day of the final was very enjoyable, it was good to be able to talk to other apprentices, from other employers, and hear about their journeys and experiences.”
Chris Marrs (centre left)
“I thought that the event was fantastic. Seeing all of the new and latest technology and what the future could be like was fascinating. The advancement of technology in the modern day and actually getting to see it first hand was almost something out of this world.
“I found the fact that the facility trains up apprentices to a high level wonderful. They get the latest machines and technology at their fingertips and even getting the exposure to it is amazing. I would say to anyone that gets the opportunity, go and have a tour, it is definitely worth it.”
Calan Kenward (centre)
“It was a great day and I was very pleased to be part of it. To see the work of the MTC has reinforced my belief that engineering is the best career in the world. Thankfully, LG Motion have been incredibly supportive in my ambitions.”
Joshua Gilbert (centre right)
“I thank everyone involved in the day for such a motivational, memorable and educational experience. We had an amazing tour around the facilities, which opened my eyes to some manufacturing processes I hadn’t even heard of.
“The Award ceremony was great for all involved. The support and encouragement was overwhelming at first, but I soon realised that we are key to the future of the industry and that it is fundamental that apprenticeships remain to grow and be acknowledged.
“To conclude, I jumped at the opportunity to speak with other apprentices from a range of companies and hearing what they had to say about their experiences. I shall be seeing some of them at College. A fantastic day, with fantastic people.”
Merrin Jupp (right)
“Attending the Southern Manufacturing Apprentice of the Year awards was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of apprentices in the south as well as find out more about other companies and the work that they do. It was a chance to recognise the hardworking people from different manufacturing businesses in the area as well as being able to talk to others who had taken this path in order to work towards their career. Receiving a tour around the Manufacturing Technology Centre really was a privilege and put into perspective the amazing work that goes on in the manufacturing industry.”