Made in the South West Shortlists Revealed

Manufacturers from across the region, including a handmade ice cream producer, an artisan confectioner and a maker of people dryers for the leisure industry, are among the businesses in the running to win an award at Insider's prestigious Made in the South West 2016, with the shortlists revealed today.

There are nine categories this year, and the winners in each category automatically go through to the national Made in the UK in 2017, which is part of the National Festival for Business.

The shortlist was decided by a judging panel chaired by South West Business Insider editor Graham Southorn. The judges were Simon Howes, managing director, SWMAS; John Rubidge, head of innovation in services at the Department for International Trade South West; Nick Hurst, executive chairman, Artemis Optical; and Jim Davison, region director, South of England, EFF.

Graham Southorn said: “It was really difficult to decide on the shortlist this year, as the standard of entries was so high. We had an enjoyable debate on the judging day, and many congratulations to all those shortlisted.”

Made in the South West is sponsored by Atradius, Barclays, Hunter Selection, Michelmores, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, water2business, and Higos.

The awards evening takes place on Wednesday 2 November at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel. For full details and booking information, click here.

Apprenticeship & Training Award
Sponsored by: South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
HepcoMotion
Alderman Tooling
Tonic Construction
Superior Seals

Manufacturing Innovation Award
Cottonsafe Natural Mattress
Latchways
Swallowfield
GDS (Global Design Solutions)
Herman Miller
Vistair Systems

Aerospace & Defence Award
Sponsored by: Michelmores
SC Group-Global
Amtek Plastics UK
Helipebs Controls
Vistair Systems
Artemis Optical
HiETA Technologies

Sustainable Manufacturer Award
Sponsored by: Water2Business
Riverford Organic Farmers
Dextra Group
St Austell Brewery
Brackenburn

Food & Drink Awars
Granny Gothards
Burts Chips
St Austell Brewery
Thatchers Cider
Buttermilk
Marshfield Bakery

Advanced Manufacturer Award
Sponsored by: Atradius
Helipebs Controls
Latchways
Alderley
TDK-Lambda UK
Future Advanced Manufacture

Export Award
Sponsored by: Hunter Selection
Advanced Insulation
SC Group-Global
Vistair Systems
Haystack Dryers
GDS (Global Design Solutions)

SME Manufacturing Company of the Year (Turnover below £25m)
Future Advanced Manufacture
Cubik Innovation
Blue Badge Company
Woodwarm Stoves
Gripsure UK
Marshfield Bakery

Large Manufacturing Company of the Year (Turnover above £25m)
Sponsored by: Barclays
Herman Miller
St Austell Brewery
TDK-Lambda UK
Swallowfield
Advanced Insulation