Britain’s manufacturing heroes named in Liverpool

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Mike Rimmer, Operations Director Brandon Medical Company Limited, has been selected in The Manufacturer Top 100 2019 publication.

“Brandon Medical, as UK designer and manufacturer of medical equipment, are thrilled to find out that Mike Rimmer has been selected in The Manufacturer Top 100 2019. Mike’s passion for both manufacturing and next generation’s opportunities is electrifying and truly an inspiration for the entire team and the numerous schools and colleges where he has gone to spread the word about modern manufacturing in Leeds, UK”

The Manufacturer’s annual awards for the 100 most inspirational individuals working in UK industry were announced last night at a gala reception at Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.

Mike Rimmer tells his story: “I graduated with an honours degree in applied chemistry from Wolverhampton University in 1993. I joined Brandon Medical as operations director in 2011, and immediately embarked on an operations improvement programme that transformed the fortunes of the company. In 2017, I set up an internal STEM team to promote manufacturing to schools, colleges and universities in the Leeds City Region as part of the Leeds Manufacturing Festival in 2018 and 2019. We really need to demonstrate the many benefits of joining the manufacturing industry, and all the opportunities available, to the youngsters coming out of education and into employment. What qualities must future leaders have? Future leaders must be able to demonstrate the many benefits of joining the manufacturing industry, and the opportunities available to the youngsters coming out of education and into employment.”

The annual Manufacturer Top 100 awards scheme is run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education.

Now in its sixth year, The Manufacturer Top 100 project, run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education, publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing. Its goal is to help dispel popularly-held myths that vibrant manufacturing in the UK is a thing of the past. 

Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry, from top floor to shop floor. From Young Pioneers who are establishing a new generation of makers in UK industry, to Bold Investors in New Markets developing new export markets for British goods. From the Inspiring Leaders and Drivers of Cultural Change, to the Innovators and Unsung Heroes, these are the people who put the Great into British manufacturing.

They are selected from hundreds of nominations for the examples they set to young people aspiring to a career in industry; 100 unique and uplifting stories of struggle, grit, determination and success against all the odds, personal tales of individuals helping to drive UK manufacturing forward – and to change popular perceptions of careers in manufacturing and draw young people into sector.

Nick Peters, Editorial Director of The Manufacturer and of The Manufacturer Top 100 report commented, “The individual stories in the report published today (available from www.themanufacturer.com) are a compelling reminder of how strong and vibrant UK manufacturing really is. We need to keep saying that, because as a nation we seem to harbour the notion that no one in the UK makes things anymore, and young people are discouraged from considering careers in manufacturing. The truth is we do make things – we are the world’s 9th largest manufacturing nation – and careers are very well paid. But there are too few skilled young people coming through the system. It is on behalf of that new generation that we do this. We want to break down the decades-old prejudice against manufacturing. We want parents to get excited about recommending a career in manufacturing to their offspring, not see it (so erroneously) as an occupation of last resort. We must not let the prejudices of yesterday poison the opportunities of tomorrow.”