Three Leeds companies receive awards

Three Leeds based companies have struck gold at the regional heats of a major national manufacturing awards programme organised by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation.

The awards which recognise excellence among manufacturing companies in six categories, as well as two Apprentice categories, were presented at the North East & Yorkshire & Humber annual dinner of Make UK which was sponsored by Japanese IT solutions provider Hulft. 

Brandon Medical the designer and manufacturer of medical equipment for operating theatres and critical care areas based in Morley won the Innovation award sponsored by HVM Catapult. The judges cited that they had produced an innovative product addressing a gap in the medical market and an excellent example of addressing real world complex challenges with new technologies and smart solutions.

The product is a revolutionary piece of hardware and software that enables the overall management of hospital operating theatres. The unique selling point is that as well as controlling the various systems inside a theatre it also speaks to the building management systems throughout a hospital. Established in 1946 Brandon Medical exports from Leeds to some 70 countries.

Commenting on the award Dick Elsy, Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult said:

“Innovation is the beating heart of a thriving company. Mastering its rhythm is key to developing great products, achieving outstanding productivity and putting a business ahead of the pack. Innovators are the drivers of opportunity. They create robust, sustainable growth, whatever the economic outlook, and deserve our recognition and praise. Brandon Medical is a worth winner of the Innovation Award.”

Another award was picked up by Dale Barraclough of Pudsey based Daletech Electronics who was the Rising Star winner in the Business Apprentice category. Having joined the company after school Dale has now become Operations Manager working as a team leader and also acts as a mentor to the younger Apprentices at the company. The judges remarked that his award is recognition of his outstanding attitude towards work, willingness to learn and ability to adapt to change in a high quality environment.

The third award for Business Leadership went to Ben Wilson of Bramley based MPM Ltd for his role in leading the recovery of the company following a devastating fire at the business in February 2018. Following the fire the company was operational again within just four weeks with no loss of staff or customers. The judges commented that this was an amazing achievement of management skill which resulted in minimal financial and operational impact.

Commenting Russell Kirby, Senior Director, Business Development EMEA, at Hulft the sponsor of the dinner said.

“Britain is one of the world’s biggest manufacturing nations, and it is a great privilege to be working with MAKE UK to help support and champion UK manufacturing. The sector is facing significant change, as a result of what is being referred to as the 4th industrial revolution, and it is important that businesses are given the right opportunities to properly position themselves for the future. We are looking forward to getting out to meet MAKE UK’s members and being part of such an important and credible awards programme.”

All the winners will now go forward to the national finals to be judged in London in December.