Celebrating individual achievement

11 November 2020, Online

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The Manufacturer Top 100 is a showcase of those individuals who go that extra mile in their work. Nominated by their peers and judged by an expert panel, they represent the very best of the UK manufacturing industry. Discover individuals who played no small part in that collective effort, whether it be diversifying their businesses to meet demands for PPE or those who were part of the Ventilator Challenge.

Celebrating seven years of inspirational industry leaders

A member of the Top 100 alumni is someone who meets the following judging criteria:

Inspiring Leader

Bold Investor in New Markets

Driver of
Cultural Change

Unsung Hero

Young Pioneer

Innovator

The Manufacturer Top 100 are the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing, as nominated by The Manufacturer’s 265k-strong audience, the wider industrial community, and judged by our esteemed judging panel featuring leaders of industry, academic institutions and manufacturing associations.

Publicly recognise the heroes of UK manufacturing, those who stand out for their contribution to changing the face of industry; finding new markets; making a marked investment in people, processes, technology, and customers, or for making an impact disproportionate to their years.

Once again, we are scouring the length and breadth of the nation to find 100 of the greatest people working in manufacturing; 100 unique and uplifting stories of struggle, grit, determination, and success against all the odds, personal tales of individuals helping to change popular perceptions of careers in manufacturing and draw young people into sector.

Hear from our winners...

“The truth is we do make things – we are the world’s ninth 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. 

– Nick Peters, Editorial Director of The Manufacturer and of The Manufacturer Top 100 report


The Manufacturer Top 100 is part of Digital Manufacturing Week, an annual celebration of UK manufacturing that brings together technology, finance and advanced manufacturing.

Digital Manufacturing Week is organised by The Manufacturer magazine, which has connected ideas, talent and opportunity among our community.