Over 450 joined Cotswold Life at Cheltenham Racecourse, flying the flag for regional manufacturing, engineering and innovation excellence, at the second Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards
The Cotswold Life EMI Awards celebrates a thriving industry across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. There is no other single awards ceremony that comprehensively celebrates and showcases the diversity of manufacturing in the Cotswolds. Representatives from some of the largest national manufacturing and engineering support organisations joined Cotswold Life to showcase the breadth and depth of innovation and skills here.
The 2016 awards evening got off to a fantastic start when over 450 guests entered the room to see an aeroplane suspended high above the dinner tables. The incredible Electroflight P1, based at Stroud, has been designed by a team led by Roger Targett and is powered by high performance electric motors. Designed to set world records for an electric aircraft the Electroflight P1 is showcasing true engineering ambition demonstrating future potential for “green energy” aircraft design. Also on show was a Formula Student Car brought to us by four students from Oxford Brookes Racing, of Oxford Brookes University one of the best universities for motorsport engineering in the world.
The second highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Lord Paul Drayson whose inspirational speech celebrated the Cotswolds as a hotbed of design and manufacturing capability. Lord Drayson has developed successful businesses in food manufacturing, bioscience and motorsport research and development, and served as a Minister in the British Government, first in the Department of Defence and then in Science and Innovation.
Each of the 100 Awards entries offered an impressive insight into what is happening across this sector. Manufacturing is embedded in this region. It employs and trains tens of thousands and offers fantastic opportunities to anyone with ambition and drive. All the 2016 finalists and winners showcased manufacturing brilliance and collective ambition. The judging panel were impressed with the quality of nominations and the truly inspiring innovation happening within Cotswold companies.
The Isaac Partnership proudly sponsored Exporter of the Year for the second time, with Director Chris Isaac presenting the prize to Batten & Allen, who just edged out the other finalists, Advanced Insulation and Delphi Diesel Systems.