Manufacturers Alliance Sponsoring Made in the North West Awards

On evening of 9th May 2019, the Insider will be hosting the Made in the North West Awards for the 7th year running. The North West’s key manufacturing awards evening for high performers in the following categories;

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Automotive Award
  • Collaboration Award
  • Digital Engineering / Technology Award
  • Export Award
  • Food & Drink Award
  • Manufacturer of the Year (under £25m)
  • Manufacturer of the Year (over £25m)
  • Manufacturing Apprenticeship / Training Scheme Award
  • Manufacturing Innovation Award
  • Sustainable / Ethical Manufacturer Award

The event is very much a celebration of small, medium and large manufacturers achievements over the year and a chance to network with other ambitious leaders in the region. Entries close on 8th March 2019, so if you’ve not had a chance to enter yet, put yourself forward and gain your business the recognition it deserves:

The Manufacturers Alliance will be sponsoring this year’s event and supporting the profile raising of the best manufacturers in the North West. Last year, 2 Manufacturers Alliance members entered and they both scooped awards. Carrs Pasties & Packaging Automation won the Food & Drink Award and Manufacturing Apprenticeship / Training Scheme Award.

The Founder of the Manufacturers Alliance, Gary Sheader, was keen to support the awards and said, “Having spent time around the Insider team over the past couple of years I have been impressed with their down to earth approach and passion for the North West. The platform they have created with the Awards is growing year on year and is just what the manufacturing industry needs. Somewhere we can shout about all the good things going on in the sector.”

“As with most small and medium sized manufacturing businesses based in the North, they just get on with things. They don’t brag about it or post things on social media saying, look at me, aren’t I doing well. As we’ve done since the first industrial revolution, we work hard and don’t need a pat on the back from anybody. It’s just what we do.”

Gary shared how he would like manufacturers in the North to change, “I think we should continue with our strong work ethic, but we need to tell the world that we’re damn good at what we do. We need to raise the profile of manufacturing as an economic driver in the North and the fact it’s a great place for career prospects for young people. I see these types of events as an opportunity to do just that.”


The Manufacturers Alliance run peer support groups for ambitious manufacturing leaders based in the North West. The groups consist of non-competing businesses that meet on a monthly basis to share ideas and support each other’s plans with strategic growth. The Manufacturers Alliance currently operate 6 groups in the North West of 10-12 businesses and have a proven track record in supporting businesses in taking a more collaborative approach to personal and business growth.


If you are an ambitious manufacturing leader looking for a manufacturers’ only network you can learn from and share ideas to develop your business, attend a free taster at one of our monthly meetings;