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Manufacturers Alliance member, Emsys Maritime is one of 205 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The award, for International trade, is in recognition of the continued growth of the company which exports more than 94% of its products.

The company makes hi-tech environmental monitoring systems that are used on cruise liners and large ocean-going ships to help reduce air pollution.

Based on the Downs in Altrincham, Emsys Maritime was set up in 2016 by its owner and founder, Simon Brown. Their customers include many of the world’s prestigious shipowners including P & O Cruises, Cunard Liners and Disney Cruise Line. They also supply equipment to the world’s largest shipbuilders including Samsung and Hyundai Corporations who are based in South Korea.x§

“I am absolutely thrilled that our company has been recognised with this pinnacle of business awards. Our team are amazing, they have to be as we compete with many of the world’s largest companies in a highly competitive market.”

Speaking about the award, Managing Director Simon Brown said ‘I am absolutely thrilled that our company has been recognised with this pinnacle of business awards. Our team are amazing, they have to be as we compete with many of the world’s largest companies in a highly competitive market. Like all companies, the past 12 months have been a tough struggle, however the resilience and enthusiasm shown by my incredible colleagues has been duly rewarded by this exceptional acknowledgement of their efforts. We will certainly be celebrating this success, when allowed, in our home town of Altrincham’

Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years. Applications for Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022 open on the 1st May 2021. For more information, visit

Emsys Maritime Ltd manufactures and installs maritime emissions monitoring technology. The systems incorporate cutting-edge lasers which are protected by US and European Patents. Designed by its founder, Simon Brown, the Emsys technology is installed in ship funnels to measure the pollution from engines ensuring compliance with maritime environmental regulations. Emsys Maritime exports more than 94% of its products and considers the worlds largest shipowners, cruise lines and shipyards amongst its customers. Founded in 2016, the company has grown to become one of the worlds leading suppliers of maritime pollution measurement technology.

Chemical manufacturer, NDS Eco Solutions, has joined the Manufacturers Alliance’s North Wales and Merseyside group.

NDS, based in Hawarden, North Wales, specialises in making environmentally friendly, pH neutral cleaners and detergents for industrial use. Their unique microemulsion technology means that their cleaners boast the effectiveness of solvent based cleaning, whilst maintaining the safety credentials of neutral pH solutions.

The company was set up in February 2020 but has, despite lockdown, managed to get customers in the ultrasonic bath, automotive and parts washing markets with trials set up for the food and renewable energy industries over the next few months.

Managing director Neil Bellis said: “We are really pleased to be joining the Manufacturing Alliance. I’m a relatively young entrepreneur and having a group of businesses who are open and willing to share best practice has been invaluable so far. I’ve learnt a lot already, and it is also nice to get feedback that we are doing a few things right as well.”

North Wales and Merseyside chair Mark Stone added “NDS Eco Solutions have some excellent products with great environmental credentials. We look forward to helping and supporting Neil with the development and growth of his business, and are delighted to welcome NDS Eco Solutions to the Manufacturers Alliance’s North Wales group”

The Manufacturers Alliance would like to welcome Victoria Hopkins to the team. Victoria will be Co-Chair of the West Yorkshire Peer Support Group.

Victoria began her career in manufacturing in 1998 when she was asked to help out in her family’s engineering business.  What should have been 2 weeks turned into 20 years and her eventually becoming Managing Director and taking turnover from £2 million to £6 million. She also expanded into exports opening a subsidiary of the business in Canada. During her career she has also been Chair of the Manufacturers Alliance Leeds Steering Committee, an apprenticeship Ambassador for the Yorkshire & Humber region on behalf of the National Apprenticeship Service, an Export Champion Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and she also sits on the Governing Board for the Leeds University Technical College.

Victoria shares her thoughts on joining the Manufacturers Alliance, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the MA – I have a lot of experience of running an SME business and to be part of a team that is so encouraging of personal and professional development is an honour. I have had an opportunity to join several group meetings and it’s clear that the members are a constant source of support and inspiration for each other’s businesses. I hope that I can bring real value to the West Yorkshire Group through encouragement and support helping them accelerate success – running a business can often feel like a very solitary pursuit and the benefits of being part of such a peer-to-peer organisation cannot be overstated.”

Gary Sheader, Founder and Managing Director at the Manufacturers Alliance welcomed Victoria on board with a few kind words, “we have interviewed a good number of people over the past few months and knew instantly that we had the right person. We have a rigorous recruitment process, as we always want to recruit people that match up to our values and are aligned with our purpose. Victoria is a genuinely caring person that will give it her all to help others achieve success. She’ progressive and keen to see forward momentum and has a wealth of experience having owned and run her own manufacturing business. Welcome to the Manufacturers Alliance team Victoria.”