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SME News Magazine has announced the winners of this year’s British Made Awards programme, and the Manufacturers’ Alliance has been awarded the Manufacturers Support Organisation of the Year 2023.

The Manufacturers’ Alliance supports owners and managers in the manufacturing industry in their quest to lead high performing businesses, and establish a healthy balance between, Purpose, People & Profit. With modern leadership development at the core of the Manufacturers’ Alliance offer, they have development a strong reputation in the industry of being a safe space for business leaders to openly share ideas and grow together.

Gary Sheader, Founder of the Manufacturers’ Alliance is grateful for the award and said, “2023 has been the Manufacturers’ Alliance 10th Anniversary, and the award is a great accolade for our teams efforts to support our customers over the years. We have supported many of our customers in becoming award winning businesses. It is good to be recognised for our efforts to support UK manufacturing”.

Consistently improving their skills and reach, the creatives, manufacturers, and producers within this programme each contribute to elevating their industries, ultimately enabling the UK market to flourish further into the future. From pioneering design and manufacturing to innovative AI-led companies improving health and safety, this year’s British Made Awards is fruitful, diverse, and full of inspiring success stories.

Awards Coordinator Jack Ford commented on the success of the programme: “The British Made Awards are here to celebrate those making waves in their industries not simply for the present moment, but for the near and distant future of the market in the UK. Hosting this year’s programme has been a great experience, and I truly wish each of our winners all the best for the years to come.”

SME News prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.

To learn more about the award winners and to gain insight into the working practices of the “best of the best”, please visit the SME News website ( where you can access the winners supplement.