A-SAFE joined several successful Yorkshire-based companies last night for the fifth annual Made in Yorkshire Awards, where businesses across the county are recognised for specific achievements, and excellence in manufacturing.
The ceremony, held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds presented a chance for manufacturers to receive recognition in key awards categories, including a Manufacturing Apprentice award, a Green Manufacturer Award and an Export Award, among others.
After being shortlisted for both the Export and Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Awards, A-SAFE won the former, with Co-Director’s James and Luke Smith going on stage to collect the accolade.
Judges were impressed that A-SAFE had clearly demonstrated impressive growth after inventing the world’s first fixed polymer barrier system, and developing its new RackEye™ device, a smart racking monitoring system sending instant remote alerts when damage is detected, differentiating between minor bumps and impact causing damage to the structural integrity of racking.
Other winners on the evening include York ice cream maker Yorvale, in the Food & Drink Manufacturing Award, Cranswick meat processing who took the Sustainable Manufacturing Award and caravan and motorhome maker Swift, recognised for its substantial apprenticeship programme.
The event host on the evening was actor, writer and presenter Alexis Conran – former winner of Celebrity Masterchef. The keynote speech was delivered by Sheffield Forgemasters Chief Executive, Dr Graham Honeyman.
The event was a great chance to network with other like-minded businesses, and gain a valuable insight into how businesses in the region are facing industry challenges, keeping up with demand and thinking ahead to advancements in the manufacturing industry as a whole.
The Made in Yorkshire Event is part of a wider Made in the UK event series, and winners from each regional category will go on to compete against those from ten other regions in the UK. The Made in the UK event will take place on Thursday 22 June 2017 at Liverpool’s waterfront Titanic hotel, sponsored by the Department for International Trade.