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Meet the Winners

Winner: Philip Edwards, process operator, Fujifilm Speciality Inks

Category: Employee-Led Innovation Award

The judges said: "Philip demonstrated an extremely relevant and innovative solution to a significant issue within the company, which not only fixed the problem but also delivered strong bottom-line results."

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Winner: Waste Reduction Team, Deb

Category: Manufacturing Team Award

The judges said: "With a really clear focus from the outset, the Waste Reduction Team have clearly shown the impact that teamwork and vision can have on a business, with an amazing saving of £750,000."

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Winner: Ian Green, senior controller GTC UK & Nissan Skills Foundation, Nissan Motor Manufacturing

Category: Skills & Community Champion Award

The judges said: "The extent of the outreach to 724,000 children is a phenomenal effort to inspire the next generation. Now reaching outside of the UK, the programme offering is extremely broad reaching and for all walks of society."

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Winner: Fraser Rankine health and safety officer, Farne Salmon & Trout

Category: Safe Workplace Champion Award

The judges said: "Fraser demonstrated a structured approach to solving a critical problem of lost-time accidents in the busiest period for the company, going deeper than just the baseline figures and looking at the wider psychological impacts. The fact he took time to speak to people about his ideas shows he is committed to his role, and understands the importance of getting the whole team on board. A worthy winner!”

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Winner: Business Unit 2 Maintenance Team, Alpen & Weetabix Minis (Weetabix Food Company)

Category: Maintenance Award

The judges said: "We are especially impressed by the team’s use of KPIs and policy deployment, as well as how they collaborated with the site’s production team to ensure they can undertake maintenance without shutting down the production lines."

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Winner: John Dawson, production planning manager, Fogarty (Filled Products)

Category: Unsung Hero Award

The judges said: "The planning manager is typically one of the most demanding roles on any site. To be able to take over, at short notice, the purchasing activities as well would be a stretch too far for most. On top of that to be able develop expertise in the area, to the extent of becoming the company’s ‘go-to guy’, is the very definition of an Unsung Hero."

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Winner: Kodi Gledhill, engineering apprentice, Coca-Cola European Partners

Category: Rising Star Award

The judges said: "Kodi is an excellent ambassador for women in engineering and showcasing engineering apprenticeships. She shows flair, commitment, drive and enthusiasm to support the company and her colleagues, and provides more to the company that her apprenticeship role profile suggests."

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Winner: OEM Sales & Engineering, Elfab

Category: SME Innovators Award

The judges said: "Elfab are a small company with a big vision, and demonstrate clearly their understanding of how innovation assists with the creation of wealth within the business."

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Winner: Kenny Macfarlane, managing director, Handrail Creations

Category: Manufacturing Leader Award

The judges said: "The sign of a good leader is measured by how well they look after their team and how evident it is that the team responds accordingly. Kenny demonstrates how important it is to engage and develop people for the future resilience of the business."

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