Awards provide fitting finale

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THE finale to the festival takes place today (Thursday) with the Made in Sheffield Awards.

The City Region’s manufacturers will join Sheffield MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP at the Cutlers’ Hall to celebrate the many great achievements of Sheffield’s thriving manufacturing sector.

Mr Clegg is expected to share his own thoughts on the health of Sheffield manufacturing and its place in the wider global economy – a theme which is pertinent to the festival.

The awards aim to recognise the companies and individuals who are doing the most to uphold the traditions of the Made in Sheffield brand, through their commitment to quality and excellence in manufacturing.

The event is sponsored by Barber Harrison & Platt, Barclays Corporate, Creativesheffield, DLA Piper, Sheffield Hallam University, The P&A Group of Companies and Heath Lambert. It is being organised by Insider Media, publisher of Yorkshire Business Insider.

Professor Bill Speirs, The Master Cutler, said: “This will be the perfect round-up to the Global Manufacturing Festival and a true celebration of the hard work, expertise and perseverance of the people and companies who make the city’s manufacturing sector a world-leader.”

Among the six awards up for grabs are categories for Innovation, Exporter of the Year and the region’s Apprentice of the Year. There is also an overall Made in Sheffield Award, for the company or individual, as deemed by the judges, to have contributed most to maintaining the national and international renown of the Made in Sheffield brand for high quality craftsmanship.

Brendan Moffett, Director of Strategic Marketing at Creativesheffield, said: “The Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield forms part of a push from the city to raise Sheffield’s profile in the eyes of government, new and existing customers for our businesses, and further develop our relationships with strategic international markets. The Made in Sheffield Awards really complement this objective.”