Region’s best named as finest in manufacturing

Cutting Technologies in Barnsley.  One of the directors Jane Robinson.
Cutting Technologies in Barnsley. One of the directors Jane Robinson.

A dozen of the region’s best industrialists have been named in the Top 100 most influential individuals in UK manufacturing.

Businesses across the Sheffield City Region are being urged to celebrate the accolades by Prof Keith Ridgway CBE.

“This is a real boost for manufacturing across the city region and confirms its place as one of the leading locations for manufacturing – and advanced manufacturing in particular,” said the executive dean of The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing.

“The local roll of honour includes one man bands, pioneering innovators who have built start-ups into global leaders and individuals who are leading major, blue chip companies.

“It shows the strength of talent available to the region and should encourage young people, like those advanced apprentices at the AMRC Training Centre, to follow in their footsteps.

“We take pride in having worked with a number of these entrepreneurs on various projects.”

Individuals with local links include Dave Fothergill, MD of advanced cutting tool manufacturer Technicut, Forgemasters chief executive and Sheffield University professor, Graham Honeyman and immediate Past Master Cutler Tony Pedder, Forgemasters chairman.

Also listed are Chris Rea OBE, founder of one of the region’s most successful businesses, Rotherham-based AESSEAL; Mark Webber, MD of Tinsley Bridge; Hugh Facey MBE, founder of Gripple and Ed Stubbs, MD of sister company Loadhog, and Dr Alex Mardapittas, the founder of energy saving innovator EMSc.

Businesswomen Jane Robinson from laser specialist, Cutting Technologies, and silversmith Katey Felton make it on to the list.