Key information

Who can enter?

The Manufacturer MX Awards are open to manufacturing businesses and individuals that work directly in a manufacturing business, of all sectors and sizes. As long as you are a manufacturer with a production facility based in the UK, you can enter!

How much does it cost?

The awards are completely FREE to enter. The only associated cost will be purchasing a table to The Manufacturer MX Awards ceremony in November.

Site Visits

When entering this awards programme, you must ensure that you are available to host a factory site visit or judging day (dependent on your category) during the dates outlined below.

How to enter

Step 1


Click the button to download the entry pack. This contains step-by-step guidance on how to prepare your entry, as well as useful information on the judging process.

Step 2

View Categories

Click the button to find out more about the award categories available to enter and the judging criteria.

Step 3


Create an account and start your submission! Click the button to register to the secure online system. You will then receive a confirmation email and validation link to confirm your account. You will ONLY be able to complete your nomination if you have validated your account. Once logged in, you will be able to view the judging criteria in more detail and start preparing your entry.

Entry Pack

Please click the button to download The Manufacturer MX Awards 2023 entry pack. This will provide you with detailed instructions on how to complete your entry, as well as provide an overview of the whole entry process. 

Key Dates 2023

Please note the relevant judging site visit week for your category:

11 - 15 September

Achieving Customer Value

Product Innovation & Design

People & Skills

Operational Excellence

27 September 

Young Manufacturer of the Year

International Trade

18 - 22 September

Leadership & Strategy

Smart Factory

Supply Chain Excellence

Sustainable Manufacturing

Why enter?

Being a finalist or winning an award puts you and your achievements in the spotlight – highlighting your success to colleagues, stakeholders, suppliers and customers.

The feedback from an expert panel of judges, the thrill of the awards ceremony and the internal and external PR opportunities are all fantastic well-being factors that result from entering an awards programme.

Participation produces a real buzz and here are 10 reasons why entering could be good for young manufacturers and your business:

1. Extensive media exposure for your company or young manufacturer – local and national

2. The chance to benchmark your business against peers and competitors

3. Shine a light on your best young employees through the Young Manufacturer of the Year category

4. Free business feedback from top experts

5. Gain recognition as ‘award winning’

6. Positive impact on staff throughout the business – boosting morale and team spirit

7. An opportunity to thank staff and celebrate their hard work , determination and commitment

8. Highlight to customers and clients that they are associated with the best in class

9. Gain industry recognition for successful training programmes

10. Inclusion in The Manufacturer Opus showcase publication

Judging Process

There are two rounds to the judging process.

First round

In the first round, entries are submitted via our online portal. For each category there are 10 statements which companies self-assess against and provide written evidence for. The judges independently assess these submissions and their scoring whittles down the entries to select the finalists.

Second round

Site Visits

As part of the second round of the judging process, the finalists in eight of the 10 categories will receive a site visit where the judges will view evidence of the entry in action. Each category judging team will travel to each of the finalist's factories in September, and your site will receive an am or pm slot. As it is a considerable scheduling and logistical challenge planning the judging slots, you need to ensure that you are available across all of the dates scheduled for your category until your time and date is confirmed. Categories with site visits:

Achieving Customer Value

Product Innovation & Design

People & Skills

Operational Excellence

Leadership & Strategy

Smart Factory

Supply Chain Excellence

Sustainable Manufacturing

Judging day

A Judging Day takes place in Central London and will bring together the two remaining categories before each winner is selected. These categories are:

Young Manufacturer of the Year

International Trade

In addition to the categories available to enter, two awards will be presented on the evening to the most outstanding businesses. Manufacturing in Action - will demonstrate an efficient, modern, profitable business, which can show examples of product excellence, innovation, customer satisfaction, investment in people, training, effective management and efforts to become more sustainable in both processes and products and The Manufacturer of the Year, overall winner award, is selected by the judging panel from the individual category winners.


A: Entries are open to all UK manufacturing companies, of any size and from any sector.

A: The deadline for completing entries online is 7 July at 23:59.

A: Submitting an entry to The Manufacturer MX Awards is free of charge.

A: Yes, of course. You can enter into as many categories as you feel are relevant to you and your business. Each category has its own judging criteria, so each of your entries should be tailored towards the criteria and category for which you are entering.

A: You will receive email acknowledgement to confirm your entry has been received successfully. This notification will be sent to the email address you supplied in the 'Company Details' section of your application.

A: Finalists will be announced on 17 August. Companies will be contacted regardless of whether they're a finalist or not.

Please contact the Awards team at awards@hennikgroup.com.