Entry information

Companies and individuals of all sectors and sizes are eligible to enter and there is a category to suit every achievement. It is free to enter The Manufacturer MX Awards, entries for 2019 are now open and close on 28 June.

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.

As part of the judging process, the finalists in eight of the 10 categories will receive Site Visits. A Judging Day will bring together the two remaining categories before each winner is selected.

All entrants will benefit from constructive and confidential feedback that you can use to support your company’s or individual business improvement. After the awards ceremony, this feedback is written into an Assessment and Business Improvement Report tailored to you or your company.

In addition, all finalists are automatically included in The Manufacturer Opus, a showcase publication which aims to change the image of manufacturing by showcasing and disseminating shining examples of manufacturing merit.

Follow the steps below for more information and to submit your entry.

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

How to enter


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


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


Click the button to access the secure online submission system. Once logged in, you will be able to view the judging criteria in more detail and start preparing your entry!


Q: Who can enter?
A: Entries are open to all UK manufacturing companies, of any size and from any sector.

Q: When is the closing date for entries?
A: The deadline for completing entries online is Friday 28 June 2019. All entries should be submitted by 23:59 on the date of closing.

Q: How much does it cost to enter?
A: Submitting an entry to The Manufacturer MX Awards is free of charge.

Q: Can I enter multiple categories?
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.

Q: How will I know if my entry was submitted online successfully?
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.

Q: When will I know if we're finalists?
A: All applicants will be contacted during August to be informed if they're a finalist. Companies will be contacted regardless of whether they're a finalist or not.

Q: We’ve missed the deadline for entering this year, can I register our interest for entering in 2020?
A: Of course! Please email awards@hennikgroup.com, making sure to include your contact details, and we’ll notify you when entries open in 2020.

Have a question not answered here?
Call us on 020 7401 6033 or email awards@hennikgroup.com

Key Dates 2019

​Entry deadline: 28 June

Finalists announced: 5 August

Judging site visits: 

9-12 September

  • Achieving Customer Value
  • Product Innovation & Design
  • People & Skills
  • Operational Excellence

16-19 September

  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Smart Factory
  • Supply Chain Excellence
  • Sustainable Manufacturing

Judging day: 

25 September, Sheffield

  • Young Manufacturer of the Year
  • International Trade

TMMX Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner: Thursday 14 November, Liverpool

The Manufacturer MX Awards

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