Chris Kelly MP encourages Black Country manufacturers to enter national awards


Chris Kelly, Member of Parliament for Dudley South, has encouraged local businesses to enter the Manufacturer of the Year Awards 2014, which celebrate excellence in the manufacturing industry.

The 2014 Awards were launched in Parliament by Business Minister Michael Fallon. Over 200 senior business leaders attended the launch including representatives from Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, Mulberry, BAE Systems, and many more. The awards provide an opportunity for both celebration and recognition of innovation in the industry, and are open to all businesses regardless of size.


This means that the smallest businesses have an equal chance of winning one of the presigous prizes as some of the biggest manufacturing brands in the country. And entries for the coveted awards are now open. For details on how to enter please go to


Speaking at the event, Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Enterprise, said: “The Awards will shine a spotlight on companies which have been able to compete and grow despite a challenging economic climate, generating wealth and providing jobs for the communities in which they operate. I hope that today’s launch will encourage as many UK manufacturers as possible to aspire to and emulate the success of previous winners of these awards. So I would encourage any manufacturer that is proud of what it has achieved to put forward an entry.”

Chris Kelly MP said: “The Manufacturer of the Year Awards is a great opportunity for outstanding manufacturers across the country to receive recognition for innovation and enterprise. Despite claims that the manufacturing industry is in decline, it contributes £140 billion a year to the economy and output is increasing. I would strongly encourage local businesses to put themselves forward for the 2014 Awards and showcase the talent we have here in Dudley and the Black Country.”


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