NDMA Awards 2017

Chairman Phil Scotcher and the Judging panel praised the high standard of entries at this year’s awards.

An enjoyable evening was had by all at the Barnstaple Hotel on 18th May. The theme for the evening was based around 1997 and ‘vintage’, evident in the raffle prizes and table names.

The results are as follows:

 

Manufacturer of the Year > 100 Employees

 Sponsored ByAnew
 Runner Up – Accord Healthcare
Won 2016 Innovation in Generics and have managed to break into Japan as a market.
 Winner – Pall Life Science
Have made 102 temporary staff permanent and advanced their sales into new markets.

 Manufacturer of the Year < 100 Employees

  Sponsored ByAnew
 Runner Up – Helitune
They have improved their global reach and have been constantly improving for 40 years.
 Winner – TCi (GB) Ltd
Designed and produced the ‘Eco Desk’ a fully functional temporary desk that is 100% recyclable.

 Best Team of the Year

  Sponsored ByHandelsbanken
 Runner Up – TDK-Lambda (Investment Planning)
The team have come up with a way of evaluating the R&D spend to work out the best way of using the available budgets. Providing a model that allows for the best decision to be made.
 Winner – Accord Healthcare (NPL Team)
The team has come up with a new way to launch generic pharmaceuticals that enables them to launch a product within 24 hours of being granted a license from the regulatory authorities where the current benchmark in the industry is six months.

Apprentice of the Year

  Sponsored ByPetroc
 Runner Up – Dale Midgley (Pall Life Science)
Dale has undertaken site wide energy monitoring and has helped towards saving the company £60,000 per year
 Winner – Shane Prater – Anglo Krempel
Has gone from a shy person to a deputy leader on two continuous improvement projects that saved the company in excess of £23,000

 Best Trainee of the Year

  Sponsored ByGTDev
 Runner – Quinten John – Beran Instruments
Quinten developed and implemented an ‘Enhanced Customer Support System’ to help with Beran’s Industrial and Nuclear customer based and achieved all the objectives that were set out.
 Winner – Shaun Turner – Pluss
Was unemployed for seven years and has moved up within the company and has taken no days off for sickness even though he has had a lot of health issues. We were impressed with how far he has come.

Best Environmental Project of the Year

  Sponsored ByTaw-Tech
Runner Up – Accord Healthcare
New compressed air system that has worked towards zero emissions of oil into the atmosphere as well as saving the company money on running costs
Winner – TCi (GB) Ltd
Has developed temporary office furniture. Developed a product for a problem you didn’t realise existed. Building site furniture was doomed to landfill at the end of large projects.

Best Innovation of the Year

  Sponsored ByAnglo Krempel
Runner Up – Accord Healthcare
New training system where their training is highly business focused. Focusing on short and long term gains for both business and personnel at a pace that suits the individual.
Winner – Atlas Packaging
Constantly developing the ‘standard’ to always be ahead of the competition and leading customers to new products. Trying to be 1st and to stay there.

Business Transformation of the Year

  Sponsored ByExelin
Runner Up – Anglo
HR, mapping placements into the business where they help with the business taking onboard ideas, etc. instead of looking at placements as being a nuisance.
Winner – Eaton
Redevelopment of their ‘Wax Room’ which has reduced the lean times from 23 days to 7 days. It has created a big impact on the business which will benefit them into the future.

Engagement with STEM & Schools

  Sponsored ByProject SW
Runner Up – Anglo Krempel
Sponsor of ‘Delta force’. The judges felt that this was down to one person.
Winner – TDK-Lambda UK Ltd
Have worked closely with a wide range of young people and funded help with sponsorships.

Exporter of the Year

  Sponsored ByIsca Barum
Runner Up – Helitune
Exporting 75% of the products. They have launched a new product with auto-translation of the readouts. They have won their 1st Civil contract rather than military.
Winner – Anglo Krempel
Exporting 64% of their products with a good order book for 2017. They have developed a stock holding in USA and are looking how to improve their relations with the US.

Schools Awards:

Primary STEM Challenge

Tallest Tower Southmead Primary School Sponsored by:Anglo Krempel
Tower to hold most eggs Woolsery School

Schools Technology Awards 13-16

13 – 16Winner Jake Hulme, Braunton Academy Sponsored by:

BCR Associates

Runner Up Jessie Thompson, West Buckland School
Highly Commended Yasmeen Abed – Park Community School
Highly Commended Joshua Ballard, Park Community School
Commended Ben Unwin, West Buckland
Commended Mona Wafi, West Buckland