Nearly 200 attendees from North Devon’s rich and varied manufacturing industry, along with many supporting services assembled at the Barnstaple Hotel on the evening of Thursday 18th May. Chairman Phil Scotcher welcomed and started proceedings for the 20th NDMA Annual Awards Ceremony.
After a beautifully served meal of roast Devon lamb and a trio of desserts, the schools awards were announced by Lisa Hutchings and presented by Richard Dormer of BCR Associates with Paul Mullen of Anglo Krempel.
NDMA schools awards celebrate achievements in technology and design projects and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. On display were the winning and runner-up entries from secondary schools, which included innovative furniture, clothing and even a surf board storage system. The winning Primary Schools STEM Challenge spaghetti and marsh-mallow tower was also on display. A total of 8 schools awards were presented.
The judges praised the high calibre of entries and many remarked on the professional quality of the work on show.
Speaker Robert Neighbour of Diamedica (UK) Ltd delivered an inspiring speech, giving great insight into the work of his manufacturing company in nearby Bratton Fleming. He described his work across Africa and beyond, providing much needed medical equipment to low resource environments.
The manufacturing awards were announced by lead judge Mark Stone of Plymouth University. He remarked on the high standard of entries, reflecting the diverse and prolific levels of manufacturing achieved in North Devon. Winners and runner-up entries were announced for the 10 award categories.
The final event was the Charity Raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, on a theme of ‘vintage’, celebrating the 20th year of NDMA awards. Guests had put their hands in their pockets and given generously. The total raised for the chosen charities, Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide and Care for Kids was £1360.