The selection process for the awards involves an impartial panel of industry experts who generously volunteer their time to evaluate submissions. These individuals are chosen for their expertise and experience.

Judges review entries, ensuring a fair and unbiased evaluation. In cases where judges have conflicts of interest within specific categories, they abstain from participating in the assessment of those particular entries.

Upon the submission deadline, judges receive all entries in a uniform format, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations. Each entry is then scored by the judges based on the defined criteria for each category.

Judges meet to discuss their assessments and collectively reach a final decision on a single day, solely based on the content provided in the written entries.

It is crucial to note that the entire judging process is conducted confidentially, and all decisions reached during this process are considered final.

Annette Hobson

Regional Membership Manager for Yorkshire & the Humber - Make UK

Annette Hobson, Regional Membership Manager for Yorkshire & the Humber at Make UK, the Manufacturers’ Organisation. Having joined the company in 2012 Annette is alive to the vital contribution the manufacturing sector has on the local, regional and UK economy. Living in the region and currently in her final year of an Apprenticeship Degree at Sheffield Hallam University in Leadership and Management Annette uses her industrial and academic insight to represent and optimise outcomes for manufacturers based in Yorkshire & the Humber.

Delroy Beverley

Regional Chairman - IoD Yorkshire & North East

Bradley Longford

Graduate Business Development Manager - Henry Boot Construction

Bradley joined Henry Boot Construction in November 2017 in his current position as a Trainee Business and Marketing Assistant. Soon after, he began his Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship, which he has now completed. He started in the Marketing department, working on news articles and managing social media. However, over time, he has been working more on the Business Development side, seeking new opportunities through research and networking.

Nick Garthwaite


Nick started his working life in the 1970’s as an Apprentice Engineer at David Brown Gear Industries in Huddersfield and has been a huge advocate of apprenticeships during his career with Flender, Siemens and Christeyns. He is immensely proud of coming up with the initiative of “Bradford Manufacturing Week”, which is a Bradford Chamber of Commerce activity to bring students aged 14 – 18 years old into Bradford manufacturing companies and get a taste of what the modern world of manufacturing looks like today, a very successful initiative which has been run 4 times.
His other roles including Vice Chair of West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Bradford and Airedale Manufacturing Alliance and Chair of Bradford Manufacturing Weeks.


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