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British Made Awards (2023)

SME News is excited to announce that the British Made Awards are returning for the third year in 2023! As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Britain has been at the forefront of the global Manufacturing industry for centuries. Since then, British Manufacturing has continued to dominate the international market, and is still hailed as a central hub for innovation today.

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Entries Open:Sunday 28th May 2023

Entries Close:Friday 25th August 2023

Winners Announced:November 2023

About the SME British Made Awards

SME News is excited to announce that the British Made Awards are returning for the third year in 2023! As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Britain has been at the forefront of the global Manufacturing industry for centuries. Since then, British Manufacturing has continued to dominate the international market, and is still hailed as a central hub for innovation today.

As we are now on the precipice of a fourth Industrial Revolution – often referred to as Industry 4.0 – it is the perfect time to recognise the leading companies and experts whose dedication and disruptive approach are ushering in this new era in Manufacturing. The British Made Awards 2023 will focus on highlighting the trailblazing businesses from across the UK who are making the most of advancements taking place in the sector, utilising emerging technologies such as IoT, Machine Learning, AI, and 3D Printing to stay ahead of their competition.

A recent report from The Boston Consulting Group states that these technologies could increase industrial efficiency by up to twenty-five percent, leading to impressive growth in the sector. Britain’s “Smart Factories” and their associated technologies are allowing manufacturers to automate production, streamline operations and factory processes, simplify supply chains, and drive productivity across their business.

The World Economic Forum predicts that by 2025 Industry 4.0 will be valued at close to three trillion pounds globally, and with Manufacturing playing such an integral role to the UK economy and job market, the influence that this technological revolution will have in Britain is expansive. Throughout the country the Manufacturing sector provides 2.6 million jobs and accounts for over half of all exports. Although factory automation is often perceived to be responsible for reducing job opportunities, introducing robotics in certain areas then gives companies the opportunity to divert employees into more skills-based roles. This has the potential to alleviate the skilled worker shortage currently facing the Manufacturing market, which nearly half of all UK SMEs in this sector cite as their biggest hurdle to success.

The British Made Awards 2023 will shine a light on the best of British Manufacturing, rewarding those companies who continue to innovate and improve performance despite the challenges that come their way. We employ a strict merit-based criteria to determine our winners, to ensure that those we select have demonstrated excellence in product development, manufacturing processes, client service, and growth strategies.

SME News is proudly not pay-to-play, so there are no compulsory costs involved in any stage of the British Made Awards. Successful recipients will be presented with a range of advertising options, which include both a free-of-charge celebratory package as well as bespoke commercial package upgrades. Winners can make the most of their award by taking advantage of promotional tools such as editorial coverage, digital badges and logos, e-newsletter features, web articles, physical trophies, and much more!

Taking part in the British Made Awards 2023 has many benefits, as SME News boasts an audience of over 78,000 relevant industry professionals across the UK. Receiving an award from us would be a fantastic way to boost your reputation, increase company morale, and provide invaluable brand exposure. Don’t hesitate to nominate yourself – or a deserving business you know – simply by clicking the ‘Vote Now’ button and completing the submission form provided!

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How long has SME News been in circulation for?
SME News was first launched in 2017 making it one of AI Global Media’s newer publications. SME News is a quarterly magazine circulated to just over 78,000 recipients. The publication seeks to inform, entertain, influence and endorse the start-up and SME business culture in the UK. We aim to achieve this by providing quality editorial and rigorous research utilising a multimedia platform capable of targeting key stakeholders of dedicated advisers, experts and contributors.

SME News is owned by AI Global Media, a UK based publisher which has over 200 issues to its name since 2010.
Where did the nomination come from?
In the interest of nurturing an environment proven to produce a high response rate, we don’t ask nominees to reveal any personal identity. With regards to methodology, we often nominate candidates ourselves and, when it comes to voting, if you didn’t cast a vote through a self-submission, it is likely to have been cast via a colleague or client who has received one of our direct invitations.

One of the main mantras of our awards system is that your ability to succeed is not linked to the number of votes received, meaning your award is presented purely on merit. In the interest of security and fairness, we track unusual behaviour on our website to identify repeat votes and cyber-threats.
What happens if I agree to be shortlisted?
In the interest of focusing our efforts on relevant and eager candidates, we ask all nominees to accept their position on the shortlist giving people complete control in the decision on whether they would like to move forward with the award. Nominees who accept are subject to our scrutiny during the internal vetting procedure and are given the opportunity to present their own data to be considered alongside information collated by our research team. This can take up to 8 weeks for final assessments to be rendered.
Who makes the final decision?
We employ an entirely impartial panel of 5 individuals to conduct all research. At the helm of the panel, is a veteran academic leader with international academic and training experience and is well versed in research, fact-checking and mediation. SME News’ research is overseen by Martyn Walters, who holds a master’s in history and experience in coaching, sales and hospitality.

This two-tiered system allows for a neutral mediator which we feel allows a more efficient method when determining individuals and companies most deserving of winning an award and has brought us much success and commendation throughout its use.
Is there a winner’s ceremony/award dinner and if so, when does it take place?
The short answer is, no.

We decided to not focus our efforts on a celebratory event. Despite being an enjoyable occasion, it doesn’t support our group’s philosophy of cost-effective marketing. We follow the belief that optional costs associated with an award are better placed in a year’s worth of online marketing for the winner rather than spending large sums on a ceremonial evening.

Our press announcements are made digitally, online and across our network to enforce our position as digital publishers. We aim to provide you with the tools (both digital and physical) to generate real-world value.
What happens if I am deemed successful?
After you have been notified we enforce a short press embargo while the programme manager will liaise with you to establish your preferred method of coverage. Generally, our coverage takes the form of a digital celebratory magazine, we also offer physical trophies, wall mounted certificates and plaques and digital certificates, web-based advertisements and press releases which can be custom designed for you or your company.
Are there any costs involved?
As mentioned there are no compulsory costs in accepting a nomination or winning an award with SME News. We do offer a variety of paid additional benefits for our winners, but these are completely optional. To demonstrate our commitment to no mandatory fees, all our winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain: regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to garner the full value of the award and our seal of approval. We offer a variety of promotional opportunities to our winners, as we have an extensive network and we know, more than anyone, the wider business benefits from promoting industry awards.
Why does your email domain differ from your website domain?
Because we send a large volume of emails, we separate our campaign email sends from our transactional ones. This structure helps to ensure a prompt and thorough response from one of our diligent team members. The sending email address will always be recognisable but please contact us via the address on this page if you have any concerns.

Methodology 1: Researching nominees - Full Width BannerResearching nominees

The SME News team work ardently to identify market leaders, innovators and enterprising start-ups, driving many of the nominations themselves.

We also encourage external nominations via the SME News subscribers, online visitors, social media followers, clients and wider circulation.

Nominating parties are invited to put forward either third-party businesses whom they hold in high regard, or their own organisation.

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Methodology 2: Shortlisting nominees - Full Width BannerShortlisting nominees

All nominees are formally requested to accept their nomination. Should any firm or individual rather decline at this point, they are simply taken out of the running.

Those formally accepting are given the opportunity to submit additional materials in support of their nomination. Although there is no obligation to complete and supply material, we have found that many nominees value this stage, in the process, as much as our research team do.

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Our dedicated research team will assess all information presented to them.

The team gather information independently from a variety of publicly accessible sources, which are assessed alongside any material supplied by a nominating party or the nominee themselves.

The research team casts their final judgment, based on various criteria including: client dedication, innovation, business growth, longevity, online reputation, customer feedback and business performance.

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Once winners are determined, they are personally notified before any public announcement is made, allowing time for any communications throughout the wider business and the coordination of marketing strategies.

Unfortunately, not everyone can be a winner; however, all who take part are encouraged to come back next year.

Once the press embargo is lifted, details of our SME award winners will be made public via the website, award winners’ magazine and subscriber newsletter.

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Methodology 5: Making the most - Full Width BannerMaking the most

We are prepared to offer a range of promotional packages and items to SME award winners, which vary from inclusion in the free-of-charge winners’ directory, to trophies, content in our magazine and on our website.

We encourage all winners to publicly announce their win independently. Announcements via company websites, social media, via publicly released press releases, and through local and national press are all great ways of maximising the exposure which can be gained from such an amazing achievement. If you have need of further advice, on how to gain maximum exposure from your win, please feel free to get in touch. We are happy to assist our clients with their needs.

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