JJ Churchill has been shortlisted for The Manufacturer MX Awards 2019

A Leicestershire manufacturing business has been shortlisted in The Manufacturer MX Awards 2019.

JJ Churchill will now go head to head with manufacturers across the country for the title of Britain’s top Leadership & Strategy business.

Over 50 of Britain’s top manufacturing companies have made it through to the finals of the UK’s largest and most rigorous industry awards programme: The Manufacturer MX Awards (TMMX Awards).

2019 has been a bumper year for entries with a significant number of new companies entering including Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, Weetabix, and commercial printer Bluetree Group, alongside regular participants including Accolade Wines, Domino Printing Group and Tharsus – all vying to win 11 category awards and ultimately the coveted title of Manufacturer of the Year.

The shortlist represents the true diversity of UK manufacturing, ranging from smaller companies like filter and capacitator-maker MPE Ltd and Jotun Paints of Scunthorpe, to mailing machine OEM Pitney Bowes and global aerospace manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems in Prestwick, Scotland.

Mr Andrew Churchill said: “JJ Churchill is a family business which focuses on precision engineering and our 164 strong workforce operates at an international level.

“We have worked very hard to refocus the business and develop our people – all of whom share in our successes. We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Leadership & Strategy

Award and are looking forward to the big event.”

Robin Davies, Head of International and Sector Solutions, Santander UK, official banking partner of TMMX Awards commented: “Our commitment to UK manufacturing and the wider sector remains strong in 2019.  Once again, we’re proud to be supporting these tremendous awards at a time when despite the economic uncertainty, the success of the manufacturing industry is fundamentally important to UK economic growth. It’s incredibly rewarding to see such diversity and innovation in those companies who have made the shortlist.  We wish them all good luck and look forward to celebrating with them in November at the awards.”

The finalists go through to the second round of the competition where judging teams travel the length and breadth of the UK to visit the factories to gather first-hand evidence of their entries in action or present at a judging day.

Judges include previous TMMX Awards winners, Fellows from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), representatives from each of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres (HVMC), leading academics and industry experts.

Dick Elsy CBE, Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, said: “As the go to place for advanced manufacturing in the UK, we are proud to be a judging partner for TMMX Awards. Awards like these recognise the innovation of manufacturers of all sizes and celebrate the boost that innovation brings to our economy. We wish all shortlisted companies the best of luck.”

TMMX Awards are organised by The Manufacturer in partnership with IMechE. It is a matter of pride for both organisers that the experience provides real value to participants, above and beyond anything offered by similar awards schemes. After each round of judging, every entrant is provided with feedback from judges, a particularly valuable feature during the second round, when judges visit entrants onsite. Their expert assessment of what they discover during this detailed process has been described by previous entrants as a ‘free consultancy’ report, helping them benchmark themselves against the very best in the manufacturing sector.

Entry and judging are at no cost to the participants, and it could not be possible without the support of TMMX Awards sponsors: Santander Corporate & Commercial, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Autodesk, Capgemini, Check-6 International, Dassault Systèmes, RS Components, Sage, and Cordant Engineering.

Commenting on this year’s programme, managing director of The Manufacturer, Grace Gilling said:

“TMMX Awards is one of my favourite things we do at The Manufacturer and I am delighted that this year we have a real variety of companies taking part. Against a continued backdrop of uncertainty, it is fantastic to be showcasing excellence in UK manufacturing across many different disciplines and to have the enthusiastic support of our numerous sponsors.”

Matt Rooney, Engineering Policy Adviser at IMechE, said: “The Institution of Mechanical Engineers are delighted to maintain our partnership with TMMX Awards, which recognise excellence across UK manufacturing.  Manufacturing is one of the major drivers of our economy and in order to remain so the sector will need to adapt to a fast-changing technological landscape. Companies that put themselves for the TMMX Awards benefit from free benchmarking and professional advice based on an audit of their business. This assists them to drive continual improvement to enable them to thrive in competitive markets.”


The winners will be announced at The Manufacturer MX Awards ceremony and gala dinner taking place on 14 November at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. The evening will be the culmination and highlight of Digital Manufacturing Week – attracting over 800 attendees to celebrate the very best of British industry over a sumptuous 3 course dinner with a very special guest speaker! Book your tickets here.

Congratulations to the finalists!


Achieving Customer Value

  • 2 Sisters Food Group – Gunstones Bakery
  • Domino Printing Sciences
  • PolyGlobal
  • Protolabs
  • Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd
  • TSP Engineering


International Trade

  • Domino Printing Sciences
  • MPE Limited
  • Niftylift Ltd
  • PolyGlobal
  • Protolabsx
  • Radwell International Ltd
  • Rototherm Group
  • Silverson Machines Limited


Leadership & Strategy

  • Sponsored by Capgemini
  • Accolade Wines
  • AG Barr
  • JJ Churchill Ltd
  • Lintott Control Systems Limited
  • Renishaw PLC
  • Tharsus


Manufacturing in Action

  • Abbey Group
  • AG Barr
  • Airbus
  • AJ & RG Barber
  • G&J Distillers
  • NP Aerospace
  • Siemens Congleton


Operational Excellence

Sponsored by Sage Enterprise Management

  • Adelphi Group of Companies
  • BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd
  • Domino Printing Sciences
  • IMI Precision Engineering Poole (Thompson Valves Ltd)
  • Renishaw PLC
  • Rototherm Group
  • Weetabix


People & Skills

Sponsored by Check-6

Judges decided to split this category in to two separate awards:


  • Banham Security
  • Bluetree Group
  • Lander Automotive Ltd
  • Lintott Control Systems Limited
  • MPE Limited
  • Sewtec


Larger companies

  • Caterpillar Marine Power UK Limited
  • Coca-Cola European Partners
  • Domino Printing Sciences
  • Essentra Components Ltd
  • Jotun Paints (Europe) Ltd
  • Spirit AeroSystems


Product Innovation & Design

Sponsored by Autodesk

  • Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
  • BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd
  • Bytronic Automation Ltd
  • Domino Printing Sciences
  • Niftylift Ltd
  • Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd


Smart Factory

Sponsored by Dassault Systèmes

  • BAE Systems
  • BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd
  • Domino Printing Sciences
  • GSK
  • StairBox


Supply Chain Excellence

Sponsored by RS Components

  • BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd
  • Domino Printing Sciences
  • Pitney Bowes Limited
  • Smithfield Foods UK


Sustainable Manufacturing

  • Accolade Wines
  • BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd
  • Crystal Doors
  • Ibstock Brick Ltd
  • Kingspan Insulation and Kingspan Insulated Panels
  • pladis


Young Manufacturer of the Year

  • Francisco Neto, Adelphi Group of Companies
  • Bharath Karumuri, Associated Dental Products Ltd
  • Adam Taylor, First Step Designs
  • Corrie Mayne, Honda UK Manufacturing
  • Benjamin Briguglio, IMI Precision
  • Sagar Depala, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Gordon Steele, Spirit AeroSystems
  • Calvin Wakeford, Tharsus
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