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Congratulations to the winners and runners up at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards

Posted by: Katherine Garratt 8 Feb 17 - 12:48PM  | Recruitment
Jonathan Lee Recruitment would like to wish the winners and runners up of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards a huge congratulations.

Team members from Jonathan Lee Recruitment had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony last week to witness the best the manufacturing sector has to offer.

As sponsors of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards’ Developing People Category, Jon Blaze, Head of Operations at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, addressed the audience before presenting the runners up and overall winner with the prestigious accolade.

Jon Blaze’s speech can be viewed below.



Jon Blaze says: “It was a real honour to sponsor the Developing People category and I was delighted to present the award to the runners up; FSG Tool & Die Ltd and Jaguar Land Rover and overall winners; Superior Seals Ltd. Everyone is aware of the skills shortage in engineering and manufacturing, so to have heard how members are constantly progressing, growing and investing in their people is very encouraging and great to hear for the future.”

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David Woakes, Group Business Development Manager, represented Jonathan Lee Recruitment at the event: “We were delighted to spend the evening in the company of the EEF and their members at the grand Connaught Rooms in London.

“I was seated alongside the winner of the Higher Level Apprentice - First Year Award, Ryan Anderson. His boundless enthusiasm for engineering, superbly supported by Siemens Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives technologies, is a fine example of how the industry is bringing in talented people to secure its future. I was also heartened to see how companies are investing in their people, from apprenticeship level and across the board.”

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Jason Cole, Client Relationship Manager, also attended the event, commenting: “It was fantastic to see the achievements of exceptional people recognised across so many businesses. I was fortunate enough to be in the company of the University of Cambridge team, Andrew Tuscher, EEF Regional Director for Yorkshire & Humber, and regional winning organisations Ideal Boilers, Airedale Springs and Acorn Stairlifts (they make stair lifts you know!).

“One of the highlights of the night was seeing Peter Digby from Xtrac winning the Leadership Award. Peter built Xtrac from an initial team of 4 growing to 300 employees and has rewarded his team’s hard work and commitment by giving them equity into the business. Xtrac had a record year in 2015/16 and this award provided the ‘icing on the cake’.”

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Also attending the event was Katherine Garratt, Business Partner – Marketing and Events, Jonathan Lee Recruitment who commented: “It was a great evening that really illustrated the passion, talent and world class standards upheld by UK manufacturers. I had the pleasure of being seated alongside 3 Rolls-Royce apprentices who passionately supported their training and entry into the industry.

“Many of the evening’s winners began their careers as apprentices and now lead global engineering and manufacturing businesses, bearing testament to the value and career progression that can be achieved from investing in apprenticeships and more widely in developing people.”


EEF Advantages Partner


Jonathan Lee Recruitment has been the EEF Advantages Partner for recruitment solutions for just over 12 months – providing a life line to EEF members seeking skilled individuals. The partnership has been a major success in terms of the interaction between the businesses – during the first year of partnership there have been over 30 successfully introduced individuals to member companies across the EEF regions and across a wide variety of industrial sectors including roles in the following functions;

Manufacturing and Production Engineering
Production Management, Supervisors and Planners
Supply Chain and Purchasing
Design and Project Engineering
Machinists, Fitters and Maintenance Technicians
Sales and Business Development
Finance & Accountancy.

Jon Blaze concluded: “We very much look forward to our ongoing partnership with the EEF and their members, continuing to provide a high quality service based on our own in-depth understanding of manufacturing. The next 12 months are crucial to everyone in the industry and we thank everyone who has been involved in the awards process.”
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