On 27th September, CBM members from across the sheet metal, forging, press work, fasteners and cold rolling sectors met at the Radisson Blu in Derby for our 2019 Annual Dinner & Awards. 

Here’s a taste of what happened.

A Night of Celebration with the CBM Metalforming Awards

This was the inaugural year of the CBM Metalforming Awards – a new way for members to promote their accomplishments and talent. The winners in three categories were announced and celebrated during the dinner.

Emerging Engineer of the Year

L-R CBM President Stephen Morley, Winner Steven Hill, Mark Evans, Crowe UK

Congratulations to both finalists – Ashley Wainwright from In-comm Training and Business Services and Steven Hill from WH Tildesley. 

Ashley and Steven showed clear passion for ‘being an engineer’ – not just having a job in engineering and are brilliant ambassadors for their firms and the wider industry. 

Steven was announced as the winner, with the judges recognising his initiative in contributing to the company and getting involved in engineering more broadly. During his 9 years at WH Tildesley, he’s had varied technical roles while also gaining operational experience.  At the same time, he’s excelled in his degree course at Wolverhampton University and taken on roles with the University of Sheffield and WMG. 

Thanks to accountancy firm Crowe UK for sponsoring and judging this category. 

HSE Initiative of the Year

Paula Taylor, Stadco; Zoupas Pantelis, Total UK

The shortlist reflected incredible achievements in HSE. 

APS Metal Pressings was recognised for an initiative aligning professional development with continuous improvement. The judges were impressed that this family-run business holds ISO 14001 and IATF certifications and is working towards ISO 45001. APS displayed excellent examples of best practice, holding health and safety days in-house and with suppliers, as well as engaging with the wider industry through the CBM. 

Cirteq’s project highlighted the importance of driving continuous improvement, and the judges commended them for not only identifying issues on site but also recognising the harmful effects of leaving them unresolved. The judges were also impressed with APS’ ISO 14001 and IATF certifications and their efforts towards ISO 45001. 

Stadco was crowned the winner for its innovative way of engaging staff (particularly the younger generation) with safe working principles. Their initiative had a clear implementation and measurement framework, and Stadco demonstrated positive and wide-reaching results for all staff.

Thank you to Total UK for sponsoring and judging this category.

Company of the Year

L-R: Agata Chec & Victoria Allenfrom Somers Forge; Rachel Eade MBE

The finalists were In-comm Training and Business Services, Total UK and Somers Forge. They all demonstrated a long-term commitment to innovation, skills development and new products and services. 

Total UK developed and launched an environmentally-friendly product that increases tool life and reduces operating costs. Total Folia is a transformational innovation in the metals fluids sector, boosting productivity and efficiency.

In-comm Training and Business Services were recognised for bridging skills and competency gaps in metalforming. They’ve been active in developing and delivering trailblazer apprenticeships and upskilling opportunities, and have achieved a 40% uplift in new engineering apprentices against a national decline of apprentice starts.

Somers Forge achieved a 41% increase in export sales following a major marketing initiative. £2 million of new equipment has enabled them to launch new products and services while reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. They’ve also worked with local schools to promote STEM, which has helped increase apprenticeship enquires.

Somers Forge was announced as the winner, with the judges identifying the winner as a real challenge, requiring robust debate. 

The award was sponsored by FBC Manby Bowdler Solicitors.

Comedy, intrigue and a bit of local history

Jack Woodward, the former Aston Villa commentator, compered the evening and kept proceedings fun and lively.

Professor Carl China MBE

We also welcomed Professor Carl Chinn MBE as the keynote speaker. You’ve probably heard him on the radio and read his work in the papers – he’s one of the Midlands’ most famous local historians and is a well-known manufacturing champion. He entertained us with anecdotes about the real Peaky Blinders, giving us the true story of Billy Kimber and the Birmingham Gang in the 1920s. From what he says, the BBC series doesn’t half capture the drama of the Racecourse Wars!

The night ended with a packed dance floor

Singer Lee Osborne and Band Mother Popcorn entertained us with rock and pop music from the 1960s to the present day, creating a fun atmosphere that had everyone dancing.

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to a wonderful evening. See you for more fun next year!