Sign up for awards, urges Shoreham and Worthing MP

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SHOREHAM companies should stand up and be counted, says the town’s MP.

Tim Loughton, who represents Shoreham and East Worthing, has urged local businesses to get involved with Manufacturing Excellence 2012, a UK-wide awards programme for manufacturing businesses.

He said: “I’m calling for businesses to apply and take advantage of the programme. Entry is free and there is up to £20,000 free consultancy advice up for grabs, as well as the chance to win at the prestigious Manufacturing Excellence Awards in November.

“Manufacturing is the economic backbone to the UK and, by entering, companies in Shoreham and Worthing can ensure that they play a large role in the country’s manufacturing resurgence.”

As well as awards for best manufacturer and best small or medium enterprise, categories include business development and change management, customer focus, financial management, innovation in products and processes, and logistics and operational efficiency.

Winners will also be offered help to improve their businesses, through a detailed bench-marking and assessment process

For more information on the awards, which are run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, in partnership with the The ERA Foundation, Lombard and WMG, and sponsored by Arup, go to www.mxawards.org