Are you hiding your light?

It could be argued that the UK has never needed its engineers to innovate more than it does now.

The recent economic downturn, an unprecedented budget deficit and a need to meet the targets set by the country's commitment to renewable energy sources mean the need to design and develop practical and commercially viable products has never been more urgent.

The UK may like to hide its light under a bushel when it comes to its engineering achievements, but surely it makes sense for there to be some recognition of those whose efforts have overcome significant technological obstacles to create products that are successful in both technical and commercial terms? This is where the British Engineering Excellence Awards, or BEEAS, come in.

Now in their second year, the BEEAS are designed to recognise the best of UK engineering. Whether 'the best' means products, organisations or people, the BEEAS will have a category that is bound to suit. You may imagine that your projects may, in some way, be too humble or mundane to be worth entering in such an event. You may imagine that your company is too small or little-known. However, the Awards are designed to to ensure that companies of all sizes can compete fairly, the Judges will take into consideration such factors as team size, project budget, project design cycle time, the regulatory environment, the competitive nature of the target market, the materials and technology selected by the design team and the attention to environmental issues.

More details are available at, while entries close on 31 July.

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Paul Fanning

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