BEEAs spring to action

Our search is now on for this year's industry stars. The entry process for the British Engineering Excellence Awards is now underway and open to any company or individual who are carrying out engineering design in the UK.

Shouting about success is not something that engineers, particularly British engineers, take to instinctively, yet there are huge swathes of the engineering going on in this country that is routinely excellent and that is something that we should be shouting about, both individually and collectively.

The BEEAs provides such a platform. The trophies are awarded at a glitzy ceremony in London in October, and none of those who make the finalists shortlists, and especially those who take home the trophies, are in any doubt that it is a worthwhile experience.

Richard Poulton, who won the Design Engineer of the Year Award in 2015, heads up the hardware design team at Navtech Radar, the Design Team of the Year. So, on the back of unveiling its flagship product, 2015 was a good year for the company, capped off with the two BEEAs. “It's a great feeling to be recognised,” admitted Poulton. “It's a sort of a validation for us as a team and us as a business, that we are doing something right, which is great.”

While companies such as Navtech have found it to be motivational internally, others have found the external image to be just as important, either as a company to do business with or as a company to come and work for.

The opportunity is now there for all in the UK engineering sector. So if you have developed breakthrough technology, grown an innovative business or excelled in your specialist field, then why not enter the British Engineering Excellence Awards? Equally you might work with other engineers or engineering teams who could also be encouraged to enter.

The 2016 categories are:

  • Consultancy of the Year
  • Design Engineer of the Year
  • Design Team of the Year
  • Green Product of the Year
  • Materials Application of the Year
  • New Product of the Year (Electronic)
  • New Product of the Year (Mechanical)
  • Small Company of the Year
  • Start-up of the Year
  • Young Design Engineer of the Year

The online entry process is very easy to complete and is totally FREE. Deadline for submissions is 15th July 2016. For full category information and to obtain your online entry form, visit

Tim Fryer

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