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Winners of National Manufacturing Awards announced

Alfreton-based David Nieper has struck gold at the prestigious finals of a major national manufacturing awards programme organised by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation.

The annual awards, which recognise excellence among manufacturing companies in six categories, as well as five apprentice categories across the UK, were presented at a ceremony in Canary Wharf, London, and sponsored by Japanese IT solutions provider Hulft.

David Nieper picked up gold in the sustainability category and also came runner-up in the national developing future talent category. As a result of its outstanding success, the company was also given the evening’s main award, the prestigious Make UK Manufacturer of the Year, beating winning companies in the five other award categories.

David Nieper was named Manufacturer of the Year at the Make UK National Manufacturing Awards / Picture: Make UK


Judges said the company, which has been a designer and manufacturer of high-end female fashion for almost 60 years, has shown a consistent and strong commitment towards having a sustainable business model. Christopher Nieper, the firm’s managing director, is recognised as an ambassador for sustainable business and sets an example for both David Nieper and the industry.

They added that the breadth of ambition across all three components of sustainability, and the determination shown by setting tough targets and meeting them time after time is highly impressive.

As well as a commitment to sustainability, the company has recently opened its fifth factory to digitally print fabric in the UK rather than import it and set up its own skills academy which aims to train the talent of the future.

Christopher Nieper, managing director of David Nieper, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised in these prestigious awards which is a real triumph for our family business. We take both our social and environmental responsibility seriously, so being recognised for sustainability and developing future talent, as well as being the best amongst our peers, means a huge amount to the company.”

Claire Almond, director of business development EMEA at Hulft, added: “Britain is one of the world’s biggest manufacturing nations, and it is a great privilege to be working with MAKE UK to help support and champion UK manufacturing. The sector is facing significant change, as a result of what is being referred to as the 4th industrial revolution, and it is important that businesses are given the right opportunities to properly position themselves for the future.”

Other major winners on the evening included Blyth-based Universal Wolf, which took away both the business growth award and was also named SME manufacturer of the year, while the next generation of apprentices were also recognised with winners coming from BAE Systems, Siemens, British Engines and MBDA.

Make UK National Manufacturing Award winners:

Manufacturer of the Year

David Nieper, Alfreton

SME Manufacturer of the Year

Universal Wolf, Blyth

Apprentice Endeavour Award

Corey Hogg, British Engines, South Shields

Business Apprentice of the Year, Final Year

Helen Wood, MBDA, Bolton

Business Apprentice of the Year, Rising Star

Sian Court, Siemens, Congleton

Engineering Apprentice of the Year, Final Year

Alfie White, BAE Systems, Barrow

Engineering Apprentice of the Year, Rising Star

Denize Pilarta, BAE Systems, Barrow

Business Growth Award

Universal Wolf, Blyth

Developing Future Talent Award

Nissan, Sunderland

Health & Safety Award

Cleveland Bridge, Darlington

Innovation Award

SEA Ltd, Barnstaple

Sustainability Award

David Nieper, Alfreton

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