2015 Regional Manufacturing Award for Innovation for Adande

Presentation from The Insider's Made in East & Central England Awards 2015​Adande were proud to attend the UK’s leading regional business-to-business media company, Insider Media’s Made in East and Central England Awards 2015, on 1 June 2015, celebrating the very best in the region's manufacturing industry.

The event, established as the premier manufacturing awards dinner in the region, was held at the Barns Hotel, Bedford and supported by SEMLEP, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. 

Insider recognised some time ago that manufacturers in the UK lack opportunities to showcase their products and the investment they make to keep them competitive at home and in global markets.” 

A sentiment echoed by Adande’s Chairman, Nigel Bell, who was buoyed by a visit to the Adande factory from the Secretary of State, The Rt Hon Philip Hammond, on 22 April, following an appeal to local government and media to recognise the successes that do exist in the Eastern region and drive innovative patented products to market globally.

The Insider's regional business editor Philip Cunliffe, who hosted the event, noted that the region excels "in manufacturing, precision engineering and technology". He said: "Its geography means it is well placed not only to be a major part of the automotive supply chain but also means it excels in sectors such as agriculture, biochemistry and food and drink. So congratulations to all the shortlisted companies [tonight] for all your hard work, creativity and excellence in your field."

Attended by Maria McNevin, Adande’s Marketing Manager, present to receive the award on behalf of the Company, remarked

“Adande have a great story to tell and people respond positively to it; it’s remarkable that from prototype in 2007, our drawers are receiving worldwide award and recognition, not least that our new Aircell innovation has received such positive attention and is currently being trialled at the new Tesco Eco Store in Lincoln.

We are reaching new territories serving a foodservice spectrum from Quick Service Restaurants to Michelin Star restauranteurs. Our award winning, patented ‘Hold the Cold’ technology, is known for saving time, space, energy and countering food wastage, enabling the customer to maximise their operation and meet their eco targets.

It’s not surprising that the latest innovation Aircell®, designed to counter ‘cold air syndrome’ and improve the retail shopping experience for customers has piqued Insider Media’s interest. 

Recently Insider Media told of the Lowestoft-based business, receiving a £2.1m grant and a loan of £380,000 as part of the £4.2m Aircell project with Plas-Tech and Bond Retail Services.

A panel of highly respected judges (detailed below) ran the rule over the region's manufacturing businesses and deliberated on which of them should be shortlisted.

Jim Davison, Regional Director, EEF
Roy Matthews, Regional Adviser, MAS
Oliver Drury, Director of External Communications Marshalls of Cambridge
Dr Patrick McLaughlin, Course Director for Operational Excellence at Cranfield University
John McManus, Industrial Fellow, Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University

In selecting Adande as the regional winners, an Insider Media source said: “Judges were impressed by the fact that the company clearly has innovation running through everything it does. Its commitment to innovation has seen it licensing its patent-protected technologies to global manufacturing partners around the world.”

Others Shortlisted for the Innovation Award were: Paintcraft, PragmatIC

This regional award sees Adande going forward to the Insider’s National Awards to be held on 9 July in Liverpool.

Maria McNevin, remarked, “The Manufacturing Company of the Year at last year's Made in the UK Awards was The Cambridge Satchel Company, who also had a great story to tell from their humble origins, yet is now one of the best known brands in the UK and beyond. We are opening a new chapter with Aircell, and aspire to tell of the characters and events that become part of its success along the way.”

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