Company strives for top national award

Martin Manufacturing (UK), now owned by US company Harman International Industries, is based in Louth's Fairfield Industrial Estate. EMN-150302-164836001
Martin Manufacturing (UK), now owned by US company Harman International Industries, is based in Louth's Fairfield Industrial Estate. EMN-150302-164836001
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A Louth firm has been shortlisted for the Semta Skills Awards 2015, which celebrate the best in British engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Martin Manufacturing UK, which employs 48 people in Louth and makes a range of smoke boxes for the entertainments’ industry, is a finalist in the SME Investment in Skills award, sponsored by Pera Training.

Hundreds of nominations from across the UK for the seven categories have been shortlisted to leave 25 finalists battling it out for the prestigious awards, with the winners set to be revealed at a gala awards dinner in London’s Park Plaza, Riverbank 
on February 2.

Jason Andrews, General Manager of Martin Manufacturing, said: “Skills are important to our business – competing in the international marketplace we need to stay ahead of the game so we need the most skilled workforce we can muster.

“Some of our employees have worked for us for over 20 years and we need to ensure their knowledge is passed on to the next generation of engineers to secure the company’s manufacturing in the UK.

“We want to promote, nurture and develop our own talent. Through its investment in skills and placing skills development and upskilling at the heart of its growth strategy, the company has facilitated a significant change in culture which is now having a huge impact on company performance.”

Anna Watson, CEO of Semta, said: ““We launched the awards last year and the winners have done a fantastic job in showing Britain’s engineers are still the best in the world, and this year’s shortlist shows the strength of the industry across 
the country.”

Visit www.semta.org.uk for more information and full shortlists for each category.