Entries for the British Engineering Excellence Awards are now closed. Judging will take now take place and the shortlisted entries will be announced on Monday, 10th September.

I would like to thank all those who have entered this year and wish them the very best of luck.

The winners will be announced at an awards luncheon on Thursday 4th October at etc. Venues County Hall, London. Please keep this date free in your diary.

To book your place at this prestigious event, please book here.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Paul Fanning
Editorial Director
MA Business

How to enter

Entries must be submitted online

You can submit your entry online using the online entry system. You will need to register first and then choose the categories you wish to enter. Once you have completed the work on your entries, you can submit them all at once. The online entry system allows you to start an entry, save it, and complete it later.

Entries are now closed for 2018

The main component of your entry is the entry document. All key information listed in the criteria for the category needs to be in the entry document and not in the supporting material.

Supporting material is optional and may be submitted in addition to the entry document. It should be used to illustrate/demonstrate what is in the entry document. Whilst supporting material is important and helpful to the judges, we ask that you keep these documents to a reasonable amount.

  1. The Awards are open to any business whose UK-based design engineering function has displayed measurable innovation in terms of product development within the stated judging period.
  2. Projects may be entered in more than one category but separate submissions must be made as category-judging criteria may vary.
  3. Judges reserve the right to change the category of entry if they deem it more relevant to the entry submitted.
  4. Sponsors may not enter the category that they are sponsoring.
  5. All entries must complete the entry template provided.
  6. Any access passwords or details required as part of entry judging must be clearly supplied in time for the close of call for entries.
  7. Supporting material and/or the entered product can be provided as part of the entry, though this is not automatically returned.
  8. MA Business holds no responsibility for the loss or damage to any entry or supporting material for that entry.
  9. All entries must include detailed investment information and measurements of performance. We appreciate that this information can be sensitive and all business sensitive information will be treated as such under NDA where appropriate.
  10. The Judges’ decision is FINAL. No discussions on recounts or requests for justification will be entered into.

Top tips on entering:

  • Include tangible evidence of the impact your project, product, design or nominee(s). Judges are looking for hard metrics, particularly market/design impact
  • If relevant, include the budget you had for the project – this allows judges to fairly assess context and compare and contrast entries
  • Be clear on the context in which your design team or nominee is working – what are the unique challenges of your sector and organisation? Remember the judges may not be aware of the ins and outs of working in your specific industry, so help them out by making this clear
  • Have a clear narrative which tells a compelling story and demonstrates a defined goal
  • Remember that with market specific product innovations, you must be able to show the impact of the design/product on that market

Good Luck!

The ceremony

Details about the event

On Thursday 4th October 2018, we will be holding the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) ceremony at etc.venues, County Hall, Central London - hosted by writer, broadcaster and qualified doctor, Kevin Fong.

Situated on the Southbank of the Thames, etc.venues County Hall has an enviable location next to The London Eye with breathtaking views over The Houses of Parliament & Big Ben and easily accessible from both Waterloo and Westminster stations.

The ticket price includes drinks reception, 3-course lunch and half a bottle of wine per person.

There will be a cash bar in operation throughout the event for additional drinks.

Table of 10 £1,950
Individual seat £295

To book your place at the award lunch, click here!

Prices quoted exclude VAT

Dress code: Business attire

Time Event
11:30 Drinks reception
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Awards ceremony commences
15:30 Final drinks
16:30 Carriages


The British Engineering Excellence Awards are held in association with the following sponsors:

Cambridge Consultants - Headline Sponsor

Cambridge Consultants is a world-class supplier of innovative product development engineering and technology consulting.

Working from our laboratories in Cambridge, UK, and Boston, USA, we have all the in-house skills needed to help you to create an innovative concept right the way through to taking your product into manufacturing. Most of our projects deliver prototype hardware or software and trials production batches. Equally, our technology consultants can help you to maximise your product portfolio and technology roadmap.


RS Components - Gallery Sponsor

RS Components is the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.


Goodfellow - Category Sponsor

Currently celebrating 70 years of facilitating scientific innovation, Goodfellow is a leading global supplier of metals, alloys, ceramics, glasses, polymers, compounds, composites and other materials to meet the research, development and specialist production requirements of science and industry. The company has an extensive range of 70,000 catalogue products in multiple forms available off the shelf, most subject to free delivery within 48 hours and with no minimum order quantities. With over 6000 customers supported by a worldwide network of offices, agents and distributors Goodfellow also offers a comprehensive range of bespoke processing services, effectively operating as an extension of the production team in order to develop custom fabricated components in any quantity required. Our in-house team is comprised of fellow scientists and engineers with extensive knowledge of materials and processing - through their technical expertise and a supporting range of specification tools the company has built an unrivalled reputation for helping to find solutions to even the most challenging of research problems. All of our products are also underpinned by the most rigorous quality accreditations including ISO, REACH and RoHS.


John Guest - Category Sponsor

John Guest, a proud manufacturer and the inventor of plastic push-fit, produces all of its connectors and tube in Britain. The company has a long established reputation of manufacturing the best in class push-fit connectors that create reliable pipe/tube connections within seconds, without using specialised tools. In the age of outsourcing, where most businesses are moving the manufacturing processes outside of the UK, the family owned business strictly controls the entire process from initial tool design through to engineering and manufacturing to ensure only products of highest quality are produced.

Apart from being a big name in the Plumbing & Heating industry, John Guest’s push-fit fittings and pipe are used in industries such as Automotive, Telecommunications – Blown Fibre, Compressed Air & Pneumatics and Drinks Dispense & Pure Water. Renowned companies such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Heineken and BT trust John Guest’s Speedfit Technology to deliver high performance products and services to their customers.


LG Motion Ltd - Category Sponsor

LG Motion Ltd based in Basingstoke design, develop and manufacture motion control technology components and systems to meet the exacting requirements of research and academic institutions and the wider industry. The product range encompasses a wide range of standard and bespoke motion control systems and will highlight Arcus Technology units, SMAC Units, LG series of Positioning Slides. From small and simple stepper motor systems to the sophisticated platforms for controlling and synchronising servo motors, LG Motion also integrates components and systems from a number of renowned global partners such asAirex, Precision Motion Dynamics, Velmex, Heidenhain, Schneeberger and Empire Magnetics.


Maxon Motor - Category Sponsor

Maxon Motor are the problem solvers of the DC motor industry.

We have a vast amount of technical knowledge and are the only global company who actually manufacture our DC motors, gearheads and controllers. maxon’s engineers have years of experience in assisting customers with their projects. From space to tattoo machines, robotics to drilling, we have expertise in a wide range of applications and industries. We will find the best commercial and technical solution for your application.

Maxon prides itself on quality and maintain the following certifications ISO 9001, EN 9100 for the aerospace industry and ISO 13485 for the medical technology.


MiniTec UK Ltd - Category Sponsor

MiniTec UK Ltd – UK expertise with original German engineering
Truly the art of simplicity

MiniTec UK Ltd is one of the leading manufacturers of modular aluminium profile building systems used throughout Industry, Leisure and Retail.

Keeping it simple – from design to installation.

The heart of the MiniTec system is the unique Powerlock ® fastening method which requires no special tools.The use of standard fasteners reduces the cost of the product package considerably, makes assembly very easy and ensures re-usability.

Design your system with Minitec ICAD

Design your product with the online iCAD tool which helps you select dimensions/shape and design.


Rutland Plastics - Category Sponsor

With more than 60 years’ heritage in manufacturing, Rutland Plastics are a respected name in plastic injection moulding. Regarded as specialists in gas assisted moulding they also patented a process of electrofusion.

Providing services from design, through to tooling, moulding to finishing services to include sonic welding, machining, and assembly. Rapid prototypes are offered through their 3D print bureau where they can simulate 100+ materials including transparent and rubbers.

They are Investors in People and hold accreditation's for ISO9001:2008, ISO14001 and ISO13485 Medical Devices.


TUV SUD - Category Sponsor

iED - Industry Supporters

Established in 1945, the IED is a Chartered Body representing over 5000 members working in engineering and product design. Benefits include fantastic networking opportunities, an excellent bi-monthly journal, legal advice and , professional indemnity insurance deals, local branch activities, CPD and guidance and support to registration with the Engineering Council, the Society for the Environment and the IED’s own Register for Product Designers for suitably qualified members, including Chartered Product Design status.



Your sponsorship package

Sponsoring the British Engineering Excellence Awards is more than just putting your company brand on an important event within the calendar. It’s an opportunity for a continued marketing presence within Eureka! and New Electronics magazines, the two market leading publications for design engineering, and their related web sites for a period of 12 months.

To make an enquiry about becoming a sponsor of the British Engineering Excellence Awards, contact Jez Walters by email:

jez.walters@markallengroup.com by Tel: +44 (0) 1322 221144


Frequently Asked questions

When is the entry deadline?

A: The deadline for entering will be Friday 29th June, 5pm.

How much does it cost to enter?

A: Entry to the British Engineering Excellence Awards is FREE

How many entries may I submit?

A: There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. However, you should avoid duplicating entries across multiple categories instead, tailor the entry specifically to the criteria of the category you are entering.

May I submit on behalf of a client?

A: Yes, although their permission must be obtained. You will be asked to provide contact details of a senior person at the organisation. We may or may not contact this person.

Our head office is based overseas - can I still enter?

A: If the design of your product is done in the UK, you are eligible to enter.

What is the difference between the entry document and supporting material?

A: The main component of your entry is the entry document. All key information listed in the criteria for the category needs to be in the entry document and not in the supporting material. Supporting material is optional and may be submitted in addition to the entry document. It should be used to illustrate/demonstrate what is in the entry document. Whilst supporting material is important and helpful to the judges, we ask that you keep these documents to a reasonable amount.

Please note that MA Business will not be held accountable for loss or damage to supporting material in the physical form.

What happens after I have submitted my entries?

A: Once you have submitted your entries they will be processed by the awards team, ready for judging. Judging takes place in September and we will announce the shortlist during the week of 17th September.

When are the winners announced?

A: The winners are announced at an awards lunch on Thursday 4th October, in London. Please keep this date free in your diary.

Can I Sponsor the BEEAs?

A: Sponsorship of the Awards is possible. For more information on availability and options contact:

Jez Walters
Tel: +44 (0)1322 221144
Email: jez.walters@markallengroup.com


The Judges for the British Engineering Excellence Awards have been drawn from a cross section of electronic and engineering design disciplines. They are all technical and well qualified people who champion innovative engineering design.

Eric Wilkinson (Chair) – CEO, Cambridge Consultants

Philippa Oldham — Programme Lead, Advanced Propulsion Centre

Philippa is a Chartered Engineer who thrives on working with a wide range of stakeholders from government, industry and academia to create visionary solutions, challenging existing silos between the sectors. Previously Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for six years, Philippa has a great understanding of the challenges facing transport and manufacturing both domestically and internationally. With experience from the automotive, aerospace and defence sectors Philippa believes the APC can drive investment that we need to equip the UK with the right capability and technology to be at the forefront of pulling innovative low carbon propulsion solutions through to fruition, accelerating economic return. Through the National Network Programmes Philippa is looking forward to the opportunity to use her experience and knowledge of the UK’s transport modes and infrastructure to build on the strategy already in place, driving through and accelerating deliverables. This opportunity to incubate collaborations, honing solutions to drive UK leadership in terms of exportable products and services.

Website: www.apcuk.co.uk

Richard Poulton — Hardware Team Leader, Navtech Radar

With more than 15 years experience, Richard Poulton is hardware team leader and part of the senior management at Navtech Radar. Managing a team of eight engineers in areas such as new product R&D, project management, customer project engineering, site work and supplier management, Richard also plays an active role in European regulatory groups.

He takes a personal interest in encouraging young people into engineering and regularly attends events at local schools.

Website: www.navtechradar.com

Dr Mike Irvine - Director of Product Development, Active Needle Technology

Dr. Mike Irvine brings more than 30 years of healthcare product development experience to Active Needle Technology. Mike has worked with the founding team prior to, during and since the organisation’s inception. Mike has prior experience of image-guided medical procedures using ultrasound and other imaging modalities. He has been instrumental in bringing a wide range of novel imaging, therapeutic, diagnostic and sensing technologies / products to worldwide markets. This has been done in a variety of medical device organisations ranging from startups to multinationals. Mike’s product development activities are complemented by his experience of business development and alliance management. Mike holds a PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Manchester and is a Chartered Chemist, member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Website: www.activeneedle.com

Simon Benfield - Director, Ramboll

Simon has spent the past thirty years in the Civil Engineering sector first for Gifford and then Ramboll UK Limited following their acquisition of Gifford. Simon has worked on a variety of civil and facilities engineering projects in the highways and marine engineering fields both in the UK and overseas. His current position is head of the Bridges UK team, based at Ramboll's Southampton office.

Throughout the whole of this period Simon's responsibilities have included detailed design, drawing production and its supervision, contract document preparation, project management and site work. Simon is also an expert of the implementation of product and process design in the civil and structural engineering field.

Simon is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Technological Product Designer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers. He recently stood down after a two year tenure as Chairman of the Institution of Engineering Designers. He is also a council member of the Society of the Environment.

Website: www.ramboll.co.uk

Paul Fanning – Editorial Director, MA Business

John Whiteman - Product & Process Development Manager Plessey Semiconductors

John Whiteman has nearly 30 years’ experience in the silicon and compound semiconductor sector and has held many roles within Plessey, including technical, managerial, quality and research and development. He currently heads Plessey’s product and process development activities at Plessey Semiconductors, with particular responsibility for GaN on silicon technology processes used in general illumination and LED display products.

Jake Wallis - Principal Engineer, Lontra

Neil Tyler - Editor, New Electronics

Iulia Motic - PhD Candidate in Electronic Engineering & Academic STEM Ambassador, University of Kent


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