It is a great pleasure to be involved once again this year in the Cotswold Life EMI Awards, celebrating the Engineering, Manufacturing and Innovation excellence that flourishes across our region.
Last week, I joined an esteemed panel of judges to consider this year’s entries. It’s clear that despite uncertainties in the economy, political landscape and the future regulations surrounding international trade in and out of the EU, individual firms are rising to today’s – and tomorrow’s - challenges.
As sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement category, we will be marking the contribution of a person who has played a significant role in the success of the region’s engineering community over many years. Longevity in business is, without doubt, to be celebrated. It can only be achieved through perseverance and in the face of market uncertainty and our ever-changing economic landscapes, without which the drive to keep innovating is not enough. Those who thrive in business over the long-term understand the importance of embracing change, having a clear vision, strong leadership and a skilled team around them.
BPE Solicitors’ expertise within the manufacturing and engineering sector and our innovative approach, providing trusted advice to businesses throughout their entire lifecycle has meant we’ve supported individuals and as their companies flourish and achieve incredible long term growth.
From our work to boost innovation (for example our involvement in work with Innovate UK and a number of catapult organisations) through to a deep understanding of the employment issues faced in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, we understand the concerns and opportunities that these firms often face.
We look forward to joining so many outstanding firms to celebrate their achievements at the EMI Awards gala dinner at Cheltenham Racecourse in September.