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The Manufacturer Top 100 2021: Britain’s manufacturing heroes named

It’s not often you get to meet a hero.. but here's 100 of them and we are so proud to announce that one of them, is our one and only Shaun Pledger.

This award comes on the 25th Anniversary of Alloy Fabweld that Shaun set up back in 1996, his hard work and courage to find and develop into new market has been awarded with the Bold Investor in New Markets Award awarded at The Manufacturer ceremony last night.

This award was given to Shaun as someone who has been courageous in finding new markets, increased revenue by venturing overseas and helped reshape one or multiple markets by providing a new and competitive business model involving UK manufacturing.

The Manufacturer Top 100 is a showcase of those individuals who go that extra mile and are seen as catalysts for change. Nominated by peers and judged by an expert panel, the top 100 represent the very best of the UK manufacturing industry. This was a way to honour those individuals who played no small part in that collective effort.

These awards truly epitomise why it is exciting to be manufacturing in Britain today.

With Shaun establishing Alloy Fabweld firmly at the helm in architectural metalwork, his vision expanded into new markets with: Flexi Group UK providing Offsite Products; Rebel Strength in Strong Fitness Equipment, Livin Art with their unique and hand-crafted metal sculptures.

More recently with Hunwick Engineering having the UK’s first off-grid carbon-neutral manufacturing facility and Hashtag Big Smile, the charitable arm that Shaun co-founded in South Africa, that helps to build communities and spread smiles to those in need.

The 100 finalists were selected into six categories: Bold Investor in New Markets, Driver of Cultural Change, Innovator, Inspiring Leader, Unsung Hero, and Young Pioneer. Nominated by their peers and judged by an expert panel, the 100 people in these pages represent the very best of the UK manufacturing industry. And for those that have demonstrated particularly impressive achievements, the judging panel chose 20 for a special recognition as ‘Exemplars’ in their manufacturing fields.

Joe Bush, Editor of The Manufacturer, commented, “Congratulations to everyone of you on this great accolade, it is thoroughly well deserved and I speak for all of us at The Manufacturer and our Judging Panel when I say we are all proud of your achievements in making manufacturing in the UK the innovative and forward looking sector it is today – in what has been one of the most challenging times we can remember.”


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