Heald, the Yorkshire-based manufacturer of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) systems, is currently celebrating a double success achieved during The Manufacturer’s Digital Manufacturing Week which took place earlier this month.
With an entry in The Manufacturer* Top 100 List and a win at The Manufacturer MX Awards (run in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers), this dual recognition is testament to a record year for Heald which has seen revenues at the company increase by 60% by dint of the business increasing its distribution networks in the USA, Europe and the rest of the world.
At a ceremony held at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool, Heald’s managing director Debbie Heald MBE was named as an Exemplar in The Manufacturer Top 100 List (ranking in the Top 20), having been identified as an inspiring leader and someone who drives cultural change within the manufacturing industry. This prestigious list showcases the most inspiring individuals in industry to illustrate the enthusiasm and commitment present in modern manufacturing.
Heald was also awarded a surprise win during The Manufacturer MX Awards. Having been named as a finalist in the Export category, Heald was crowned winner of the Progressive SME Award (sponsored in 2018 by Innovate UK). This category was open to all finalists, with Heald being announced in top spot following an in-depth review process which included a presentation before a Judging Panel.
Commenting on Heald’s success, Debbie Heald MBE told Risk Xtra: “I’m incredibly proud to be named as an Exemplar in the Top 100 alongside some of the UK’s manufacturing greats. I’m also extremely proud of the Heald team who play an integral role in the success of the business and help to drive forward innovation in manufacturing. To be awarded the Progressive SME Award is testament to their hard work and dedication”.
Success with The Manufacturer comes shortly after the company secured a double award win at the Yorkshire Post Business Awards where Heald won the Turnover up to £10 million Award, while Debbie Heald MBE took home the Leadership Award.
*The Manufacturer is the UK industry publication providing manufacturing news, articles and insights while promoting Best Practice in the manufacturing industry