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Manufacturer Top 100

Martin Ashcroft recognised in Manufacturer Top 100

TCE’s Managing Director, Martin Ashcroft, has been included in The Manufacturer Top 100 publication, a celebration of Britain’s 100 most inspirational individuals working in UK Industry.

Now in its 5th year, The Manufacturer Top 100 annual initiative is run by The Manufacturer magazine, in partnership with Cranfield University, one of the country’s top centres of business education. The scheme publicly recognises the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing and its goal is to help dispel popularly-held myths that vibrant manufacturing in the UK is a thing of the past.

Awardees are drawn from every walk of UK industry, from top floor to shop floor and they’re selected from hundreds of nominations for the examples they set to young people aspiring to a career in industry; 100 unique and uplifting stories of struggle, grit, determination and success against all the odds, personal tales of individuals helping to change popular perceptions of careers in manufacturing and draw young people into sector.

Nick Peters, Editorial Director of The Manufacturer and of The Manufacturer Top 100 report commented, “The individual stories in the report (available from are a compelling reminder of how strong and vibrant UK manufacturing really is. We need to keep saying that, because as a nation we seem to harbour the notion that no one in the UK makes things anymore, and young people are discouraged from considering careers in manufacturing. The truth is we do make things – we are the world’s 9th largest manufacturing nation, but there are too few skilled young people coming through the system. It is on behalf of that new generation that we do this. We want to break down the decades-old prejudice against manufacturing. We want parents to get excited about recommending a career in manufacturing to their offspring.”

Commenting on his inclusion in The Manufacturer Top 100, Martin observed: “It is a great honour for TCE to be recognised in this prestigious listing and I would like to thank everyone within the company for their hard work in making this possible.”

The Manufacturer Top 100 was part of the Digital Manufacturing Week series of events at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool in November 2018.


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