Final call issued for Make it in Great Britain Challenge entries

30 March 2012 #SMMT News

The deadline to enter the Make it in Great Britain Challenge is fast approaching, with only a couple of weeks left in the nationwide search to find the most innovative pre-market products, processes and concepts the UK has to offer.

The Make it in Great Britain Challenge is open to inventors, manufacturers, engineers, designers, businesses of all sizes, young people and the general public. It forms part of the Make it in Great Britain campaign, which aims to raise the profile of modern manufacturing.

Up until the closing date on 5 April, judges are seeking entries across five categories that represent the breadth and depth of the manufacturing industry, and highlight the innovation and talent in Britain today.

The winning entries from each category will showcase their creations on a weekly basis at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum in London, which will take place during the Olympic and Paralympic Games time.

Visitors to the six-week exhibition will be invited to vote on their favourite entry. The winners from each weekly vote will feature together in the final week of the exhibit.

Business Minister Mark Prisk, who opened the competition earlier in the year, said, “The Make it in Great Britain campaign is all about transforming the image of modern UK manufacturing, and raising awareness of its importance to our nation’s economy.

“This Challenge creates the perfect platform to celebrate the most innovative and creative manufacturing minds out there today, while showcasing their skills to potential investors, employers and peers who could help kick-start their ideas into real commercial ventures.”

Will Butler-Adams, Managing Director of Brompton Bicycles, will form part of the judging panel. He added, “The Make it in Great Britain Challenge will remind us how many fantastic things we make across the UK. I hope to have a chance to see some really innovative pre-market initiatives bubble up from established companies as well as brand new talent.”

To find out more about the Make it in Great Britain Challenge, please visit

The deadline for entries is Thursday 5 April 2012.

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