A&M EDM has picked up two awards this month. The Smethwick manufacturer was named SME of the Year at the Make UK Midlands and East awards. It also took home the Excellence in Manufacturing and Engineering trophy at the Black Country Chamber Business Awards.
Mark Wingfield and Arthur Watts founded A&M EDM in 2002. Initially a two-person start-up with one rented machine, the company now has over 80 employees across two sites and annual sales of over £7m. It provides precision manufacturing services to many sectors including aerospace, automotive, Formula 1 and motorsports, deep sea and space exploration.
About Make UK
Make UK is a membership organisation which champions and celebrates British manufacturing and manufacturers. Its holds annual Manufacturing Awards, regionally at first and then with a national final, to cast a spotlight on manufacturers’ achievements.
A&M EDM took the coveted ‘SME of the Year’ trophy at Make UK’s Midlands and East awards. According to Make UK, this award champions:
“Businesses with less than 250 employees who have blazed a trail within the manufacturing sector. They will have led by example and developed progressive best practice for others in the industry. They will have shown exceptional initiative, boldness and dynamism, as well as exemplary management practices”.
Sustainable growth and continuous investment in people and equipment
The Make UK judges praised A&M for sustainable growth, innovation, rapid response and continuous investment in people and equipment. In the last year alone, the company has invested £1m in new machines. It has also installed 66 solar panels at its Middlemore Road site and taken on four new apprentices.
The A&M EDM team will now go through to the Make UK national awards, attending a gala dinner at St Paul’s Cathedral in January.
Black Country Chamber Business Awards 2023
A&M EDM also won the Excellence in Manufacturing and Engineering category at the Black Country Chamber Business Awards this month. These annual awards promote the “best of the region” and welcome 500 individuals to a ceremony which this year took place at Wolverhampton Racecourse.
Here at the Sandwell Business Growth Team, we want to say a huge congratulations to A&M EDM!