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Be proud. Be recognised! The 2020 awards will open for entries in September!

For over a decade NEPIC has been proud to champion the best and brightest – celebrating outstanding individual and corporate success within the chemical-processing industry. The NEPIC Awards 2020 will open for entries in September – and with 17 awards and £26,000 up for grabs perhaps it is time to start thinking about your applications? 

Apprentice of the Year Awards

Thanks to award sponsor Lotte Chemical UK there are once again three Apprentice Awards up for grabs, through which we seek to recognise & celebrate the region’s brightest young apprentice talent. So if you’re a current apprentice, or completed your programme in 2018, and have some great achievements to shout about we’d love to hear from you. Psst – each winner gets £1,000. 

Young Achiever Awards

To recognise & celebrate the region’s young talent from within the process sector, NEPIC is pleased to once again welcome entries for our Young Achiever Awards. Five awards will be presented to a rising star from each of the industries sub-sectors – along with a cheque for £1,000. Are you under 35 & keen to share your career story to date?

Environmental Award for North East Primary Schools

The objective of this Award is to encourage & educate primary school aged children on environmental awareness & actions by exploring & suggesting an environmentally themed project. The winning school, thanks to sponsor BOC, can then deliver the project aided by the £2,000 prize fund they receive. Do you know a primary school that could benefit from this award? 

Corporate Environmental Award

The BOC Corporate Environmental Award recognises & rewards the efforts of individuals & organisations whom protect the natural world from the impact of industrial activity. BOC & NEPIC hope to raise local awareness of environmental issues whilst building community ties. The winner will receive £2,000 to donate to a local school in support of a STEM related project.

Small Business of the Year

The region’s small and medium-sized businesses are the engine room of the UK economy. Through this award we are looking to honour the SME who, through cluster participation, has made great strides in interacting with the process sector. The winner will receive £2,000 to donate to a local school in support of a STEM related project. 

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year

This NEW category celebrates employers who can showcase a strong commitment to employing, nurturing and supporting apprentices. If you can demonstrate the contribution and success that apprenticeships have brought to your organisation, then this an award for you.

Communities & Reputation Award

The  Communities & Reputation Award, sponsored by Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, will be given to the NEPIC member company that can clearly demonstrate an outstanding communities and reputation campaign across any aspect of social responsibility. Responsible, caring companies are in a privileged position to help others and in turn be at the heart of the local community. In an ever-challenging business environment, this award will honour the NEPIC member that is making change for the better and is a realistic force for good. 

Engineering Firm of the Year Award

The Engineering Firm of the Year Award will be presented to the NEPIC member company that can clearly showcase business excellence from across the consultancy and engineering sector. The winning firm will demonstrate innovative and timely solutions to engineering problems and exemplar ‘best-in-class’ project delivery performance. Judges are also looking for evidence of staff retention, recruitment initiatives and education programmes, along with a demonstration of responsible care and community projects.  An understanding of how the firm has developed and how it plans to grow is of interest also. 

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award will honour the NEPIC member company or programme participant that has pursued game-changing ideas – across product, process and service – within the chemical-processing industries and associated supply chain. The Award will be judged on how innovative the idea is, how the organisation adopted it and its overall business impact. We are looking for a clear demonstration of a significant improvement in sustainability, resource utilisation, along with market entrance and business growth. For this award, scale is not an issue as we recognise that many products, processes and services can be low volume but very high value. Collaboration projects welcomed. 

Manufacturer of the Year

The Manufacturer of the Year Award is targeted at all manufacturers who want to shout about their achievements in the chemical-processing industry during 2018. Perhaps you have launched a new product or innovation that is making waves? The judges will be looking for clear evidence of innovation, commitment to sustainability and your contribution to the industry. 

Outstanding Contribution Award

The Outstanding Contribution Award, kindly sponsored by Sembcorp UK, is designed to recognise an individual who has gone above and beyond in any aspect of their role, or who has had significant positive impact on the organisation or industry as a whole. This award does not represent the longevity of an individual’s career – simply the impact & contribution that has been made to date. The winner will receive £2,000 to donate to a local school of their choice for a STEM related project. 

We wish you the very best of luck!
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