The new EEF/RKHIS award will be given to the company that is believed to have made the most significant progress in improving the health and safety culture of the workplace by introducing, or developing existing, ideas.

The Future Manufacturing Awards offers manufacturers and apprentices from across the UK the opportunity to showcase their achievements across seven different award categories – business growth, people and skills, innovation, export, health and safety, environment and education.

The EEF awards are free to enter. The awards will be judged in five regions across the UK and regional winners will be announced in November. The regional winners then compete for the national awards which are presented at a ceremony in London in January 2014.

Commenting on the awards, Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF said: “The Future Manufacturing Awards has established itself as the biggest and most prestigious event in the manufacturing sector. As a response to the programme’s popularity, I am pleased to announce that we have increased the number of categories and awards so that more of your business units can take part. This is our time to celebrate our manufacturing champions and the young apprentices who are shaping the future, and I challenge all UK manufacturers to step up and submit an entry.”