New manufacturing award category rewards connections

In recognition of enterprising Australian companies, who are clients of Enterprise Connect, Manufacturers' Monthly has announced an exciting new category for the 2010 Endeavour Awards, the Enterprise Connect Significant Achievement Award.

In recognition of enterprising Australian companies, who are clients of Enterprise Connect, Manufacturers’ Monthly has announced an exciting new category for the 2010 Endeavour Awards, the Enterprise Connect Significant Achievement Award.

Michael Burges, NSW Marketing and Promotions with Enterprise Connect, says the award is designed to recognise the achievements of an Australian manufacturing SME who has significantly transformed their business practices with the assistance of the Enterprise Connect program.

“Enterprise Connect provides comprehensive support to Australian SMEs, who make up a vital part of Australia’s economic future,” Burges said.

“Our small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the economy. Enterprise Connect works with these enterprises to improve their efficiency, raise their productivity, develop new ideas or tackle a problem that is hampering profitability.

“This involves commitment and application on the part of a business and brings real benefits in terms of jobs, economic returns and innovation to Australia,” he told Manufacturers’ Monthly.

“Their efforts deserve recognition and Enterprise Connect is ideally placed to champion the achievements of leading Australian manufacturing SMEs,” Burges added.

Enterprise Connect is the Federal Government’s flagship program to help Australian firms develop the skills, tools and knowledge needed to improve their competitiveness and productivity and to maximise their growth potential.

Endeavours 2010 Manufacturers’ Monthly’s Endeavour Awards, Australia’s premier national awards program for manufacturing excellence, is now open for nominations.

Now in its seventh year, the Endeavour Awards is the only national awards program specifically for Australia’s manufacturing industry.

Free to enter, the Endeavours offer a unique program for manufacturers to demonstrate and showcase their business successes and enhance the company’s reputation both locally and overseas, be it as a finalist or taking out an actual award.

The Endeavour Awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of industry leaders in their drive to achieve best practice and excellence in manufacturing.

The 2010 Endeavours, sponsored by BlueScope Steel, now include eleven categories:

* Technology Application of the Year.

* Australian Consumer/Trade Product of the Year.

* Australian Industrial Product of the Year.

* Australian Steel Innovation Award. Exporter of the Year.

* Environmental Solution of the Year.

* Global Integration Award.

* Safety Scheme of the Year.

* Young Manufacturer of the Year.

* (NEW) Lifetime Achievement Award.

* (NEW) Enterprise Connect Significant Achievement Award.

Plus overall Manufacturer of the Year Award.

Remember entry is free, and the deadline for entries is COB January 29, 2010.

For an application form visit www.manmonthly.com.au/Awards.aspx or for more information call Alan Johnson on 02 9422 2480.

For more information about Enterprise Connect visit www.enterpriseconnect.gov.au