We have been recognising and rewarding manufacturing excellence for the past 25 years through the industry-respected Best Factory Awards (BFA).

Key Facts

    • The Best Factory Awards (BFA) are celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2016.

    • The 2016 Awards gala lunch is taking place in the Midlands, the home of manufacturing, in October where the winners will be announced.

    • Open to any manufacturing plant in the UK, more than 3,000 plants have entered since the inception of these respected and prestigious awards in 1992.

  • Funded by Toyota Material Handling UK, headline sponsor 2016. 
BFA 2015 winners Siemens
BFA 2015 winners.

Impact of our research

The Best Factory Awards (BFA), established in 1992, are one of the most sought after manufacturing awards in the UK, promoting and rewarding manufacturing excellence.

The 2015 awards were hosted by television presenter Steph McGovern from BBC Breakfast and featured 14 categories with Siemens Magnet Technology scooping three awards including the coveted Factory of the Year accolade. Some of the previous winners include Sony, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Unilever, Fujifilm and Leyland Trucks.

It is free to enter the awards and the process begins with each entrant completing an audit questionnaire, giving information about the characteristics and performance of the plant.

Each entrant also receives a free benchmarking report which allows the plant, in complete confidentiality, to benchmark its performance against the highest standards in their industry sector.

Why Cranfield?

Professor Marek Szwejczewski is Director of the Best Factory Awards and leads the team of assessors (experienced senior manufacturing managers) who select the category award winners and the Factory of the Year.

In making their selection, the judges take into account criteria such as operating performance measures in comparison with other factories in the same industrial sector, rates of performance improvement, the quality and effectiveness of the systems in place to ensure continuous improvement, the quality of management leadership and strategic thinking, and the extent to which the factory meets the criteria for world-class manufacturing.

Facilities used

If shortlisted, the assessors will visit the factory to meet with management, the workforce and tour the site.