Cranfield School of Management's Best Factory Awards promotes and rewards manufacturing excellence in the UK. The Best Factory Awards stable of events includes our conference and factory tours as well as the Awards themselves and winners ceremony.

Best Factory Awards Video 2016

The Awards

The Awards take place annually and the process begins with the call for entries in January. Awards entrants can win various industry sector awards such as Best Engineering Plant, as well as special category awards such as the People and Skills Development Award or the Most Improved Plant Award.

The Awards are open to any UK based plant (large or small) and since 1992, more than 3000 manufacturing plants have taken part in this prestigious annual awards scheme.

Another important element of the Best Factory Awards is the free benchmarking report that each entrant will receive. This allows the plant, in complete confidentiality, to benchmark its performance against the highest standards in their industry sector.

To find out more about the Awards, previous winners and how to enter please explore our Best Factory Awards Website.

The Conference

Our ‘sister’ event, the Best Factory Awards Conference takes place in the Spring of each year.  The two day event brings together previous winners of the Awards to share best practice and knowledge.  The second day of the Conference offers an exclusive tour of a leading factory.  The Conference is an unmissable opportunity to hear first-hand what it takes to be a Best Factory.  For further information on this year’s Conference click here.

Factory Tours

Each year we offer exclusive Factory Tours of our Award winners.  An opportunity to learn, in depth, how a best-in-class factory runs, its use of best practices and ask all those questions that could help to improve your own factory's performance.  To view our forthcoming factory tours please explore our website.