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Boston College has celebrated the achievements and creativity of Boston businesses through the ‘Made in Boston’ events over the past three years, and this year, despite the challenges, has been no different.

This year’s ‘Made in Boston’ conference and awards took a virtual approach with a range of guest speakers coming together to speak on topics relating to the business climate of today including, Matt Warman MP, who spoke about how 2020 has accelerated the move to greater digital connectivity and how this has opened up new opportunities to businesses; Charlotte Horobin from Made UK, who spoke about manufacturing, providing an insight and inspiration from beyond the local area; and Business Lincolnshire, who provided information on local grants and support packages available to local businesses. As well as external speakers, Boston College’s Head of Projects, Richard Chambers, provided an overview of the College’s new Digital Transport and Logistic Academy.

Matt Warman, MP tweeted, “Delighted to join this morning’s Made in Boston event hosted by @bostoncollegeuk to celebrate some of our amazing local businesses….Great to see the diversity of entries for the awards, thanks to Boston College Employer Engagement Manager George Bell for organising and congratulations to the winners.”

The ‘Made in Boston’ awards, sponsored by Business Lincolnshire, Boston Borough Council, Pilgrim Foodservice, Duncan and Toplis and Chattertons, highlighted the amazing new ideas and innovations from the last 12 months.

The awards gained a high number of entries from local businesses spanning a variety of sectors, with this year’s award winners being:

Made in Boston

Euroflow Automation Ltd – Their entry into the ‘Made in Boston’ awards highlighted an entrepreneurial culture that has changed Boston’s business landscape for generations. Current MD, Melanie Milnes’ grandmother was the youngest female manager of a Woolworths store running the Boston branch in the 1930s, and her grandfather known for Snowflake Woodshavings Ltd before forming Millwood Holdings of which Euroflow is a subsidiary. Euroflow’s brand spans food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries and have supplied complete lines to FTSE100 customers.

Putting Boston on the Map

(Shared winners) Mastenbroek and JDM Food Group – Mastenbroek are not only designing and modifying machines for different markets locally and internationally but are also helping the next generation through apprenticeships and taking on the role of STEM ambassadors to promote engineering in schools. JDM Food Group have grown to a £50m company, with 450 employees in under 20 years, supplying retailers and food service businesses as far afield as Russia and the USA.

Innovation Award

Genfrost – For their exciting Home Harvest concept. Using the latest horticultural technology, they have developed a household size unit where salad seeds can germinate, grow and be harvested – all on low voltage electricity and compostable grow mats.

Boston Maker

Metsa Wood UK – For their 400 extraordinary employees who have ensured the company has grown and thrived in a challenging year. They have demonstrated an ability to keep focussed, work as a team and meet some unexpected and very big spikes in demand.

Special Commendation

Boston Waterways Ltd – The company have been delivering river and sea trips for 28 years and recently added the Prince George to the fleet. Keeping up to date with both technology and Royal approval, Prince George is electrically powered using solar energy for its carvery cruises to Lincoln’s Brayford pool.

Congratulations to all the ‘Made in Boston’ awards winners. If you missed the ‘Made in Boston’ virtual conference and awards, or if you would like to watch again, you can catch up here.


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