Your chance to win £1,000 to spend on developing your business idea

We are inviting businesses to submit details in advance of a product or collection that they are looking to get made in the UK.

Those with the most interesting concepts – be that in the form of innovative ideas or challenging product development issues –  will be given 5 minutes to pitch their concept live at the Meet the Manufacturer conference in front of a panel of experts. The panel will give feedback on the viability of the idea and the business will benefit from the knowledge and advice of industry experts.

Your idea could be anything from a product that you are looking to launch, to a collection that you are currently making overseas but want to explore the possibility of reshoring its production the UK.

Our panel of experts will be made up of UK manufacturers, designers and business owners who collectively have over 100 years experience in building British brands. This is your chance to get their feedback on your idea and to bag your business £1000 to spend on product development!

To be considered, businesses need to complete an application form with a brief description of their idea (maximum 250 words) and supporting materials (maximum 3 photos and/or 3 PowerPoint slides).

Deadline for entries is 22nd April 2016.  Final selection for participation at the event will be decided on a number of factors, including the strength of the idea, innovation, commerciality and entrepreneurship.


  • Include up to 3 photos and/or 3 Powerpoint slides to illustrate your idea. If you are shortlisted to pitch to the panel at the conference you will have the opportunity to resubmit new images and/or slides to support your presentation.
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.

Terms & Conditions

  • Shortlisted businesses will need a representative from their company to be available to make their pitch at the Meet the Manufacturer (MTM) conference in London on 25th May 2016
  • The competition is open to all UK businesses that plan to manufacture in any of the product categories represented at the Meet the Manufacturer trade show
  • All ideas must be the submitting company’s own and must have originated in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
  • The prize money must be spent on product development with a UK manufacturer and is not transferable to any other business
  • Entries received after the closing date will not be considered
  • The winner will be decided at the discretion of the panellists and the MTM team, and their decision is final
  • By entering the competition you agree to all or part of your entry being shared by MTM in any publicity material associated with the event