Launchpad returns to Subcon 2021 spotlighting innovation across UK manufacturing and engineering. Applications close 1 August 2021

1 July, 21

After a powerful launch in 2019, The Launchpad and Launchpad Awards are returning for a second year to Subcon 2021, the UK’s premier subcontract manufacturing supply chain show taking place 14-16 September at Birmingham’s NEC.

The Launchpad and Launchpad Awards are dedicated to providing start-ups and entrepreneurs throughout the sector with a valuable platform for sharing innovation and earning much-needed recognition and brand awareness among thousands of engineering and manufacturing professionals.

To qualify, businesses must be under three years old with a product or service that relates to engineering and/or manufacturing. Up to eight businesses will be given a free stand in the Launchpad area at the show, offered expert advice and marketing support and automatically entered into the 2021 Launchpad Awards. Applications are open now at and close 1st August 2021.

Launchpad Award participants will be allocated a five-minute slot to present their innovation to a panel of expert judges including Subcon event director Gordon Kirk and chair Jon Excell. Taking place during Subcon, the winner will be announced at the show and receive a free stand on the main show floor at Subcon 2022 worth £10,000, plus ongoing PR and marketing support to help increase brand awareness.

Judging panel chair Jon Excell said: “We’re very excited about the return of the Launchpad competition. Its debut in 2019 uncovered some truly inspirational and potentially game-changing UK engineering innovators and disruptors spanning a range of sectors, so we’re really looking forward to welcome it back and seeing this year’s crop of entries.”

For visitors attending September’s Subcon, the Launchpad is an opportunity to view leading-edge innovation which can drive up productivity and boost competitiveness. Visitor registration is open now at and this year’s event is co-located with The Engineer Expo and Manufacturing Management.

Subcon event director Gordon Kirk: “Young businesses have faced extraordinary challenges as they have sought to bring ingenuity to market over the past year. It’s important that Subcon continues to provide a platform that focuses on the next generation of innovators and showcases their contribution to the future of industry and the UK’s global competitiveness.

“Subcon is a strategic opportunity for companies throughout the manufacturing supply chain to meet face-to-face, reconnect and secure business growth and a timely and unique platform for any UK manufacturers looking to source or develop a robust and localised network of UK supply chain partners.”

The closing date for entries is 1 August 2021, more information can be found at:

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