Welcome to BusinessCloud’s FactoryTech 50 ranking for 2024.

Partful tops the annual ranking of UK companies creating original technology for use in manufacturing, heavy industry, batteries and materials.

Following the creation of an 89-strong shortlist, the final ranking was decided by a combination of selections from an expert judging panel (see below) and a public vote among readers of BusinessCloud. The ranking is supported by digital transformation experts Sputnik Digital.

You can click on the company names to see what they do. Businesses wishing to purchase an extended profile, including a logo, website links and content promotion, can email editor Jonathan Symcox here.

We also gathered views from the top 50 and judges to reflect technology trends in manufacturing. The 2024 FactoryTech Insights report considers adoption in smart factories, impact of artificial intelligence, the rise of reshoring as manufacturing returns to the UK and challenges around funding and recruitment.

Read the 2024 FactoryTech Insights report

The judges

Stuart Biddle, head of sales, The Manufacturer and Hennik Research

Stuart Biddle, head of sales, The Manufacturer/Hennik Research

Stuart Biddle has been creating and delivering support programmes for manufacturing business leaders for over 15 years. At The Manufacturer he is responsible for connecting manufacturers with leading technology providers and hosts conferences, focus groups, round table discussions, and webinars.

Kevin Smith, lead technology advisor, Made Smarter UK

Kevin Smith, lead technology advisor, Made Smarter UK

Kevin Smith is focused on making new technology accessible to SME manufacturers as part of Made Smarter UK’s North West Adoption Programme. Before this, he spent over 20 years leading transformation projects in the digital and creative sector for a wide range of clients.

Hilary Douglas, head of corporate affairs, Make UK

Hilary Douglas, head of corporate affairs, Make UK

Make UK champions UK manufacturing and engineering. It exists to help secure the future growth and development of UK industry which we deliver through a unique combination of government representation, industry intelligence, networking programmes and business services.


Jonathan Symcox, editor, BusinessCloud & TechBlast

Jonathan Symcox, editor, BusinessCloud

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