Ryian Ludwick, Sales Director at Ludwick Precision is among ten of the UK’s most promising engineering business entrepreneurs who have been recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Through its SME Leaders Programme, the RAE’s Enterprise Hub helps engineering entrepreneurs to maximise their growth potential, by providing training and development opportunities, bespoke mentorship and access to the Academy’s Fellowship, a network of over 1500 leaders in engineering and business. Each Leader will also receive up to £15,000 towards the cost of training courses and executive education for their own development.

Ryian Ludwick commented:

I am very honoured to have been selected by the Royal Academy of Engineering for this prestigious programme. The timing is perfect as Ludwick Precision is entering a new chapter in its history. We’re investing significantly in a number of areas to equip the business for success over the next 10 years, so the SME Leaders Programme will be invaluable in helping me develop professionally and bringing my skills to bear.

“It’s our objective to expand Ludwick Precision’s expertise in the design and fabrication of high quality bespoke products into both existing and potentially new and niche market sectors. Of course, our focus will remain on providing customers with products that are manufactured to an extremely high standard, on time and within budget.

“There are several challenges for UK manufacturing businesses and ours among them. These include the ramifications of Brexit with specific issues regarding skills shortages and possible restrictions on labour from the EU, barriers to trade and its impact on the cost of raw materials. Similarly, rising inflation has a bearing on a whole range of business related costs, which tends not to have a positive influence on market sentiment. In such a politically and economically challenging period, it’s fair to say the next few years will be interesting to say the least but Ludwick Precision is experienced enough in dealing with such conditions, having traded through two previous recessions. We are confident in our flexible business proposition and our manufacturing pedigree and with a refreshed brand, we are well placed to look forward with optimism.”

Ana Avaliani, Head of Enterprise, Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “The UK is blessed with some of the brightest minds in engineering and technology, helping the country become world-renowned for its innovation and as a centre of entrepreneurial talent. But scaling-up a business creates new challenges, so the SME Leaders Programme will help business leaders take their companies to the next stage. The engineering profession is vital to the UK economy so by helping these innovators to realise their potential, we can consolidate the country’s position as an engineering world leader.”


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