A competition has begun to find the best of British innovation.

Brewers, farmers and food manufacturers will take on competitors from a host of other industries in the Make it in Great Britain Challenge. The competition will celebrate the most innovative inventors, manufacturers, engineers and designers working in the UK today.

Winners from each of five themed categories will be exhibited at a display at London’s Science Museum, where visitors can vote for their favourites.

The five ‘Make it’ categories are: stronger; smarter; sustainable; life changing; and breakthrough, which is open only to entrants aged 16 to 21.

“The Make it in Great Britain campaign is all about transforming the image of modern UK manufacturing,” said business minister Mark Prisk.

“This challenge creates the perfect platform to celebrate the most innovative and creative manufacturing minds out there today, while showcasing their skills to potential investors, employers and peers who could help kick-start their ideas into real commercial ventures.”

Will Butler-Adams, managing director of Brompton Bicycles and part of the judging panel, said: “The Make it in Great Britain Challenge will remind us how many fantastic things we make across the UK. I love to know how things are made, seeing wild ideas move from the back of a scrap of paper to a real product that a customer can enjoy.

“I have no doubt the products that come out of this challenge will be some of the most exciting parts of the Make it in Great Britain exhibition.”