On 26th February 2015, EEF held its fourth annual conference at the QEII Centre in London, drawing together high-profile keynote speakers and manufacturers from across the country and political spectrum. The conference was compered by BBC presenter Steph McGovern, herself a former engineer.
EEF’s Chief Executive, Terry Scuoler, opened the conference in the morning by setting out how Britain can lead the fourth industrial revolution, calling on the next Government to support a productive and flexible workplace, support science and applied research bases, commit to improving the UK’s infrastructure, incentivise innovation and entrepreneurship, and provide a secure and competitive source of energy. He also urged delegates to work together to win the economic argument for staying in the EU in the event of a referendum after the election.
Rt Hon Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition, and Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Skills, both spoke at the conference and discussed the skills agenda, the UK’s membership of the EU and other key issues for manufacturers.
The first panel debate, ‘The Best of British Manufacturing’, featured industry best practice exemplars who delegates quizzed on how they are achieving success and the factors driving this. The afternoon panel debate, ‘Sustaining the Renaissance – 20 years on’, looked at the opportunities for manufacturing over the next 20 years and what manufacturers need to do to prepare today.
The conference prompted much discussion on social media, trending twice on Twitter, and generated widespread national coverage.
See below for photos and http://www.manufacturingconference.co.uk/ for more information.