Design for Growth

Learn how new and innovative product and process design approaches can support you in tackling challenges and help your business grow.

EEF, in partnership with Design Council, is offering Midlands-based businesses an opportunity to learn more about how new and innovative approaches can support you in tackling challenges and help your business to grow.

This free event will also see the Intellectual Property Office and the Institute of Engineering Designers provide free individual support in one-to-one business support consultations. Discussion with these industry experts’ will provide you with an independent, bird’s eye view on your business challenges and help align your commercial objectives.

This unique event will allow you to ask questions and gain professional advice and guidance tailored to your individual requirements.

Who should attend?

  • Midlands-based engineering and manufacturing organisations
  • small companies: MD, manufacturing, operations, engineering, product design managers/directors
  • mid-corporate: operations, engineering, product design managers/directors, product managers
  • those with responsibility for leading or delivering company growth via new product design
  • EEF Members and Non-members

Why attend?

  • Gain personalised advice from our EEF, Design Council, IPO and the IED experts on how design can help your business grow and innovate
  • Find out how QFC have successfully grown using innovation and ‘design-led thinking’
  • Network with your peers, share best practice and solve common challenges together

How the experts can help you:

EEF - improve efficiency and effectiveness of your engineering processes (i.e. Technology road maps), off shore and “follow the sun” engineering processes and CE certification of your products for export.

Design Council – innovate, grow and become more profitable through better use of design. By re-examining the way you work, you can hone ambitions and rethink your products, services and how you connect with customers.

IPO - make the most of your Intellectual Property (trademarks, patents, designs and copyright) and how to protect your Intellectual Property rights.

IED – engage and retain your engineering team by helping them to achieve Chartered Engineer status.

Lincolnshire-based manufacturer QFC, who supply John Lewis, Laura Ashley and DFS, will also share their story about how they recently repositioned themselves as an innovation-led business and why asking questions has been so important to the company’s development and growth planning.


Welcome and Introductions
Dr Steve Chicken, Manufacturing Growth Director, EEF
Design leadership
Ellis Pitt, Design Associates, Design Council
Growth through innovation and design
Vernon Goldberg, QFC
Make the most of your Intellectual Property
IPO Representative
Engage and retain your engineering team
Libby Meyrick, CEO, IED
Light Lunch

One-to-One Business Support Consultations

30 minute meeting slots will be available throughout the event with:

  • EEF
  • Design Council
  • IPO
  • IED

 All meeting slots will be confirmed in advance



The event is free-to-attend, but places are strictly limited.

All of the one-to-one consultations will be arranged individually. We will contact you to arrange once your event booking has been received. These will be booked on a first come first served basis.

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