Just 30 days to go to IFB – the world-class celebration of those who ‘Make it Britain’

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Darrell Matthews is North West Region Director at EEF, the manufacturers' organisation

The International Festival for Business couldn't come at a better time for manufacturers – because 2014 is rapidly turning out to be the year of the makers. Manufacturing is helping to power the economic recovery, delivering strong growth (the sector is likely to grow at least 3% this year) and with output, orders, employment and investment intentions at or approaching record highs.

And now, during the week of 23rd – 27th June, the world will be coming to Liverpool to see just what all the fuss is about.

And this is why we at EEF are committed to making this festival a success. Our role, as the manufacturers' organisation, is to shine a light on the hard-working, dedicated businesses up and down the UK who ‘Make it Britain'.

To do this, we are joining forces with Siemens to host a free conference at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool, L1 8LW on Wednesday 25th June. This will bring together senior industry figures, business leaders, opinion-formers, media commentators and policy influencers to share their insights on the future trends of UK manufacturing:

  • The Future of Manufacturing: can Britain lead a new industrial revolution?
  • Four sides of Make it Britain
  • World class skills and talent for the UK.

Our aim is to celebrate, challenge and engage. We want to open eyes to new opportunities in manufacturing, such as re-shoring, and open up the future of manufacturing to debate.

But more importantly, we will be making sure that manufacturers are centre stage – that the men and women who ‘Make it Britain', who are making our sector the huge success story it is today, get the support and recognition they deserve.

To book your free place or to find out more, visit: /page-not-found?page=ifb

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