With the launch of EEF's report, Manufacturing Ambitions: An industrial strategy for a stronger economy, EEF will host a Twitter chat with NatWest and Lombard to discuss the findings of the report and how manufacturers can move forward in a post-Brexit economy and support stronger growth across the UK.
On 24 November from 12:30-13:30, use the hashtag #mfgambitions to follow along the conversation and submit your own questions and comments about UK manufacturing, the key lessons of the report, investing in growth (both companies and the government) and what EEF, NatWest and Lombard see on the horizon for industry.
If you are interested in the future of manufacturing, industrial strategy and trade, join EEF and headline sponsor Lombard at the EEF National Manufacturing Conference on 22 February 2017. (Early bird discount on tickets until 31 December 2016.)
Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF, the manufacturers' organisation
Lee is one of the foremost voices for UK manufacturing when it comes to policy (particularly industrial strategy) and economic forecasting. A champion for industry, Lee regularly meets with business leaders, the media, policymakers and government officials about how manufacturing can thrive.
Richard Hill, Head of Manufacturing & Automotive, NatWest
Richard Hill develops strategic partnerships with customers to drive growth in manufacturing.
He is a prominent figurehead in industry, representing the RBS Group and the banking sector on key bodies such as the UK Automotive Council, Innovate UK and The ScaleUp Institute, and provides thought leadership across a number of channels including academia, trade and Government.
Hiten Sonpal, Head of Specialist Sectors, Lombard
Hiten Sonpal works with customers to develop bespoke finance solutions and business strategy, particularly in renewables, manufacturing, agriculture and commercial transportation. Hiten combines his previous experience and acquired knowledge of green energy finance to work with trade associations and customers to raise awareness of the benefits of using renewable energy, a role that enables him to make a real difference to the businesses with which he works.