EEF’s National Conference 2015 | EEF

EEF’s National Conference. Make it Britain – manufacturing a renaissance

As the 2015 General Election approaches, our flagship National Conference brings together the ‘who’s who’ of manufacturing, politics and media at the UK’s premier manufacturing event of the year.

Critical to sustaining current economic growth and improving UK productivity is the need to invest, innovate and have access to a wide talent pool.

  • What are the trends that will define manufacturing competitiveness over the next 20 years and that require the collaboration of policy makers and business leaders?
  • What are the top differentiators that will define the future of the sector and our businesses?
  • What will the factory of the future look like?
  • Will resource scarcity challenges provide opportunities for governments and markets to get ahead?
  • What are best practice and leading manufacturers doing to compete, innovate and grow?

We address these issues and more at this conference.

Join the debate on the great British manufacturing revival.

Who should attend?

  • CEO, MD, Chairman
  • Commercial, Sales & Marketing Directors
  • General, Operations, Manufacturing, HR Managers/Directors
  • Members and non-members
  • Those with a responsibility in leading business strategy

Why Attend?

  • Join hundreds of manufacturers to network
  • Find new business opportunities and share best practice
  • Hear speeches from the main political parties and leading manufacturers
  • Vote in our interactive sessions and question our panel experts
  • Influence the agenda at a strategically important time
  • Challenge political decision makers to create a better business environment
  • Play your part in demonstrating Britain is a manufacturing powerhouse


Hear from an impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders and politicians at this flagship manufacturing conference, who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and panel debates.

With more high profile speakers to be announced, confirmed speakers at the EEF National Conference include:

  • Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Steph McGovern, Broadcaster
  • Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Business, Enterprise and Energy Minister
  • Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive, EEF, the Manufacturers' Organisation


Registration, networking and refreshments  
  Conference opens
Steph McGovern, Broadcaster
  Welcome from EEF
Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive Officer, EEF
  Welcome from Lombard
  Key note speech
Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
  Key note speech
Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Business, Enterprise and Energy Minister
break Networking and refreshments
  Key note speech
Shadow cabinet minister

Panel debate with audience Q & A and interactive voting - 'The Best of British Manufacturing'

Our morning panel session will feature industry best practice exemplars, providing delegates with the opportunity to hear from and quiz industry leaders on how they are achieving success and the factors that are driving this.

Steph McGovern, Broadcaster (chair)
Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota UK
Nicola Salter, HR Director, Williams F1
Richard Kirk, CEO, PolyPhotonix

break Lunch and networking

Panel debate with audience Q & A and interactive voting - 'Sustaining the Renaissance – 20 years on'

The afternoon panel session looks at the opportunities for manufacturing over the next 20 years, how different industry might look in two decades’ time, and what manufacturers need to do to prepare today.

Dick Elsy, Chief Executive, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
Brian Holliday, Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory
Sophie Thomas, Co-Director of Design, RSA
Andy Wright, Director of Strategic Technology, BAE Systems
Pam Murphy, COO, INFOR

  Closing speech
Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive Officer, EEF
   Networking and refreshments

Close of conference 

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