Hear us speak at Insider Manufacturing Breakfast in the Midlands

For centuries small and medium sized manufacturers have been the bedrock of the Midlands' economy: thousands of companies creating the goods and components on which the modern world was built.

But the pressure is on to produce high value-added goods which can hold their own against cheap products from emerging nations. Although many of the region's SMEs are rising to the challenge, overall spend on those things that will create those new goods, such as R&D and training, remain well below national and international averages.

Who Should Attend?

  • CEOs/MDs
  • Operations/Manufacturing Directors
  • HR Directors

Why Attend?

Insider's breakfast forum will examine what needs to be done to put more intelligence into our industry. We are inviting a specially-selected group of business leaders to put their questions to a panel of experts on issues such as:

  • How can we increase spending on apprenticeships and ensure courses are best suited to manufacturers' needs?
  • What external facilities and funding do SMEs need to help them develop products and bring them to market?
  • How can Midlands industry and universities work better together to drive innovation?
  • How dependent are SMEs and innovators on the demands of big original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)?
  • What are the markets and sectors that innovative Midland manufacturers should be targeting, and how should they reach them?
  • What incentives and help - legal, financial and regulatory - should the government and financial institutions be providing to drive industrial innovation?

Speakers

  • Dr Clive Hickman , Chief Executive, Manufacturing Technology Centre 
  • Richard Halstead , Regional Director, Midlands, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation 
  • Adam McGiveron , Head of Industry & manufacturing, Martineau
  • Jason Aldridge , Managing Director, Arrowsmith Engineering
  • Peter Shilcock, Managing Director, London Taxi Company
  • Craig Stevens, Hewlett Packard

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