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Manufacturing Summit 2013: Investing in UK Manufacturing


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The Manufacturing Summit was established to bring government, industry and stakeholder organisations together to promote UK manufacturing and discuss important issues. The theme for 2013 is "Investing in UK Manufacturing".

Date and Time

18 April 2013 - 09:00-16:30


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


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About this event

Now in it's fourth year, the Manufacturing Summit was established to facilitate the debate between industry and government, providing UK manufacturers with the opportunity to hear from and to question key speakers from industry, government, politics, economics and stakeholder organisations.

More than ever manufacturing is at the very heart of the UK’s economic future. The theme for 2013 is ‘Investing in UK Manufacturing’. What is the Government doing to help manufacturers? What can manufacturers and in particular SMEs do to help themselves?

The UK Manufacturing Summit offers manufacturers a unique chance to obtain maximum benefit from one event.  With senior keynote speakers from Government and Industry, a question time panel and practical sessions, this event gives manufacturers of any size the opportunity to take away real practical benefit for their business.


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (Design and Production Sector)
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
The Royal Academy of Engineering
Findlay Media



Registration and refreshments


Opening remarks
Nigel Whitehead - Head of Programmes, BAE Systems and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering


Government view
Lord James Younger - Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)


Economic view - The impact of current and future economic conditions on UK manufacturing
Lee Hopley - Chief Economist at the EEF


Industry view - Large Manufacturer
Gareth Hankins, Director of Group Manufacturing Services, Renishaw


Industry view - Small Manufacturer
Dave O'Neil - Production Director, HK Timbers


Funding view
Mark Bryant - Business Director, Business Growth Fund




Question time panel

Chaired by Barry Brooks, Vice President of the IET with representatives from:

Government (TBC)
Chris White MP - Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group
Finbarr Dowling - Managing Director, Siemens Congleton
Chris Rea - Managing Director, AESSEAL Plc
Dick Elsy - CEO, HVM Catapult


Practical break outs:

Access to Finance - Lombard
Skills Apprenticeships - SEMTA (TBC)
Investing in Manufacturing Innovation - Robin Wilson, Technology Strategy Board
An SME Tale: How to help yourself - Colin Spencer Halsey, CEO, Hymid Mulitshot


Refreshment break


Breakout session feedback


Closing remarks - Max Gosney, Editor, Works Management

Reasons to attend

  • Question key speakers from industry, government, politics, economics and stakeholder organisations
  • Participate in practical discussion forums
  • Receive practical insights that can be applied to your business/SME
  • Network with key stakeholders who impact on the future of the sector
  • Network with your peers


From 145 GBP

145 GBP for Members
195 GBP for Non-Institution Members

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