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Bringing Manufacturing Technologies to Life


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Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been postponed. We hope to run it again in late September.


Date and Time

27 April 2017 - 08:30-16:30


Coventry, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Joint Event.
Contact Natalie Sullivan at nsullivan@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

This joint event between The IET, IMechE and IoD is about how to convert ideas into successful commercialisation, getting all the right ingredients and methods together for a successful and highly productive business. It's an open learning forum where decision makers, engineers and manufacturers can learn from each other. In addition we will learn what funding is available, success stories in applying innovation in different sectors and some comparison of investment with other countries, in particular Germany.

There will also be a chance to raise the challenges that faced by manufacturers and industry directly to Chris White MP, the Co-Chair for the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group.


Event refreshments sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group Event Supported by Policy Connect Venue sponsored by


08:30 Registration and refreshments
09:00 Welcome from Manufacturing Technical Professional Network
09:05 Keynote
Industrial Strategy and the View from Westminster

Dr George Dibb, Manager, All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group
09:45 Showcase of SMEs project

Julian Moore, Marketing and Business Engagement Manager, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)
10:20 Growth by innovation at Penso

Michael Collins, Marketing and Sales Director, Penso
10:55 Refreshments and networking
11:25 Supporting SMEs with Working Capital Management & International Trade

David Atkinson, UK Head of Manufacturing, Lloyds Banking Group
12:00 Horizontal Innovation

Gordon Attenborough, Head of Strategic Engagement and Partnerships, The Institution of Engineering and Technology
12:35 Lunch and networking
13:35 Capital Projects - Investment Criteria & Evaluation

Christopher Simpson, Managing Director, Simpson Associates
14:10 Supporting SMEs with Working Capital Management & International Trade

Keith Willett, Senior Relationship Director East Midlands, Lloyds Banking Group and  Chris Leahy, Project Leader for the International Trade Portal (ITP), Lloyds Banking Group
14:45 Refreshments and networking
15:15 Achieve business growth by increasing value to your customers

Gavin Jones, Director and Owner, New Potential Ltd and Des Kennedy, Owner and MD, Infinite Design
16:00 Panel discussion
16:25 Closing remarks
16:30 Event closes

*programme and timings are subject to change

Continuing Professional Development

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Additional information

Joint event with:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (logo)    

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The Government’s vision is to make the UK the best place for businesses to start and thrive, which is evident with the publication of the Industrial Strategy green paper providing support to our industrial sectors with an opportunity to influence our future success and economic prosperity as a manufacturing nation. To do this we need to understand the characteristics of our small and medium sized businesses, what determines their success and what holds them back. Businesses, particularly small businesses, have shown great resilience in the face of challenging economic conditions in recent years, and the number of small businesses has continued to grow. There has been an increase in the numbers of start ups who claim to be doing so out of necessity, but also a welcome increase in those seeing an opportunity, and most UK start-up activity is still opportunity driven. As the UK economy recovers, it is crucial that we make best use of the potential of these businesses who have the opportunity to grow significantly.

Innovation, commercialisation and productivity are the three key words that are constantly making the headlines in the UK. It is generally known that the UK has been very good with ideas and inventions, however lagging behind in commercialising them in comparison to other advanced economies. Furthermore, the current UK productivity output is currently 21% lower than the average for the other six members of the G7 (USA, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada).

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