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Manufacturing & Engineering Forum - National Fluid Power Centre

calender 31 May 2017
Type:Information and Policy
Venue:National Fluid Power Centre, Worksop
Date:31 May 2017
Time:8am to 10am
Available To:Members and Non Members
Members Price:Free
Non Members Price:Free

The Manufacturing and Engineering Forum provides a platform to address specific issues relating to the sector, the sharing of best practice, hear from exemplar organisations and to participate in relevant discussion topics.


  • Overview of the activity at the NFPC - John Savage, Director (NFPC) UK
  • Benefits of being a "responsible business" - what this means in practice, and how companies can use their existing systems to increase their sustainable and ethical business practices.
  • The Sheffield Innovation Programme- Alison Money, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Optional tour of the facilities

We will hear from our host, the National Fluid Power Centre (NFPC), which is a British Fluid Power Association certified Comité Européen des Transmissions Oléohydrauliques et Pneumatiques (CETOP) Education Centre and an approved training provider for many ‘blue chip’, industry leading corporations. The Centre has 3 fully equipped technical centres with over 3 million pounds worth of up to date equipment supplied to us by our Industry Partners.

Having gained ISO9001-2015 approval, the NFPC is at the forefront of approved training facilities, ensuring a close working relationship with a number of Industry Trade Associations. In addition to the standard package, the Centre offers scope for technical Seminars and corporate events for all organisations.

We will then hear from Ian Nicholson, Managing Director at Responsible Solutions who have been supporting clients in demonstrating their environmental and corporate responsibility credentials for well over 10 years. Ian will explain how demonstrating responsible and ethical business practices is becoming more and more crucial to win work and will outline how utilising the standards and certifications already in place within your organisation, can enhance business competitiveness rather than bureaucracy. With so many standards and certification schemes out there, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) landscape can be vast and confusing. Resistance to engaging with these however often boils down to cost: a perception that to fully demonstrate your CSR credentials is simply too expensive. But if done right then being a responsible business needn’t cost you. In fact it might even save you money

Finally will hear from Sheffield Hallam University on The Sheffield Innovation Programme, this enables Sheffield City Region businesses to access academic expertise, facilities and resources to stimulate innovation and support delivery of new products and services. Businesses can access a range of bespoke consultancy services with academic experts as well as a programme of events and workshops to help their business grow. Expertise available includes:

  • Materials and Engineering
  • Product and Packaging Design
  • Sports Engineering and Exercise
  • Food Engineering and Food Science
  • User-centred Software Design

Sheffield Innovation Programme runs until July 2019. The project is a joint initiative between Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering, and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Kindly hosted by:

National Fluid Power Centre

Strategic Partner Sponsor of this Forum:

Geldards LLP

With thanks to:

Sheffield Innovation Programme

Please note: there are limited places at this event, therefore preference will be given to organisations who operate in the manufacturing and engineering sector.

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