18 Oct 2022

Leicester and Leicestershire Manufacturing Peer Network to host event at Leicester Business Festival

Manufacturing business leaders across Leicestershire can find out about opportunities to collaborate together at a Leicester Business Festival event hosted by East Midlands Chamber.

The Chamber is inviting individuals to find out more about the Leicester and Leicestershire Manufacturing Peer Network at an event on Thursday 10 November 2022 from 8am to 10am.

It forms part of the Peer Networks programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Midlands Engine with the aim of creating a trusted support network that helps to build and strengthen the overall performance of businesses.

Expert facilitator Sandra Wiggins, co-founder of DPI UK, will lead seven informal sessions in which peers discuss their challenges within a confidential environment and work to overcome them through conversations.

According to Make UK’s Regional Manufacturing Outlook 2022 report, there are 258,000 manufacturing jobs in the East Midlands – equivalent to 11% of the region’s workforce, accounting for the industry’s highest proportion across all UK regions.

Diane Beresford, deputy chief executive at East Midlands Chamber, said: “The East Midlands is a region with a strong manufacturing heritage and the potential to have an equally strong future by working together.

“Our Leicester and Leicestershire Manufacturing Peer Network has a key role to play in securing the industry’s future success in our region by bringing together the huge fountain of knowledge and skills existing here within a dedicated, supportive peer network.

“Rather than a classroom teaching environment, delegates learn and develop by simply talking to each other and putting their heads together to solve the problems they all face and understand. This ultimately helps them to improve the performance of their businesses by achieving higher turnover, retain more staff and drive increased productivity.”

The Leicester and Leicestershire Manufacturing Peer Network is available to senior leaders within any SME business based in Leicestershire that has operated for at least a year, a turnover exceeding £100,000, at least three employees, an aspiration to improve and the potential to scale up or export, or is exporting already. Sessions run from 10 November to 16 March.

By completing the programme, individuals can expect to overcome business challenges and act on new opportunities, build a trusted network of connections to support them now and in the future, and improve their long-term personal and business performance.

As the largest business representation organisation in the region, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) is the leading voice for business in the East Midlands. It was recently named the UK Chamber of the Year by the British Chambers of Commerce, which includes 53 accredited chambers within its network. The Chamber is a partner of the festival and, each year, offers events for local businesses to get involved with.

Other manufacturing events at Leicester Business Festival

Manufacturers in the region may also be interested in related Leicester Business Festival events hosted by a variety of other businesses:

  • Thursday 10 November, 11am – 2pm, Celebrating the Diverse Manufacturing sector of Leicestershire: This Leicestershire Business Voice event will give an insight into the region’s makeup, everything from Textiles to Hydrogen. Key stakeholders will facilitate discussion of those driving change for the good of the manufacturing ecosystem.
  • Friday 11 November, 9.30am – 12pm, Product Development Workshop: Delivered by experts from the University of Leicester’s STAR Accelerator programme, the free product development workshops are open to start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs interested in developing new and innovative products.
  • Tuesday 15 November, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Marketing for Manufacturers – How to get seen and show the world your great work: Learn how to get your message out to your target audience more effectively and show the great work you do

With a total of 82 free-to-attend events in the LBF covering a broad range of topics including marketing, growth, law and finance, there is sure to be something for businesses in all sectors.

Tickets are available now and can be secured online at: www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com