17 May 2024

New Leicestershire Manufacturing Network launched by East Midlands Chamber

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Leicestershire manufacturers are to benefit from tailored support following the establishment of the new Leicestershire Manufacturing Network.

The new group forms part of the wider East Midlands Manufacturing Network which was set up in 2022 by East Midlands Chamber with the aim of helping manufacturers to connect to the support, resources and funding needed to accelerate. It has since attracted more than 350 members from across the region.

The insight and experience the Network has taken from its Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire groups show that rural manufacturers have subtly different requirements and challenges to deal with when compared to their more city-centric peers. Leicestershire is no exception and the establishment of a new group based in Loughborough will ensure local manufacturers are not only being heard but can also shape and influence the business support needed to address their business priorities.

Leicestershire Manufacturing Network Vice Chair Sandra Wiggins said: “I’m delighted to step into the role of Vice Chair for the newly established Leicestershire network of the East Midlands Manufacturing Network. It’s a fantastic opportunity to highlight the dynamic and often overlooked rural areas of Leicestershire. Being hosted by Loughborough University, allows us to elevate local manufacturing and spotlight the substantial potential and innovation within these communities. It’s a chance for us to unite, sharing best practices and learning from each other in a supportive environment where collaboration is key. I’m excited about the potential for growth and the recognition this can bring to our local industry, celebrating the vital role manufacturing plays in strengthening our regional economy.”

East Midlands Chamber Deputy Chief Executive Diane Beresford said: “Joining the East Midlands Manufacturing Network brings so many benefits. It raises awareness of the great work of manufacturers in our region and helps attract investment. It enables manufacturers to learn from industry experts and stay informed about the financial support and specialist advice on offer from programmes such as Made Smarter. Most importantly perhaps, it provides manufacturers with a forum to discuss their challenges and explore collaborations. The launch of the new network in Leicestershire certainly strengthens that.”

Loughborough University is the home for the new network’s forum meetings, the first of which will take place on Friday, 5th July.

Manufacturers are invited to book their place by clicking here.