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East Midlands Manufacturing and Engineering Conference 2019

Event Information:

Venue: The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park, Coventry, Coventry

Date: Thursday, 28 March 2019

Time: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: £25.00+VAT

Non-Member Price: £75.00+VAT

East Midlands Manufacturing and Engineering Conference 2019

Making the Midlands a leading destination for the Manufacturing and Engineering sector to Invest and Grow

Building on the success of last year’s conference, the 2019 Manufacturing and Engineering Conference will examine the latest thinking, policy and projections for the manufacturing sector in the East Midlands.

Major changes in the political and economic landscape are continuing across the world, with 2019 showing no sign of respite – the day of the conference will in fact be one day before the UK's exit of the EU.

As the country looks to develop a vision for future success, aligning to the five areas for growth and the four “Grand Challenges” in the Governments Industrial Strategy, the conference will bring together leaders from across the sector and – through a series of keynote and expert panel discussions – will explore the challenges and opportunities to develop strategies that will enable the East Midlands to continue to lead and drive the sector forward in the UK and beyond.

With the theme of “Future Growth” we will examine key topics aimed at supporting the sector, covering:

  • Finance and Investment
  • Skills and Productivity
  • Technology and Digital Transformation
  • Policy and Strategy

The conference is kindly being hosted and sponsored by The Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry.


  • Welcome and opening address – Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber ( Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
  • Welcome from the Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Government vision for the sector – The Industrial Strategy sets out four Grand Challenges and five foundations of productivity to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and to support a vision for a transformed economy, we will hear from Nick Chism, Director General, Enterprise at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) who will provide delegates with an overview of how the Government is driving this agenda forward. 
  • Bridging the Skills Gap, investing in your workforce - The demand for talented and qualified employees has never been greater with over two million new entrants required by the time today's primary school pupils reach working age. We will explore how we can develop a pipeline of talent by strengthening the link between education and industry to create the highly skilled and dynamic workforce required to ensure that we have the skilled and diverse engineering workforce for the future – speaker to be confirmed
  • Capital investment in an uncertain landscape, building confidence to invest - “Investing in a Trumped up world. How, where and why?” – You couldn’t make it up! This will be a lively view on what we can all do for our businesses and ourselves to grow and protect our assets and investments - Justin Urquhart- Stewart, Co-Founder and Head of Corporate Development, Seven Investment Management LLP  
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A: finance, skills and Government policy
  • Keynote Speaker – Talking the same language - the digital journey to successful manufacturing (tbc)
  • Panel discussion – Future Growth in a changing landscape exploring the impact of disruptive technology and the wider reaching implication of Brexit
  • Final keynote, close
  • Networking and Lunch

(Please note: The Chamber retains the right to amend the agenda.  The final agenda will be provided to delegates in advance of the event)

Nick Chism                                            Justin Urquhart- Stewart

Conference Package 

Delegate price includes refreshments and a buffet lunch, networking and the opportunity to tour the venue facilities. 

Exhibitor Opportunities

It is envisaged that there will be an opportunity to visit a number of exhibitors on the day and take a tour of the new Advanced Manufacturing Building.

If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, please contact or call 0333 320 0333 ext. 2006 

Sponsorship Opportunities 

A range of sponsorship opportunities exist for this event, and so if anyone is interested in finding out more about the packages available, please contact or call 0333 320 0333 ext. 2006 

Mailing List: If you wish to be notified of future Manufacturing & Engineering Forum meetings, please submit your details via the 'Need More Help' section stating M&E Forum eshots.


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