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East Midlands Manufacturing and Engineering Conference 2022

Event Information:

Type: Information and Policy

Venue: The University of Derby Enterprise Centre, 37 Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LD, Derby City

Date: Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

Delivered as part of the Derbyshire Festival of Business

This year the Chamber brings the East Midlands Manufacturing and Engineering Conference to you as part of the Derbyshire Festival of Business. The Manufacturing and Engineering conference is one of three key exhibition opportunities taking place as part of the festival, giving businesses an opportunity to increase visibility, create opportunities and to develop connections within this vital sector. 

The Manufacturing and Engineering Conference

The 2022 Conference will explore the major challenges for the sector through a range of keynote speakers and panel discussions, where we will be looking at the current and future economic, political, and technological outlook.

On the day there will be a focus on how digitisation is transforming the manufacturing sector, where early adopters are gaining a competitive advantage by engaging with emerging technologies and trends.

With an ambition for our region to maintain a world class, innovation-led, highly productive economy, this year’s Conference will explore how we drive the growth through Industrial Digital Technologies and how this can be made more accessible to the business community, supporting the move from strategy to delivery.

This year we are delighted to be part of the D2N2 “The Future Is Now” campaign, which aims to support and encourage our makers, and in particular SMEs, to maintain their competitive edge by adopting digital tools and technologies as the pathway to greater productivity and growth. Working collaboratively with local partners and national bodies, the campaign will focus on inspiring management and leadership to embrace change, accelerate new products and processes and transform our historic manufacturing sector – the backbone of the regional economy.

Agenda (to be finalised)

  • Welcome to the Conference - Scott Knowles, Chief Executive Officer, East Midlands Chamber
  • Government Representation - tbc
  • Industrial Outlook - Charlotte Horobin, Region Director, Midlands & East of England, Make UK
  • International Trade Outlook - Ian Harrison, Head of Exports - Midlands, English Regions, Exports and UK Trade Group, Department for International Trade
  • Panel discussion and Q&A - challenges and opportunities for the sector
  • Break - a chance to visit the exhibitors
  • The view from academia - Upskilling, Innovation and Research, how your local University can help you - Dr. Patrick Barber, Course Director for the Department of Engineering, University of Derby

The presentation will investigate how employers can access upskilling opportunities including short course and degree apprenticeships. How innovation and research can be accessed through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. The session will include some examples of how these have worked in practice and the positive effects on business.

Dr. Patrick Barber is the Course Director for the Department of Engineering responsible for the curriculum including its development, academic quality and industrial relevance. He has worked at the University of Derby for over 20 years, concentrating on developing industry leading course that provide the skills required by employers. In his current role he has developed a range of degree apprenticeships for a number of employers including Rolls Royce PLC and JCB. His research interests are in the field of engineering design in the field of teaching and learning.

  • The view from business - applying Industrial Digital Technologies (IDT), real-world applications and relative supply chain relationships - Rolls-Royce plc
  • Industrial technology is relevant to the smallest business - Nic Ferrar, Chartered UK and European Patent Attorney, Adamson Jones. Nic will be covering: 
  • importance of IP in adding value to products, meaning businesses can compete on innovation as opposed to competing on price, particularly when competing against businesses in other countries
  • how, although manufacturing is an older and more established industry and traditionally slower to adopt IP,  this is changing as businesses are listening to the government’s message on innovation
  • how planning is key and IP should be considered at the very start of the NPD process
  • benefits of IP for supply chain management

Nic Ferrar is a Chartered UK and European Patent Attorney with 20 years of experience in the IP industry handling technical subject matter across numerous sectors including aerospace, manufacturing, FMCG, software and power. He maintains a broad portfolio of IP protection for software-related innovations and has successfully prosecuted patent applications relating to machine controls, diagnostics, health monitoring, engineering design, video inspection, cryptography and blockchain technology. Nic is a strong advocate of UK industry and invests significant effort with his clients in the area of IP strategy to support their commercial aims, often culminating in patent infringement opinions, freedom-to-operate assessments, patent oppositions and IP due diligence.

  • “Future is Now” campaign – Frank Horsley, Head of Business and Innovation, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
  • Panel discussion and Q&A - challenges and opportunities for the sector
  • Lunch, networking and exhibitions 

The full programme of speakers and panel discussions will be available in due course.

Exhibition Opportunities

The conference is an excellent opportunity to showcase your business to others within the manufacturing and engineering sector, as well as the wider business community. Exhibition rates are as follows:

  • Chamber members - £125 + VAT
  • Non members - £150 + VAT

Costings include 2 x delegates per stand, entrance to the Manufacturing and Engineering Conference and a buffet lunch.   

If you are interested in exhibiting at the Conference, please download and complete the stand booking form and return it to 

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in discussing sponsorship of this event please email us at with the subject line 'Sponsorship - Manufacturing and Engineering Conference 2022'

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