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Manufacturing and Engineering Forum

Event Information:

Type: Information and Policy

Venue: Integrex Limited, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, Derbyshire

Date: Friday, 28 September 2018

Time: 8:45am - 11:00am

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: £30.00+VAT

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


This forum is kindly hosted by Integrex Limited who are a leading UK designer and manufacturer of innovative, interactive electronic and IT products for education, retail and corporate sectors. Integrex specialise in the design, development, manufacture and installation of interactive and immersive special needs equipment, bespoke kiosks and cutting edge corporate AV systems.


At this forum we will be covering a range of topics which are high on the agenda of the manufacturing and engineering sector, touching on areas such as reducing energy costs, access to a skilled workforce and product development and innovation to remain competitive, all which are embedded into the Governments Industrial Strategy and Clean Growth Strategy.





Registration and refreshments


Welcome from East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)


Welcome from Integrex Limited plus an overview of their operations


Energy Use Demand Management Strategies for Manufacturing, Dave Bourne, Utility Alliance

Strategies to mitigate the recent increases in peak energy costs using batteries to store electricity when it’s cheaper & then to release it back to the customers power grid during peak price periods – the presentation will include a case study showing return on investment and potential savings.


The impact of Industry 4.0 on the future skills requirements and exploring the types of jobs might be at risk - Gemma Redden, Access Generation Limited

Access Generation, a social enterprise that encourages businesses to employ inexperienced young people, will talk about the pace of change in skills required for the sector and what this might mean for your business. You will hear examples of the types of jobs that are likely to disappear and we will be asking ‘are the skills we value today required for tomorrow’s world?’  Gemma will provide some top tips to start a conversation within your own business on how to create a digital strategy to ensure that you have the best opportunity to attract the talent you need.



Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit – Darryl Hoy, Research & Development Tax Credit Expert and Senior Tax Manager at Shorts Innovation Taxes Group

Darryl will explore how accessing alternative grants can affect R&D tax relief claims and where taking dividends vs salary can also impact on a R&D claim. 

Chamber Patron, Shorts Accountants will provide an overview to explain the affects that grants and subsidies may have on SME R&D tax relief claims and explain how, by following some simple rules, you can still claim tax relief.

The overview will also look at the options of taking dividends as opposed to salary and the cut-off points when it might be beneficial for R&D claims to take a salary.

This will be an informative presentation provided by Darryl, who is an ex HMRC R&D Tax Inspector, and will include case studies. Darryl will also be available for more general R&D discussions throughout the event.


Energy Research for a Sustainable Future, Supporting the Manufacturing Sector to be more efficient - Tim Saunders, Energy Innovation and Collaboration Team, University of Nottingham

Tim will describe the inspirational energy research that is taking place at the University of Nottingham and explain how businesses can collaborate and be supported as we move into a new energy future.




Benefits of attending/who should attend:

  • For those organisations operating in the manufacturing and engineering sector
  • Those looking to reduce energy costs
  • Those wanting to develop strategies to attract and retain a skilled workforce
  • Get an informative update on Research and Development Tax Credits from and ex-HMRC specialist

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