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East Midlands Manufacturing and Trade Conference

Manufacturing, Government & Policy

26/03/2024 9:00 am

26/03/2024 1:15 pm

James France Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU


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For further information on this event, please contact: The Policy Team on 0333 320 0333 or email


Through a range of keynote speakers, workshops and panel discussions the 2024 Conference will focus on the evolution of the Chamber’s “A Centre of Trading Excellence – A Business Manifesto for Growth in the East Midlands and Beyond”.

Unpicking the four “I’s” of Investment, Innovation, Infrastructure and International Trade we will explore the current economic and political environment, the opportunities and challenges for the sector and how we draw on the amazing regional assets that will impact regional growth and prosperity.

In a year of major economic and political change it is essential we understand where we can enact change, ensuring we protect our industrial heritage and drive growth and competitiveness in the right way in the East Midlands.


A full agenda will be announced in due course, detail to date:

– Welcome to the Conference – Professor Nick Jennings, Vice Chancellor and President, Loughborough University

– Sector overview: Make UK – Chris Corkan, Region Director, Midlands & East of England & Affiliates Partner Programme, Make UK

– Briefing on latest Innovation in UK Manufacturing – Steve Morris MBA, Sales & Commercial Director, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

The latest innovations within UK Manufacturing focussing on Innovation in Product Design & Build including sustainability and circularity. This will include a focus on supply chains including links to international trading and the shortening of supply chains through re-shoring & onshoring through the application of new technologies.

– Inward Investment: East Midlands Freeport – the role of the Freeport in supporting increased inward investment, as a custom site and creating supply chain opportunities – Jonathan Rawcliffe, Inward Investment Lead

– International Trade: The current state of play and future plans with regards to the Government’s Export Strategy – Ian Harrison, Head of Export Development, Midlands, UK Trade Delivery, Department for Business and Trade

– International Trade: East Midlands Airport – What the demand for air cargo says about the global economy and what role will EMA play in facilitating UK trade – Ioan Reed-Aspley, Head of Corporate Affairs – East Midlands Airport

Drawing on their recent report commissioned about the future demand for air cargo exploring how demand reflects the fluctuating pressures on the global economy.

– Panel discussion and Q & A Chaired by Professor Jan Godsell, Dean of Loughborough Business School.

– Workshop topics include: East Midlands Manufacturing Network, Made Smarter, Augmented Reality, Innovating with Additive Manufacturing (AM) for a Circular Economy and more.

Additional Information

On the day there will be an opportunity to take an exhibition stand, for more detail please email
To see a list of exhibitors who have already booked their stand. Please click here.
There are some remaining sponsorship opportunities, to discuss this further please email

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