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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

Supported by: 



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, Innovation and Digital Transformation
  • Policy and Strategy

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


  • Welcome and opening addressChris Hobson, Director of Policy and External Affairs ( Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
  • Welcome  on behalf of  Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber - Doug Squires, Managing Director, Squires Gear & Engineering
  • Welcome from the Manufacturing Technology Centre, the importance of growth through innovation, knowledge transfer and how to support the SME market - Dean Baker, Director of Business Launch Centre Unit, Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Helping British Manufacturing Prosper - exploring the commitment to support British Manufacturing through traditional banking solutions whilst offering added value through innovative Working Capital, Trade offerings & sponsorship of Manufacturing Technology Centre  -Paul Smith, Area Director, Commercial Banking (Leicestershire), Lloyds Bank plc
  • Government vision for the sector, including Q&A – 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 Alex Williams, Deputy Director for the Industrial Strategy, BEIS who will provide delegates with an overview of how the Government is driving this agenda forward. 
  • Bridging the skills gap, employers investing in schools at an earlier age – The demand for talented and qualified employees has never been greater with over two million entrants required by the time today’s primary school pupils reach working age. How then do employers strengthen their links with schools from the primary phase onwards and what are the right ways that they can do that. We look at the research and practice that will help engineering employers develop skilled and diverse workforces of the future; ranging from career related learning in primaries to becoming strategically involved via school governance. Dominic Judge, Director of charity Education and Employers
  •  Panel Discussion and Q&A: finance, skills and Government policy
    • Paul Smith Lloyds Bank plc
    • Tony Carr, Caterpillar 
    • Dominic Judge, Education and Employers
    • Sandra Wiggins, DPI UK Ltd
  • Keynote Speaker – Joining the Digital Dots - the digital journey to successful manufacturing - Digital thinking demands that we look at things differently. Supporting the Digital transformation across manufacturing depends on policy makers and industry working together to “join up the dots.” There has never been a more important time to build an integrated view of what “digital really means” to people, practices, places as well as the platforms we operate on. In this thought provoking and at times surprising keynote, Vodafone will suggest practical actions that can be taken to accelerate the benefits of digital enablement while keeping colleague engagement at the heart of digital ways of working -  Michele Metcalfe,  Regional Head, Wales, The Midlands & East of England, Vodafone Regional Business
  • Panel discussion – Future Growth in a changing landscape exploring the impact of disruptive technology and the wider reaching implication of Brexit
    • Leigh Hunt, CityFibre
    • Loughborough University
    • Vodafone
    • Tbc
  • Plenary - Chris Hobson, Director of Policy and External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
  • 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)


Associate Sponsor:

With thanks to:

Conference Package

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

Exhibitor Opportunities

Click HERE for detail of our current exhibitors

PLEASE NOTE - All exhibiton stand space has now been allocated.

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 

Working in Partnership with the Chamber network:


NB: If your organisation is a member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber or the Northamptonshire Chamber you can tick for the "Member" rate below

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A full confirmation with parking and directions will be emailed to delegates approx. 5 working days prior to the event - an invoice for your delegate place(s), will be emailed to you once your booking has been processed.  We ask that all invoices are paid prior to attending the conference.

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