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Manufacturing Nottingham's future

Development and production are still at the heart of the East Midlands, and Nottingham is no exception with its thriving manufacturing sector – which continues to grow at both a regional and international level.

Leading business group Nottingham Means Business, will be hosting a breakfast event on 25 February, at the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST), targeted at Nottingham’s manufacturing professionals who are seeking advice, discussion and information from like-minded individuals.

Simon GreyThe event will be hosted by NMB’s Chief Executive, Simon Gray, in collaboration with the Nottingham Manufacturing Network and industry insight will be provided by four speakers.

The managing director of Beeston-based SMS Electronics, Mark Goldby, will be sharing his views on creating a competitive international proposition for UK manufacturing and the practical challenges his company has faced in winning back work from overseas.

Cllr Graham Chapman will be discussing the need and trend to repatriate manufacturing, the status of manufacturing in the national economy and the benefits this will have to the local job market.

Martin Johnson of Greene, Tweed & Co will be defining skills and how employers in the industry need to work with each other and academic partners to be able to recruit skilled employees and continually develop skills.

Chief Executive of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, David Ralph, will also be presenting on the importance of manufacturing across the East Midlands.

Speaker Mark Goldby who also heads up the NMB Manufacturing Interest Group said: “This is an event run by manufacturers for manufacturers – where we are aiming to openly discuss the issues that impact professionals working across the sector. At a time when manufacturing is rapidly changing, it is important to bring the community together and discuss our priorities and also our biggest challenges.

“I am passionate about what we as a region have to offer, and I believe it is important to continue investing time and energy in the growth of the manufacturing sector. With this in mind, we have chosen to host the event at the NUAST – a skills based academy, and a hub for future professionals who may continue to grow as part of the East Midlands manufacturing sector.”

The breakfast will start with refreshments at 7.30am and presentations will start at 8am, followed by a tour of the NUAST building. The event is due to finish at 10am.

Simon said: “Nottingham is often referenced for its life sciences and creative industries - we want to ensure that there is still a spotlight on manufacturing, one of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s historic and still extremely important sectors.

“During this event, NMB alongside NMN will be opening the floor to questions from the audience as a forum to address both the issues and opportunities facing manufacturing in 2015.”

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