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EEF launches National Manufacturing Conference 2018

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has announced that the next National Manufacturing Conference will take place in London on 20th February 2018.

The flagship annual event – sponsored by Lombard, the UK’s largest asset finance provider – will bring together Britain’s leading Government politicians, senior industrialists and manufacturing leaders in these challenging political times.

With a Brexit deal still a while off, this year’s conference “Global Britain: Change, Opportunity, Growth” will look at the post-Brexit landscape and what companies can do to come out on top.

A number of high-profile speakers have been lined up, including Martin Wolf CBE, chief economics commentator at The Financial Times alongside Greg Clarke, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

By popular demand the conference will be chaired again by broadcaster Steph McGovern, a former engineer.

Key themes up for debate include the smart energy revolution, coping with a post-Brexit workforce and trading with the EU. With the ever-increasing threat to business from cyber-attack, Ewan Lawson, cybersecurity expert from RUSI will chair an interactive session.

Other workshops throughout the day will be chaired by leading business experts, including Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK), Peter Bance, CEO Oragami Energy, Jason Muller, Global Manufacturing Director, Lush Cosmetics and Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent.

The conference will be followed in the evening by EEF’s annual Manufacturing Dinner, with broadcaster Jeremy Vine as after dinner speaker. Guest of honour this year will be Greg Clarke, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, says: “With Brexit on the horizon, our conference comes at a critical time for industry, which has a key role to play in ensuring that post-Brexit Britain is a great success.

“This conference provides an important collaborative platform for industry and Government to work together. Government departments across the Brexit agenda must continue to work hand in hand with industry in order to tease out the best way forward as we form the post Brexit landscape.

We must ensure that a robust industrial strategy is delivered to support business growth across the whole of the UK, enabling manufacturers to play a full and unfettered role in helping the UK achieve post-EU economic and global trading success.”

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