British-based catering equipment manufacturers keen to keep abreast of the bigger UK manufacturing picture will be able to do so at a special industry conference taking place in early March.
The National Manufacturing Conference, organised by manufacturers’ trade organisation EFF, will see business leaders urge government to set a new route to industrial-led growth when it gets underway on March 5.
The event, scheduled to take place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, will be chaired by Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who will oversee and provide key insight, analysis and debate into the challenges facing manufacturers.
The day will include panel discussions and a choice of best practice workshops, led by exemplary businesses, which will give business performance advice for those attending on topics such as green investment, managing global supply chains, skills, innovation and exports to emerging markets.
Shadow Chancellor, the Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, together with the former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine, who recently published a major review of economic growth proposals, have been lined up as keynote speakers. They will be joined by Roland Aurich, chief executive of Siemens UK and Jim O’Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the EEF, said the gathering of UK manufacturing leaders will remind policymakers ahead of the budget that they must take the same single-minded approach to growth promotion as they are applying to deficit reduction.
“The EEF National Manufacturing Conference will call for bold, joined-up action to ensure that the UK economy moves out of the doldrums by taking full advantage of our industrial capabilities,” he added.