EEF national conference line up offers companies chance to learn from the best

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Manufacturers will have the opportunity to learn best business practice from the most innovative companies next February at the flagship National Manufacturing Conference – 'Manufacturing a Renaissance' organised by EEF, the manufacturers' organisation and sponsored by Asset Finance provider Lombard.

The conference, on 26 February 2015 at the QE2 centre in Westminster will be opened by EEF CEO, Terry Scuoler with keynote speakers Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, the Business, Enterprise & Energy Minister and Martin Wolf, the Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times.

This will be followed by a morning panel session featuring industry best practice exemplars, providing delegates with the opportunity to hear from, and quiz, industry leaders on how they are achieving success and the factors driving this. Speakers currently confirmed are:

Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota UK
Nicola Salter, HR Director, Williams F1
Richard Kirk, CEO, PolyPhotonix

The afternoon debate 'Sustaining the Renaissance – 20 years on' will look at the opportunities for manufacturing over the next 20 years, how different industry might look in two decades' time and, what manufacturers need to do to prepare today.

Dick Elsy, Chief Executive, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
Brian Holliday, Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory
Sophie Thomas, Co-Director of Design, Royal Society of Arts

As part of its 'Make it Britain' campaign in the run up to the General Election, EEF will also publish its full election manifesto, laying down a challenge to all three main parties to pursue policies that will promote jobs and growth.

Following the conference, EEF will also be hosting the annual Manufacturers' Dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The Guest of Honour will be the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills while the after dinner speaker will be the broadcaster and former politician, Rt Hon Michael Portillo.

Commenting, EEF Chief Executive, Terry Scuoler, said: "Next years' conference will come at a critical time for business and all three main parties must have growth at the centre of their policies. Our event will give manufacturers the chance to talk to government and, opposition, about what the priorities should be to boost jobs and investment."

Richard Hemsley, Managing Director of Lombard, commented: "We are delighted to be headline sponsor of what is a landmark event in the UK manufacturing calendar. The conference represents a unique opportunity to interact with key decision makers in both politics and industry and offers a chance to look to the future and understand the challenges that await. We look forward to hearing from a fantastic selection of speakers, who will provide a huge amount of insight into how the vitally important manufacturing sector can achieve success both now and in the years ahead."

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