Manufactured Yorkshire Merges Old with New for 2016 Line Up

25 January 2016

Manufactured Yorkshire has looked to the region’s industrial heritage for its 2016 line up that will see more exhibitors and delegates to a new bigger venue.

Alongside the traditional heavy industrial engineering manufacturing associated with Yorkshire, Food Production, a key employer in the area will feature prominently and new for 2016 will be Textiles; a sector re-emerging as a major contributor to the region’s economy.

Demand from ambitious businesses in the region prompted organizer, Chrissie Gale of Mooncas, to relocate to a larger site at Elland Road, Leeds and expand the sector base while extending the ‘Meet the Buyer’ slots following their success last year.

Former Secretary of State for Business and Enterprise, Sir Vince Cable, is the headline speaker looking to the future of manufacturing, while other headline speakers include Sarah Hodgetts, Deputy Director of BIS, Tim Dewey of Timothy Taylor & Co.

Alongside the main speakers at the one-day event in the Centenary Pavilion at Elland Road on Wednesday, May 11, there will be sector specific seminars tackling unique issues but open to all delegates to promote the sharing of best practice.

“Yorkshire enjoys an international reputation for innovating and producing high quality textiles sought the world over,” explained Mrs Gale.  “When we were planning Manufactured Yorkshire 2016 it was a natural choice merging seamlessly with industry and Food Production.

“It was also attractive to sponsors such as the Leeds City Region LEP and professional advisors who focus on business as well as our keynote speakers who are not necessarily sector specific.

“Ambitious manufacturers know that one way of growing their business resiliently is by listening to how others have faced challenges and identifying the common threads they can translate into their own business to resolve their own challenges,” she explained.

“Sir Vince Cable was a natural choice to launch the event; in Government he always fought for manufacturers and respects the work that manufacturers do to contribute to national growth.  Alongside Sir Vince will be speakers who are actively involved in steering large and not so large organisations to growth on often difficult trajectories.  Dan Cluderay of Approved Foods will join a seminar focused on the supply chain while ITogether will focus on cyber security,” she explained.

Sir Vince Cable himself is looking forward to attending the event. He said:

“Manufacturing is crucial to strengthening Britain’s trading position, improving productivity and boosting innovation.  After a long period of neglect, the Industrial Strategy of the Coalition  Government reasserted manufacturing industry’s priority. That must not be lost. The North of England in particular depends on it.”

Already many of the exhibitor slots are filled and the popular seminars where delegates share best practise are being confirmed by major industry figures.

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