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Staffordshire companies meet to discuss manufacturing at Staffordshire Manufacturing 2020 conference

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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FIRMS from across the county are set to gather on Friday, April 4. in a celebration of Staffordshire's manufacturing sector and a consideration of its future.

Staffordshire is home to some of the country's leading manufacturing companies.

With a broad skills base, world class research and development facilities, excellent infrastructure, and an established existing cluster strengthened by a robust supply chain, the region is regarded as a strong centre for advanced manufacturers.

The Staffordshire Manufacturing 2020 conference, organised by the Staffordshire Manufacturers Forum, will celebrate the strength of the county's manufacturing industry.

Experts will showcase a number of world class businesses and the crucial role that they play in the creation of jobs, wealth, and a healthy economy.

As well as this, the event will look forward to focus on where the county's manufacturing firms will be in six years'time, in 2020.

Tom Nadin, sector co-ordinator at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, said: "Staffordshire has a particularly strong manufacturing sector.

"It is important to look ahead and plan for sustainable success.

"The conference will allow speakers from industry leaders to discuss where they see their business heading, future challenges, and opportunities to grow."

He added: "Around 39,000 people in the region are employed in advanced manufacturing.

"The event provides an opportunity for manufacturers to hear about new funding opportunities to develop their workforce skills and to boost business growth and profitability.

"With an emphasis on the future for Staffordshire manufacturing, the conference will give an insight into what the sector can expect in upcoming years."

Held at Stoke City Football Club's home the Britannia Stadium, at Trentham lakes, from 8.30am-12.30pm, Staffordshire Manufacturing 2020 will create the opportunity for advanced manufacturing and its strengths to be considered from the Government's perspective.

Chris Carr, the Deputy Director from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skill's Advanced Manufacturing and Services Directorate, will outline the Government's position on manufacturing, as well as discussing the importance of the industry and its future direction.

To register for this event, please visit www.nscci.co.uk/events

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