EEF: what a difference a year makes

EEF laments over 2015, and looks forward to a bright future and February 2016’s National Manufacturing Conference.

A year ago UK manufacturing was striding boldly out of recession showing strength across most key economic indicators.

Steph McGovern, BBC Business Journalist, will chair the conference
Steph McGovern, BBC business journalist, will chair the conference.

Since then, as we look ahead to the next National Manufacturing Conference in London early next year, the sector has been in a very different place.

But as the sector grapples with issues ranging from concerns about emerging markets, sluggish demand in Europe and the impact of the plummet in the oil price on manufacturing supply chains, it’s clear that innovation and the drive to succeed still goes on.

Tackling productivity and winning globally are key to unlocking this success, which is why we’ve made this the theme of our 2016 National Manufacturing Conference.

We’ve lined up an impressive range of speakers and panellists to inspire and motivate business and political leaders alike.

And, as you would expect from the manufacturers’ organisation, we have heavy-weight speakers, such as Martin Wolf CBE, chief economics commentator at The Financial Times, and Business Secretary Sajid Javid, to spark the debate.

EEF National Manufacturing Debate 2016 LinkWith panel debates discussing the productivity puzzle, the UK’s future in the EU and unlocking the global trade challenge, next year’s conference, with headline sponsor Lombard, looks set to be one of the most engaging and informative yet.

And with interactive voting, networking opportunities, a trade exhibition and more, plus Baroness Karren Brady CBE bringing the day to a close – there’s plenty to sustain the existing passion of the manufacturing community, as well as, build on existing knowledge with new ideas and insight.