Vince Cable set to host Manufacturing Summit

Posted on 22 Feb 2012

The Government will join top manufacturers tomorrow to celebrate the best of British manufacturing and explore ways the sector can support growth for the UK economy.

The Manufacturing Summit will be hosted by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Business Minister Mark Prisk with a range of other ministers in attendance.

The event will bring together Government and industry leaders to discuss and debate progress in manufacturing policy, and the next challenges and steps for industries in the manufacturing sector.

Held at Bristol and Bath Science Park, the summit will include a series of interactive break out sessions chaired by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills minsters that will share and explore steps the government is taking to identify short and long term growth opportunities for manufacturing.

Sessions include:

  • Promoting manufacturing
  • Commercialisation of technology
  • Apprenticeships
  • University Technology Colleges: opportunities for manufacturers
  • Access to Finance
  • Exports

A showcase demonstrating the best of local high technology manufacturing, organised by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, will also run throughout the one day summit.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Manufacturing has a pivotal role to play in rebalancing the economy, as a confident and healthy manufacturing sector is at the heart of the future growth for UK PLC.

“Our Manufacturing Summit creates the perfect platform for us to further strengthen our relationship with industry, and, more importantly, hear what its leaders have to say,” Dr Cable added.

Business Minister Mark Prisk commented: “Worth approximately £130bn a year and employing 2.5 million people, the manufacturing sector makes a significant contribution to the UK’s economy.”

“We are hosting the Manufacturing Summit not only celebrate the importance of the sector, but also share and discuss the action Government is taking now to support businesses – from the £2.4 billion Regional Growth Fund and new Manufacturing Advisory Service to tackling outdated perceptions of the sector with our Make it in Great Britain campaign,” said Mr Prisk.

Follow the events on the day with @themanufacturer on twitter.