During the course of the National Manufacturing Conference in February, the organisers EEF announced a change of name, a change of brand and a more sharply defined mission that will make them more attuned to the needs of the modern age of digital manufacturing. And thus the venerable 100 year-old organisation became Make UK.
It wasn’t the only item on the agenda at the packed conference. Brexit hung like a dark cloud over proceedings as delegates listened to speeches by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, while also debating pressing issues such as productivity, skills and finance.
Nick Peters discussed the re-brand with chief executive Stephen Phipson. Inevitably, given the times in which we live, they started talking about Brexit.