The industry-led productivity and competitiveness improvement programme, Sharing in Growth, has now helped UK aerospace suppliers win orders worth more than £3.4bn - almost a third of which was achieved in 2018.
It's almost impossible to summarise the key takeaways from 94 top-tier contributors across more than 70 keynotes, panel discussions and interactive sessions in just 800 words. Here's just a snapshot of my own highlights from the two days.
The UK’s largest automotive manufacturer has announced that it is cutting around 4,500 jobs – the majority coming from its 44,000-strong UK workforce, with back office rather than production roles hit hardest.
A global slowdown, rising protectionism and the ever-present spectre of Brexit has seen businesses express a more pessimistic outlook for growth prospects in the coming year, with EEF warning that a ‘no deal’ is not an option.
Digital connectivity offers unprecedented opportunities, but the government must take urgent action to ensure UK businesses can access the connectivity they need to thrive in today’s digital-driven economy.