Sponsors & Partners


At RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking, we are committed to supporting growth of the UK manufacturing sector and to helping our customers successfully position their businesses to meet and excel in what are increasingly global, highly competitive, markets.

With manufacturing now representing half of UK exports, sustained investment in the sector is an essential part of achieving both medium and longer term growth, at the same time helping deliver a more balanced economy. We understand that it is a challenging time for UK Manufacturers which is why RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking continues to invest in making available a broad range of capabilities, some of which are bespoke to the sector. Through continued investment, we do see an opportunity for Manufacturing to emerge as a leading contributor to the UK economy, creating wealth and an increasing demand for a highly skilled and motivated workforce.

Our dedicated Sector Bankers and Relationship Directors work together to deliver the right combination of sector knowledge and genuine local relationship management. By taking advantage of our customer proposition, you will be able to concentrate on what matters most to you: looking after your customers, your company and your people.

To discuss how RBS Corporate & Institutional Banking can help your business please contact: Peter Russell, Head of Manufacturing, UK Sector Coverage, RBS at [email protected]


Papaya provides affordable and effective Business solutions through web/cloud based applications. By providing effective tools across the business for managing Induction, Assessment, Training and Reporting we can ensure up-to-date information is accessible by your staff wherever they are located.

Our unique offering allows for a flexible approach, selecting from a library of applications tailored to meet the needs of your business. Papaya can also support your Business with services such as Health Screening, Drug & Alcohol Testing and PPE/Workwear provision through our team of Consultants. With a quantifiable ROI, Papaya can deliver tangible benefits to your Business and make a real difference.

Tel - 01780 758560
Web - www.papayauk.com
Email - [email protected]


AlixPartners is a global firm of senior business and consulting professionals that specialises in helping companies improve their operational and financial performance. Much of our work is for European manufacturing companies, and we focus on complex and high impact challenges. What differentiates AlixPartners is the experience of our team (average of more than 18 years professional experience) in both line management positions and top-tier consulting firms. Our approach is rigorous yet pragmatic, and we are always willing to link our fees to results. AlixPartners is the right partner when the results really matter.

CEVA Logistics

At CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain management companies, we design and implement industry leading solutions for large and medium-size national and multinational companies. Approximately 51,000 employees are dedicated to delivering effective and robust supply chain solutions across a variety of sectors and we apply our operational expertise to provide best-in-class services across our integrated network, with a presence in over 170 countries.

CEVA is delighted to sponsor The Manufacturer Directors' Conference in 2012. We look forward to demonstrating how we provide supply chain solutions for some of the UK's leading manufacturers across the Automotive, Technology & Industrial, and Consumer & Retail sectors by offering bespoke, dedicated and shared-user warehousing, distribution and freight management services.

Across all of our 109 UK sites, we use our culture of Impeccable Execution and Operations Excellence to continually monitor performance metrics and ensure continuous improvement for our customers' operations.

For more information please visit www.cevalogistics.com


Predictability, sustainability and flexibility are core components of DHL's inbound to manufacturing supply chain operations. From your suppliers' gates through to the assembly line floor and beyond we make sure you have the right materials, at the right place and time to keep your production line moving.

Experience working hand-in-hand with leading automotive and technology companies has led DHL to develop a blueprint for manufacturing logistics best practice. Learnings and knowledge are equally applicable to alternative industries, transforming their operations by increasing efficiency and certainty whilst minimising waste.

Our approach to designing a supply chain is to listen. Only by taking the time to understand your business issues, current operations and future strategy are we able to work together to determine the best solution. Global reach and sophisticated I.T systems underpinned by operations excellence has led to DHL developing a reputation as the logistics provider of choice for manufacturer's worldwide.


Epicor Software Corporation (recently combined with Activant Solutions Inc.) is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With nearly 40 years of combined experience serving midmarket organisations and divisions of Global 1000 companies, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries.

Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), point of sale (POS), supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor inspires customers to build lasting competitive advantage. Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global businesses demand.

The Company's headquarters are located in California, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit www.epicor.com


The EPSRC Centre seeks to coordinate and provide the research capability for the creation of high value engineering systems based on design and manufacturing for through-life engineering services. We aim to improve the availability, predictability and reliability of such products to deliver the lowest possible whole life cycle. Our vision is to provide thought leadership in through-life engineering services and be the first choice for UK manufacturing companies for technological solutions, research and development capability, knowledge, skill and advice. We value creativity, integrity, inclusiveness, community building, flexibility, innovation and dealing with real life complexity.

The EPSRC Centre is hosted by Cranfield and Durham Universities. The core partners are Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Bombardier Transportation and MoD. There are twelve other founding industry partners in the centre. As a National Centre we welcome new partners across all high value manufacturing sectors.

Andy Shaw, National Centre Manager
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 07711 706 287

Hays Recruitment

Hays is the UK's leading specialist recruitment group, helping professionals into permanent, temporary and interim jobs. With a team solely focused on recruiting for manufacturing vacancies, our expert consultants appreciate the skills and experience needed to succeed within the profession.

We work with many of the UK's leading organisations helping them to recruit the best manufacturing talent in the market. Our consultants are specialists in the industry, which enables them to build up vast knowledge of the recruitment market in your local area and a deep understanding of the specific manufacturing skills and technical knowledge needed to succeed.

For more information, please visit: www.hays.co.uk/manufacturing


IBM is a company of more than 430,000 employees, doing business in nearly 170 countries. We manage a supply chain of more than 20,000 suppliers.

We engage a vast network of stakeholders, from clients, to employees, to business partners, to investors. And the work we do impacts not only individual companies' business success, but the efficiency and innovation of countries, cities, governments, communities and our planet's critical infrastructure.

At IBM, our approach to sustainability is twofold: we are working to make our existing products and processes more efficient for both the environment and for business, while also developing new innovations that can help the world become smarter, drive economic and operational improvements, increase accountability and lessen environmental impact.


Infor is a leading provider of business software and services, helping more than 70,000 customers in 164 countries improve operations and drive growth.

Our customers include:

  • 8 of the top 10 aerospace companies
  • 9 of the top 10 high tech companies
  • 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 80 of the top 100 automotive suppliers
  • 19 of the top 35 retailers
  • Over 1,100 state and local government agencies
  • Over 3,000 financial services companies
  • Over 7,000 machinery manufacturers

For additional information about Infor, please visit www.infor.co.uk


Inoapps is a leading Oracle Partner specialising in the design, delivery and support of solutions for the manufacturing industry.

Delivering solutions based upon world leading Oracle E-Business Suite, Inoapps are a single solution provider with the full breadth of services to consult, implement, enhance and support Oracle ERP solutions.

We have a very clear focus on delivering business aligned, cost effective solutions with rapid results. We are one of only a few UK Partners accredited to deploy Oracle Business Accelerators; powerful, easy to use rapid implementation solutions which make configuration of Oracle E-Business Suite straightforward, rapid and predictable.

Inoapps has a proven track record in delivering innovative, rapid solutions to the manufacturing industry. Working in partnership with our customers we drive efficiency, reduce expenditure and increase agility with Oracle world leading ERP solutions.


Founded in 2000 by entrepreneur John Morris, JAM Recruitment has grown from a start-up to generating £15m+ of revenues and has a client base which includes some of the best known engineering and manufacturing companies.

Its on-going success can be attributed to an expertise-led consultative approach and its strategy of targeting growth areas in the UK economy - where there are often acute skills shortages.

Having built up such a reputation for manufacturing recruitment, they are now the official recruitment partner of the Manufacturers' Organisation (EEF). The business has recently developed new specialisms in sourcing global mobility and immigration consultants in response to the demand for professionals with expertise in the movement of global talent.


Kingston Smith works with many clients in the manufacturing, transport and logistic sectors, helping them develop and grow their business. Our dedicated team has many years' experience between them in supporting SMEs, which has helped us to develop a deep understanding of the issues manufacturers face. This experience enables us to offer practical, realistic and commercial advice to help our clients succeed. Our services to the sector include day to day financial support and guidance; supply chain and risk management advice; HR support, as well as audit and tax planning.

For more information about Kingston Smith's bespoke services to the Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics sector or to find out how we can help your business, please visit www.kingstonsmith.co.uk/manufacturing


MAS WORKS for manufacturers. MAS provides a national service delivered locally by experienced advisors, who will help your business grow. A MAS advisor can work with you at a strategic level to create business and product strategies. They can help you develop a culture of innovation, generating new product ideas and market opportunities. MAS will work with you in reducing waste and maximising profitability in your own business and in your supply chains. If you're a small or medium sized manufacturer in England, many of our services are free and supplemented by appropriate grant funding.


Newton is the leading operational and financial improvement specialist in Europe. Founded in 2001 by a group of highly qualified and experienced engineers, the company's objective is straightforward: to deliver performance improvement of 10% - 50% in any client's operations and supply chain without incurring capital expenditure.

From its roots in manufacturing, Newton applies its unique engineering based approach across a wide range of industry sectors, working in areas as diverse as aerospace, automotive, defence, food & drink and healthcare, from the factory floor to design offices and throughout the supply chain.

Newton has a substantial proven track record and has worked with many forward thinking organisations including Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, VT Group, Nissan, Kerry Foods, British Airways and the NHS. For more details on how Newton can benefit your organisation, please call us on: +44 (0)1865 920700 or visit www.newtoneurope.com


Oracle Applications ERP solutions provide organisations of all sizes, across all industries and regions with a global business foundation that reduces costs and increases productivity through a portfolio of rapid value solutions, integrated business processes and industry-focused solutions. For organisations working in the manufacturing arena our solutions are able to increase manufacturing throughput and efficiency, reduce capital expenditures and improve asset utilisation, minimise total landed costs and maximise efficiency and achieve flexible, responsive order fulfillment.

Oracle Business Accelerators for Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne are the ideal solution for mid-size organisations offering powerful, easy-to-use implementation solutions for new customers. Oracle's unique offerings are industry-specific for more than 20 industries (based on industry best-practice business flows), ensuring the initial configuration of Oracle E-Business Suite is simple, fast and predictable. Available from Oracle's approved partner channel or through Oracle Consulting, Oracle Business Accelerators allow companies the flexibility to select the accelerator offering that meets their specific business or market requirements.


For over 40 years, Pera Training has brought first-rate tailored learning solutions to all areas of the UK economy - including the engineering, manufacturing, service, financial and public sectors.

Last year alone Pera trained more than 5,500 learners in 350 client companies. Our diverse client list runs into the hundreds, and includes global brands such as BMW and Coca Cola Enterprises.

Pera is also a member of the partnerships delivering The Manufacturing Advisory Service and the recently launched GrowthAccelerator programme.



PMSI is a management consulting firm specialising in advanced analytics and insight creation for strategic programmes, market intelligence and M&A transactions. Having been founded over 20 years ago, PMSI continues to break new ground in analytic challenges, strategy design and sound transaction advice.

With extensive experience in manufacturing sectors, PMSI works across a variety of BI platforms, as well as providing support on integration, data management and KPI design. The team focus on strategic success as the ultimate output for clients, whether across pricing, product or a variety of performance improvement programmes. PMSI also supports a number of Private Equity and corporate clients on commercial due diligence for acquisition strategies.



The ERA Foundation promotes innovation in electrotechnology to strengthen the economic vitality of the UK. The Foundation -

  • Seeks to raise the profile of research and development in engineering
  • Supports young engineers at formative stages of their careers
  • Provides grants to support electrotechnology projects at the early stage of commercialisation
  • Invests in technology funds which make early-stage investments in young electrotechnology companies.


Toyota Material Handling is the world's leading name in materials handling solutions.

Toyota offers a single point of contact for all your materials handling need. From a single truck user to large fleet users, we have the products and services to be a strong business partner. Toyota offers unrivalled levels of support, consisting of world-class products, fleet management, short-term hire, operator training, genuine parts and unbeatable sales and service support.

Products include: counterbalance forklifts, pallet trucks, stackers, order pickers, tow tractors, and reach trucks.

Toyota customers benefit from global resources, national coverage and local support.

To find out more about Toyota Material Handling call 0870 850 1409 or visit www.toyota-forklifts.co.uk

Western Union Business Solutions

Western Union Business Solutions is a global leader in foreign exchange and a trusted payments provider to clients operating in international markets. Backed by a brand with a robust financial network spanning more than 200 countries and territories, and access to over 140 currencies, we empower our clients with simple, secure and reliable cross-border payment solutions.

Our distinguished service portfolio and deep industry expertise enables clients to operate across borders and currencies in fast, reliable and convenient ways. Through our account-to-account payment platform, international payment tools, currency risk management solutions, and financial service partnerships, we help clients in the manufacturing industry improve cash flow, manage currency risk and seize global market opportunities.


Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich) is an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Founded in 1872, the Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. It employs approximately 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries.

Zurich combines strong market positions in personal, commercial and corporate insurance on both sides of the Atlantic, in Asia and key emerging markets. Our customers benefit from the combination of our international expertise, global strength and detailed local knowledge.