Manufacturing set to be in the spotlight

Manufacturing is set to be in the spotlight at a series of events in the county
Manufacturing is set to be in the spotlight at a series of events in the county

The leaders of Lancashire’s manufacturing businesses are being encouraged to get involved in a week of free events aimed at growing the region’s manufacturing economy.

The fifth annual Lancashire Manufacturing Week takes place from March 5-9 and will see a series of masterclass events taking place on issues including product development, innovation, international trade, business growth and Brexit.

Lancashire Manufacturing Week is organised and led by accountancy and business advisory firm MHA Moore and Smalley, HSBC and UCLan.

Ginni Cooper, head of the manufacturing team at MHA Moore and Smalley, said: “Lancashire is home to some of the world’s most inspiring manufacturing businesses. This week is dedicated to shining a spotlight on them on and how they can continue being successful in these unpredictable times.

“The inspiration, advice and support on offer at these events will equip manufacturers with the information and knowledge they need to grow.” The first events take place at UCLan on March 5 and 6 with two product development workshops delivered by business and innovation experts.

On March 7, Burnley-based global manufacturing business VEKA Group hosts a panel of industry leaders and experts to discuss international trade issues.

On March 8, HSBC in Preston will host a session on ‘Growing your Manufacturing Business’. On March 9, the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce will host a session on ‘Brexit Preparation and International Trade’.

Speakers at the various events include, Anastassia Beliakova, head of trade policy at the British Chambers of Commerce; Peter Thompson, export manager at Evans Vanodine; Richard Halstead of manufacturers organisation EEF; John Boydell, chairman of Ampios; and Michael Gibson of Miralis.

For more information about Lancashire Manufacturing Week, or to reserve a place at any of the events, contact Danielle Hinks at MHA Moore and Smalley on 01772 821021 / Danielle.hinks@mooreandsmalley.co.uk