East Midlands Manufacturing and Trade Conference

Host: East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicester)

Cost: Free


East Midlands Manufacturing and Trade Conference

Tuesday, 26th March 2024 at 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough, LE11 3QF
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Through a range of keynote speakers, workshops and panel discussions the 2024 Conference will focus on the evolution of the Chamber’s “A Centre of Trading Excellence – A Business Manifesto for Growth in the East Midlands and Beyond”.

Unpicking the four “I’s” of Investment, Innovation, Infrastructure and International Trade we will explore the current economic and political environment, the opportunities and challenges for the sector and how we draw on the amazing regional assets that will impact regional growth and prosperity.

In a year of major economic and political change it is essential we understand where we can enact change, ensuring we protect our industrial heritage and drive growth and competitiveness in the right way in the East Midlands.


A full agenda will be announced in due course, detail to date:

  • Sector overview: Make UK – Chris Corkan, Region Director – Midlands & East of England & Affiliates Partner Programme, Make UK
  • Briefing on latest Innovation in UK Manufacturing – Steve Morris MBA, Sales & Commercial Director, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

The latest innovations within UK Manufacturing focussing on Innovation in Product Design & Build including sustainability and circularity. This will include a focus on supply chains including links to international trading and the shortening of supply chains through re-shoring & onshoring through the application of new technology, including Lasering, 3D Printing and Braiding and how these are positively impacting UK Manufacturing businesses of all sizes and shapes, not just in the UK but also in the East Midlands Region.

  • Inward Investment: East Midlands Freeport – the role of the Freeport in supporting increased inward investment, creating supply chain opportunities
  • International Trade: East Midlands Airport – East Midlands Airport (EMA) is home to the UK’s largest dedicated air cargo operation, making it the country’s most important airport for express freight. Handling over 440,000 tonnes of goods each year, EMA is a hub for DHL, UPS, FedEx and Royal Mail. Being only a four-hour truck drive to 90% of the population of England and Wales, EMA is perfectly positioned to ensure goods flown in and out of the country are with customers who need them most urgently – we will hear how we can draw on this regional asset.

Much more to be confirmed, including a range of workshops for delegates to choose from.

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