Westminster Business Forum

Key issues for UK high value manufacturing - innovation and investment, skills and partnerships, and the future for international trade

Morning, Thursday, 12th December 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



Policymakers and key stakeholders will assess progress and discuss next steps for industrial strategy sector deals - as well as what can be learnt from developments in innovation and concerns surrounding future growth in the sector post-Brexit.


Speakers


Keynote contributions from:


  • Clare Porter, Head of Manufacturing, BEIS;
  • Brian Holliday, Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory;
  • Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive Officer, Make UK; and
  • Dr Eoin O’Sullivan, Director, Centre for Science Technology and Innovation Policy, University of Cambridge.

Further speakers from: BAE Systems; Cranfield University; High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Materials Processing Institute.


Policy officials attending


Westminster Business Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have already reserved places representing: BEIS; DIT (including the Investment Services Team); HSE and the Welsh Government.


The impact of sector deals on manufacturing


With Industrial Strategy Sector Deals announced for the Aerospace, AI and Automotive industries - alongside others in Life Sciences, the Creative Industries and Construction - delegates will assess what can be learnt from the impact on the sectors so far.


They will also discuss what more is needed in the design and implementation of deals to underpin success in boosting productivity, employment, innovation and skills.


Managing uncertainty


The conference takes place at a critical time for the future of the UK’s relationship with trading partners.


Delegates will consider priorities for government and the high value manufacturing industry in working together to mitigate the impact of uncertainties around Brexit on sector confidence and decision-making, and on supply chains and prospects for international trade. 


The discussion will be informed by the Inside the black box of manufacturing report commissioned by BEIS from Cambridge University, which found the UK manufacturing sector to be much larger than official figures suggest with a greater proportion of UK exports than previously understood being vulnerable to EU tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 


The co-author of the report, Dr Eoin O’Sullivan, is a speaker at the seminar.


Investment, innovation and Industry 4.0


The seminar will also be an opportunity to discuss the progress and what further investment is needed to ensure the next generation of manufacturing businesses can harness the potential of Industry 4.0.


Delegates will discuss what can be learnt from how companies are introducing smarter and more efficient ways of working as well as pushing down production costs through the use of AI and new technologies including 3D printing.


Sustainability


With environmental stewardship - including ambitious emissions targets backed by legislation - rapidly growing as a cross-government policy priority, delegates will also discuss best practice in embedding resource efficiency throughout manufacturing processes practices - and how it is affecting relationships with investors, regulators, customers and communities.



Keynote Speakers

Clare Porter

Head of Manufacturing, BEIS

Brian Holliday

Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory

Dr Eoin O’Sullivan

Director, Centre for Science Technology and Innovation Policy, University of Cambridge

Keynote Speakers

Clare Porter

Head of Manufacturing, BEIS

Brian Holliday

Managing Director, Siemens Digital Factory

Dr Eoin O’Sullivan

Director, Centre for Science Technology and Innovation Policy, University of Cambridge

Chair

Lord Dykes

Speakers

Stephen Phipson

Chief Executive Officer, Make UK

Alison Beard-Gunter

Continuous Improvement Manager, Accolade Wines

Chris Donkin

Partner, Savannah Group

Andy Schofield

Manufacturing & Materials Strategy and Technology Director, BAE Systems

Chris McDonald

Chief Executive Officer, Materials Processing Institute

Rosa Wilkinson

Communications Director, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

John Patsavellas

Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Management, Cranfield University