Westminster Business Forum

Supporting 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.


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 discuss what impact this has had on the sectors so far and what more needs to be done to boost productivity, employment, innovation and skills.


With the conference taking place at a critical time for the future of the UK’s relationship with trading partners, delegates will also consider how government and the high value manufacturing industry can work 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.


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.


With environmental stewardship - backed by ambitious emissions targets - 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

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