The Manufacturers Alliance conference inspires the cogs of industry to keep on turning

The Manufacturers Alliance celebrated its annual conference at the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday 9th May. This conference has been the biggest to date with over 100 attendees, including a diverse range of speakers sharing best practice.

Created specifically for the manufacturing industry, the Alliance is a peer group of senior manufacturing leaders who meet on a monthly basis to share ideas and solve their most challenging business issues. Its members are experienced managing directors and senior decision makers so each peer group boasts a wealth of expertise and knowledge.

Manufacturing leaders inspired attendees by sharing insights into what has worked for them. Themes included Powering Change in Manufacturing, Digital Transformation and Inspiring Leadership.

Gary Knight, managing director at Wheatley Plastics, said: “It’s great to interact with other group members and see their journeys in business but more importantly, it’s so beneficial to have access to the tools and techniques of business growth and leadership and how I can apply that to the day to day running of my business.”

Manufacturing support organisations such as Make UK shared how they have engaged with and supported the development of local SME manufacturing businesses in the current economic and political climate.

David Searle, chairman of South Manchester & Cheshire Groups, said: “It was a great day and inspiring to see over 100 manufacturing leaders from SME businesses in the same room together all with a desire to learn and improve. It bodes well for the future of British manufacturing.”

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