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The Industrial Communities Alliance and Make UK invite you to participate in a free conference about how local economic players can support manufacturers to thrive.  

3 million people work in the UK's manufacturing industries.  Millions more work in the supply chain and auxiliary businesses.  It is a crucial moment for the sector, with a number opportunities and challenges on the horizon.  

What support does manufacturing really need? invites manufacturers of all sizes and from all sectors to set out what support they need from local players to grow and drive up productivity.  And for practitioners - from local and national government, regional bodies and other stakeholders - the conference will equip you with ideas on how to support the manufacturing base in your area.  

Local players are confronting a number of policy questions not least related to Local Industrial Strategies in England, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Stronger Towns Fund.  It will be essential that the voice of UK manufacturers is at the centre of deliberations, to maximise the effectiveness of policy and interventions aimed at strengthening local economies.  

Guests from all sectors and all parts of the United Kingdom are warmly invited to attend.  

Speakers confirmed so far include:

  • Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Phillip Cox, Chief Executive of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership

  • June Smith, Regional Director North of Make UK

  • Jude Brimble, National Secretary for Manufacturing, GMB

  • Dr Laura Cohen MBE, Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation

  • Dr James Hughes, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

  • Steve Park, Managing Director of Warrington and Co

  • Industrial Communities Alliance

  • Aerospace Wales Forum

  • Other speakers TBC

Welcome refreshments and lunch will be provided.  

Attendance is FREE. 

Click here to register your place

For all guest, press and other inquiries, please contact the Industrial Communities Alliance by emailing phil@ccc-alliance.org.uk or telephoning 01226200768.

Visit www.industrialcommunitiesalliance.org.uk and www.makeuk.org for more information about the organisers.

Time, DATE AND VENUE

Time:  10:00 - 16:00

Date:  Thursday 26 September 2019

Venue:  Warrington Conference Centre, The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Mike Gregory Way, Warrington, WA2 7NE (website). The venue is fully accessible with lifts to the main room and disabled facilities.

DIRECTIONS AnD traVel

Parking is available on-site.  

From the M26

Exit at Junction 9 of the M62 and head South towards Warrington along the A49.

After 1.5 miles, continue straight on throughthe lights, passing McDonalds on your right. Take the next right at Polar Ford onto Owen Street. At the T Junction turn left onto Dallam Lane. Entry to the car park is on your right after 200 yards

From the M6

Leave the M6 at Junction 22 and head South towards Warrington along the A49.

After 2 miles, continue straight on through the lights, passing McDonalds on your right. Take the next right at Polar Ford onto Owen Street. At the T Junction turn left onto Dallam Lane. Entry to the car park is on your right after 200 yards

By rail

Warrington Bank Quay Station – 5 Minute Taxi Ride

Warrington Central Station – 2 Minute Walk