A Celebration of manufacturing

Manufacturing bosses are being asked to help shape the future success of the sector at a major event in the region.

The BQ Chief Executive Manufacturing Summit, on Wed 4th December 2013 at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, in Gateshead, is part of a series of events organised by BQ taking place across the UK.

It will seek to map out the future strategy of manufacturing while providing an environment in which business leaders can come together to debate and influence key decisions in relation to issues.

The event aims to set out how businesses in the region can maintain a competitive edge and maximise their growth potential, and will cover a range of topics including infrastructure, skills, innovation and supply chain funding.

The event will also celebrate regional successes to date, marking the significant and important contribution being made by the sector to the regional economy.

It will also provide business leaders, entrepreneurs and owner managers with an open and opportunistic environment in which to do business while sharing experiences, best practice and business intelligence.

As part of these celebrations the summit will showcase the North East’s world class manufacturing capability, displaying a range of manufactured goods from across the region.

Bryan Hoare, director of Room501 Publishing, said: “The manufacturing sector has long been synonymous in the North East as a major driver of regional economic growth. From the early days of shipbuilding on the Tyne and the Wear to the petrochemical and steel industries of Teesside, manufacturing has made a significant contribution to the region.

“At this critical time we must maintain the momentum and ensure that the sector is fully supported going forward to embrace opportunity and extend trading momentum. We want our manufacturing summit to not only pave the way for positive change in the sector but to also act as a celebration of manufacturing excellence demonstrating the breadth of innovation and expertise that we have available.”

The event schedule has been shaped by a panel of ambassadors representing the manufacturing sector from across the region and who are also taking part in a series of summit debates in front of the invited audience. The evening culminates in a summit dinner during which a keynote guest speaker will also address the audience.

Output from the event will be collated by BQ and published in a special Executive Summit Manufacturing Report which will be made available both regionally and nationally to the sector and its stakeholders. The report will also contribute to a national manufacturing perspective as similar Summits are held across the UK.

The event is being sponsored by Newcastle College and Intraining with other sponsors including Santander, Ward Hadaway, Teesside University and Duco.

Robin Ghurbhurun, deputy principal of Newcastle College, said: “Newcastle College and Intraining are delighted to be principle sponsor of the BQ Manufacturing Summit. As divisions of NCG, the UK's largest provider of education, training and skills, we work with hundreds of businesses every year to help them grow and develop their existing workforce. Manufacturing in the region has continued to be a huge area of growth and to stay at the forefront we require specialist skills, underpinned by high quality education and training. Newcastle College and Intraining are uniquely positioned to work closely with employers to address these issues and play a lead and expert role in driving forward the manufacturing productivity and skills agenda.”

Further information about the event can be found at https://www.bqmanufacturingsummit.co.uk where delegate tickets can also be purchased.