Why we’re supporting Lancashire Manufacturing Week


In early June we’ll be helping to shine the spotlight on Lancashire’s manufacturing sector with two events to mark Lancashire Manufacturing Week.


Moore and Smalley is supporting these events along with the Manufacturing Advisory Service, EEF, Boost Business Lancashire, The Manufacturing Institute, HSBC and Freshfield.


As a firm with a long history of working in a region with a proud manufacturing tradition, we have always had a very close relationship with the sector. Having a specialist manufacturing team has helped us stay at the sharp end of the industry.


A recent survey we conducted with MHA, a UK-wide group of accountancy and business advisory firms, shows that 92 per cent of manufactures surveyed said they were proactively planning for long-term growth.


And with a manufacturing base roughly twice the size of the national average, the region is well placed to benefit as economic growth starts to get back to pre-recession levels.


The upturn presents huge opportunities and challenges for the sector and Lancashire Manufacturing Week, from June 2-6, has been designed to help manufacturers maximise growth opportunities by showcasing inspiring success stories, world-class business support services and funding options.


The events will explore issues such as the potential of 3D printing technology, the implications of re-shoring production to the UK, how processes can be improved and how manufacturers can develop a growth strategy to increase sales.


The first of two events will be held at the Blackburn-based headquarters of Precision Polymer Engineering, one of Lancashire’s biggest manufacturing success stories, on June 3.


The event includes a tour of PPE’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and an insight into its world class processes, while other speakers include representatives from the county’s business growth hub Boost Business Lancashire, HSBC and The Manufacturing Institute.


The second event takes place on June 5 at HSBC’s Preston-based business banking centre in Fulwood. Speakers at this event include experts from Moore and Smalley, EEF, MAS, UCLan and Freshfield.


This event will also hear from James Saunders, founder of Burnley-based 3D printing specialists FDM Digital Solutions, who will explore the opportunities the technology presents for the region’s manufacturers.


For more information, or to book a place on any of these events, please contact my colleague Julie Treverton at Moore and Smalley on 01524 62801 or visit the event pages www.mooreandsmalley.co.uk/events


Ginni Cooper is head of the manufacturing team at Moore and Smalley