National Manufacturing Conference

December 17, 2018

National Manufacturing Conference – Learn from the best in the business, fill your skills gap.
Thursday, 17 January 2019, 09:30 – 16:00
Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology, 19 Estate Rd, Bridgnorth, WV15 5HR
Barclays are delighted to invite you to the National Manufacturing Conference on Thursday, 17 January at the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
Hosted by Industry Head of Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics, Helena Sans, in addition to the Barclays Corporate Industry and Marches Centre teams, they will be joined by a range of speakers to cover different aspects of the skills gap from best practices, and ideas and insights into solutions.
RSVP now to reserve your space.
David Bell, Chair of Governors, JCB, and Governor of the JCB Academy
Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive Officer, EEF – Sector organisation
Matt Snelson, MD, Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology – Centre of excellence and apprenticeships
Paul Jackson, Non Executive Director and Writer, Jasia Education Ltd – Talent 2050 Sector research
Lorraine Marks, Acting Head of KTP, Queen’s University Belfast – UK-leading creator of sector specialists
Nick Garthwaite MD, Christeyns – SME champion of building a skilled workforce
Panel discussion:
Moderator: Ray O’Donoghue, Head of Midlands Corporate Banking, Barclays – Banking and Finance
Anthea McIntyre, MEP – Government
Alan Lust, Systems adi Group – Large Corporate champion of building a skilled workforce
More speakers to be confirmed.
09:30 Arrival, registration and refreshments
10:00 Conference sessions commence
12:00 Lunch and factory floor tour
14:00 Conference sessions re-commence
16:00 Close

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

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