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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - #5

Posted on: Oct 7th

Earlier this week, patrons and the Made in the Midlands team met together at Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham for the Made in the Midlands Awards judging panel. We are delighted to reveal that the winner is… now being etched onto the awards.

Made in the Midlands are delighted that Bombardier and Norton Motorcycles will be supporting our East Midlands Exhibition which is now less than six weeks away.

Norton’s CEO, Stuart Garner explained: “Growing and developing the British supply chain is fundamental to Norton’s future success as a British manufacturer. To this end we are delighted to be working with Made in the Midlands and attending our local East Midlands manufacturing show with a view to engaging with more of our potential local suppliers.”

MAN members partner up to tap into £5m of opportunities

The Manufacturing Assembly Network is targeting over £5m of new contracts with the launch of a new cluster to tap into the demand from larger companies for strategic outsourcing.

“Every year we set out a 12-month strategy for growing the MAN Group and this time we decided to focus on splitting into clusters to target specific customer groups,” explained John Rowley, managing director of electronics manufacturing specialist SMT Developments.

“The first cluster that immediately leapt out was providing outsourcing solutions to OEMs, something we were doing individually and occasionally together. There is definitely a trend towards the more progressive firms looking to recognise non-core activities within their business and identify supply chain partners that have greater expertise.”

Exact Systems with a great MIM offering and coffee morning review

Exact Systems are keen to utilise the Made in the Midlands network we are now officially a part of, and are keen to offer our services to all member companies with an additional incentive. As such, they are offering up to a 15% reduction in costs for all MIM members that utilise our services throughout the remainder of 2016.

Furthermore, business development manager Stewart Messenger recently attended Frank Dudley Ltd’s coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Research. He explained: “Excellent breakfast meeting at Frank Dudley’s Friday 30th Sept,  met with some real industry shapers and all in a great cause (Macmillan Cancer Research) I believe the running total raised on the day was over £3000 from Raffles and cake sales.”

Patrons FBCMB make MIM TV debut and feature in Legal 500

FBCMB’s Neil Lloyd made an appearance on Made In The Midlands TV this week. Neil joined Charles Addison to discuss the UK’s BREXIT vote and various other topics regarding manufacturing.

Additionally, more than 25 solicitors at FBC Manby Bowdler have been recognised in the latest edition of a guide to the nation’s top solicitors.  Three partners in FBC Manby Bowdler - James Sage, Steven Corfield and Guy Birkett - have again been placed on the ‘elite’ list of this year’s Legal 500 guide to outstanding lawyers and law firms in the UK.

Hayley Group sell 50% stake to Descours and Cabaud

Descours & Cabaud have achieved a historic milestone in its international expansion strategy by acquiring a 50% stake in Hayley Group Limited in the United Kingdom.

“For 40 years, we have fostered a culture of excellence, product expertise and a very high sense of customer service,” declares Lee Willitts, Joint-Founder and Managing Director of Hayley Group.

With 40 branches covering the whole country from Poole to Inverness, Hayley generated in 2016 a turnover of £114 million pounds sterling (€135 million) with circa 600 employees.

WMG announce new innovation network and project

WMG announced that The Polymer Innovation Network (PIN) is back on 12th October. PIN is a unique networking event for the plastics industry based at the University’s International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (IIPSI), with over 100 active members.

They also revealed the launch of its Product Innovation Accelerator project, funded through the European Regional Development Fund, to help manufacturing SMEs in the Black Country and Coventry & Warwickshire areas.

To register your interest in obtaining support through this new project, please send an email to or call 024 7657 4279.

Threeway Pressings on MIM TV and review of their success

Threeway Pressings Managing Director, Phil Stanley was interviewed on MIM TV to discuss the various functions and capabilities of Threeway’s portfolio of brands. Stanley also delivered his views on Brexit.  Threeway also have TISA Injection Mouldings Ltd, BENBO Bullbarrow, Brilliant Garden Products, Spyrabase and Paterson Photographic.

Stanley recently posted on the Made in the Midlands website, stating: “The Brexit vote has come and gone and a decision was made but whatever the economic outlook, short or long term, we believe that we need to have confidence in our abilities, as a manufacturing nation, to make high quality products and still remain competitive in the global marketplace.”

Additional Made in the Midlands news

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence welcomed over 150 metrology and manufacturing industry professionals to Wetzlar last week for its latest HxGN LOCAL event.

In the Wednesday keynote, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence President and CEO Norbert Hanke looked at the untapped potential of data and explained why ‘manufacturing intelligence’ will play such an important role in implementing Industry 4.0 principles.

Additionally, The Careers & Enterprise Company has invested £240,000 through their Investment Fund to support young people across the Black Country to develop their careers in key transformational sectors including Advanced Manufacturing, Building Technologies, Transport Technologies, Environmental Technologies and Business Services.

Led by the Black Country LEP, the Passport to Employment programme will connect year 9 pupils and teachers with employers from these key sectors through a variety of activities and events held at both the school and the employers.

The Zaun Group has secured an industry champion from a market leader to spearhead selling its integrated portfolio and turnkey solutions. As Steve Bailes has joined Zaun as integrated business development manager from a similar role for the past seven years with Gallagher Security Europe Ltd.

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