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Made in the Midlands weekly round up - 18/11/16

Posted on: Nov 18th

Made in the Midlands second annual East Midlands Exhibition attracted over 600 representatives of the Midlands manufacturing sector to the iPro Stadium, Derby.

The Chairman of the Conservative Party and MP for Derbyshire Dales, Sir Patrick McLoughlin opened the show with an impassioned speech about the importance of manufacturers working together in a post-Brexit Britain.

Sir Patrick McLoughlin explained: “Promoting what is going on in the East Midlands, promoting what is going on in other parts of the country is very important indeed. Which is why I was delighted when I was invited to come along and be here to see some of the work that is going on in the East Midlands.”

British motorcycle marque, Norton Motorcycles exhibited their high quality motorcycles, including their pristine Norton Dominator SS and CEO, Stuart Garner delivered a fantastic speech about their business ethos. Bombardier Rail delivered an expert analysis into the landscape of the rail industry.

Made in the Midlands Managing Director, Jason Pitt said: “The East Midlands exhibition has quickly become one of the most important dates in the East Midlands manufacturing calendar. It has been fantastic to see so much passion, enthusiasm and drive amongst the local manufacturing community.  

Grenville discuss investment and Eng Tech Group receive testimonial

Grenville Engineering the leading Complete Fabrication Solution provider has invested £500,000 in the latest fiber laser technology.

The Bystronic BySprint 3015 fiber laser supports the company’s ongoing commitment to invest in new technology and provide an enhanced service offering for its customers.

Joint Managing Director, Tony Fryer said: ”A major investment of £500,000 has been made by Grenville Engineering to enhance its position in an increasingly competitive market of sheet metal fabrications.

The latest Fiber Laser Cutting machine recently installed will boost productivity to meet the demands of a current loyal and growing customer base, ensuring competitiveness along with sustained quality and service.

Also, One of the UK’s largest users of Engineering Technology Group’s ‘Hardinge XR 1000 VMC’s’ is Midlands based specialist sub-contractor Whiteley Brooks Engineering who maintain a fondness for VMC format machines and the Hardinge/Bridgeport XR machines in particular.

A spokesman for the company says; “Verticals have always been best suited to our type of work and the fact that Hardinge machines are upwardly compatible means that even a programme written a few years ago for an older machine is still compatible with the latest machines.

“We have opted for the newer generation of XR machines because of the high standard specification of the machines and the value they offer and they have quickly become an integral part of our operations.”

adi Group and I M Kelly Automotive promote charity work

Staff at Midlands-based engineering solutions business, adi Group, will once again be coming together and joining Midlands businesses and individuals from across the community in support of St Basils Big Sleep Out.

The Big Sleep Out has been raising awareness of youth homelessness in the city since 1990 – encouraging fundraisers to swap a Friday night in for cold cardboard shelters for one night a year.

Alan Lusty, chief executive at adi Group, said: “St Basils is a fantastic charity, and one particularly close to our hearts, as they have facilities located very near to our headquarters aiding disadvantaged young people and families in our area. “Last year we almost doubled our target, and this year we hope to raise as much as possible to support this incredibly important organisation.”

Alternatively, new members IM Kelly Automotive have entered the Velo Birmingham Business 100 miles cycle event on 24th September 2017. They have a team of 4 enthusiastic cyclists who are all knocking on the door of 50 years of age, and all of them are in need of severe training.

Services for manufacturers

If you are a Midlands based manufacturer, funding is available for strengthening your cyber security. Unipart Security are helping SME’s strengthen their infrastructure, policy and technology to stay ahead of the challenges faced by growing cyber crime. Manufacturers are traditionally vulnerable to cyber-crime and often think they are too small to be of interest to cyber criminals. Get in touch here

Additionally, New report finds graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme are boosting UK employment growth.

Businesses that complete the programme are three times more likely to create jobs than other UK small businesses.

Participants found to have increased training opportunities for staff and felt more confident about managing their growth.

The Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) and Aston Business School have provided evaluation expertise to support a report into the impact of leadership and management education on the growth of SMEs here:

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