Breakfast event will discuss how manufacturing can make Swindon’s economy grow again

February 4, 2014

Swindon’s role as an advanced engineering hub will be under the spotlight again this week when accountants Monahans stage their second Manufacturing Breakfast in the town.

The inaugural event last October was attended by leading figures in the area’s engineering and manufacturing sectors. The speakers pointed to the town’s bright future as a centre if it could build on its proud engineering heritage for the modern age, particularly by developing the skills of its young people.

This Thursday’s breakfast, which again takes place at the town’s STEAM museum, will hear from Graham Dean, operations director of innovative furniture designers and manufacturer Herman Miller and sector lead for advanced engineering and manufacturing on Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

He will explain what the LEP is and the key role it is playing in developing the economy, especially in manufacturing.

Also speaking will be Clive Turner, stakeholder relations manager at the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), which works with manufacturing firms of all sizes to boost their competitiveness.

He will look at how manufacturers can easily access the support and funding available through MAS.

The free event starts at 7:30am for 8am and finishes at 9am

Monahans, which also has offices in Bath, Chippenham, Glastonbury and Trowbridge, works with a large number of manufacturing clients and recognises the huge importance of manufacturing to the UK economy. It is also a partner in Swindon’s University Technical College (UTC), which opens this September and aims to equip young people with the skills needed for the town’s manufacturing and engineering companies.

For further information contact Clare Way on 01793 818300.

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