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This year’s National Manufacturing conference will provide a platform for delegates to:

  • Hear from inspirational speakers and share best practice.
  • Challenge political decision-makers to create a business environment that helps manufacturers to grow and offers solutions for the current economic climate.
  • Join interactive breakout sessions focusing on tech, talent and trade.


The conference begins with a series of keynote speakers, followed by breakout sessions on: tech, talent and trade. The conference will conclude with the manufacturing dinner also taking place at the QEII centre.

Speakers confirmed are: 

Stephen Phipson CBE, Make UK CEO Alastair Campbell, Writer, Strategist and Campaigner

Rt Hon Rory Stewart, OBE

Rt Hon Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

Nusrat Ghani MP, Minister of State for Industry and Investment Security

Victoria Austin, Co-Founder and CEO, Global Disability Innovation Hub CIC (Community Interest Company)

Compere - Steph McGovern, Award-winning Journalist and Broadcaster

View more information about our speakers.

Manufacturing Dinner

Guest Speaker – Beth Rigby, Political Editor

Compere – Declan Curry, Business Journalist

Breakout Sessions 

This year’s breakout sessions are:

Tech – Digitalise to Decarbonise 

Talent - Recruiting outside the box

Trade – Operating without borders: Changing landscape of global supply chains

UK Steel: National resilience and steel supply chains

Make UK Defence: How to succeed in Defence


At the conference we also have a number of exhibitors showcasing their products and services. Find out more about the exhibitors.