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Guest speakers from the two organisations will be outlining the interconnection between technology and data and their impact in the ‘productivity puzzle’, with SAGE UK unveiling eagerly awaited global research on how smart business leaders are enabling the future of discrete manufacturing through advances in their people, process and technology.

The First Friday Club Editors’ Briefing special will be held for the first time at the world famous ‘Gherkin’ in the City of London, four days ahead of the MAKE UK National Manufacturing Conference which commences on 25th February at the QEll Centre in London.

We regularly attend First Friday Club Editors’ Briefings as they offer a perfect platform to reach a combined readership that covers much of the UK’s industrial sector on a single day in a single location. This is a great opportunity for us to bring attention to not only the productivity puzzle but also the wide range of subjects we’ll be covering at the conference”. The National Manufacturing Conference provides the perfect opportunity for delegates to learn new processes and practices that businesses can implement now to help navigate the highly changeable and evolutionary manufacturing environment.
Tim Figures Make UK, Director, Technology, Sustainability & Innovation
Sage will be launching a new industry report that identifies the challenges and opportunities in discrete manufacturing, from economic and market uncertainty to changing customer expectations around technology and a fast- moving green agenda; all are putting pressure on businesses to hone their supply chains and explore more sustainable and digital business models.
As we look at what the future holds for the discrete manufacturing industry, it is evident that our world is facing unprecedented climate change issues – making the need to respond quickly across industries, vital. Almost every manufacturer faces some level of transformation to adopt to the circular economy, and while this change can be challenging, the rewards are second to none – for the balance sheet, improving brand image and more importantly, for our environment as a whole
Rob Sinfield Sage, VP Product

The First Friday editors’ briefings have been running since 1996 to provide commercial organisations with access to the most influential media from across the industrial and manufacturing spectrum. 

The press briefings are a winning formula for any organisation that wishes to brief multiple media outlets in one location on one day. The journalists regularly hear from industrial businesses of all shapes and sizes and this year we are extending the opportunity through our standalone, bespoke briefings which are designed to allow a deeper dive into specific topics and press launches.
Neil Fullbrook First Friday Club, Director of Editor Relations
More about the First Friday Club Editors’ Briefings can be found on their website: