MADE in Britain workshops highlight the community spirit of the British manufacturing industry and four events in the spring brought together members to share stories, ideas and advice.
The 2018 series kicked off at Axion in Manchester, a pioneering recycling business. The theme of the day was “Delivering the Circular Economy”. Members heard about how British manufacturing is at the very forefront of solving the toughest environmental and resource issues.
Iconic British brand and pioneering member of Made in Britain, Vauxhall, hosted the next workshop at its plant in Luton, we heard about Vauxhall’s dedication to “British Quality and Innovation”and how it supports its community by creating thousands of jobs for local people. During a visit to the van-building factory we saw the Made in Britain marque being applied to the vehicles.
Our third event was called "World Class Standards"and was hosted by cable manufacturer Tratos, based in Knowsley near Liverpool. Tratos is a global innovator and a leader in quality standards. It was very exciting to see how miles of hi-tech cable are produced for shipment all over the world.
Our last workshop before the summer break was in Birmingham at global coffee machine manufacturer Fracino – the company that sells cappuccino-makers to Italy! Here we heard about “Provenance Marketing for Manufacturers” and produced our first “In conversation with… “ video.
Each workshop saw around 20 members spend the day together. They heard from expert speakers, enjoyed networking with other members and showcased their products. The DIT talked about how to de-risk exporting and how to tap into new export markets. A live demonstration from Lloyds Bank guided members through the bank’s unique International Trade Portal service, which provides insight into trade around in the world.
John Pearce, CEO of MiB gave an update on how Made in Britain is growing and what has been done to protect the marque. Nicola Kemble, MiB membership manager, told members how to make the most of membership. Each member was also offered a “two-minute-maker” slot to showcase their business and bring along a sample of the product they make. We saw members talking about how they can sell to each other, keeping the supply chain within membership and within Britain.
A highlight of each workshop was the fantastic tour each host gave of their factory. We have seen end-of-life vehicles and waste electrical goods being turned into highly-specified polymer products, Vivaro vans coming off the production line every couple of minutes, miles of copper cable being spun onto reels and cappuccino machines being built from raw materials.
As well as being a valuable resource for marketing, export and membership information, the workshops are also a fantastic opportunity for members to meet and network. Here’s what some members who attended the spring workshops had to say:
“The workshop has made me realise what a valuable resource my Made in Britain membership is.”
“It's been fantastic to network with so many potential customers and see so many types of products in one place – you don’t get direct marketing opportunities better than this.”
“I see Made in Britain as a significant force in manufacturing and can’t wait to make connections through my membership.”
"As a company we are very proactive incorporating the marque throughout our business, but it was good to see how other manufacturers promote themselves."
"I really learned how MiB can directly help promote my business. Working with MiB companies as partners is possible and selling to other members is encouraged."
We’re back on the road again in 2019, starting on 27 February in Surrey. Each workshop will continue to include a host factory tour, a chance for members to showcase their products and the opportunity to hear about the various Made in Britain platforms available.
Come along, tell us about your business, hear what other members are making and learn from the valuable resource pool available to your through your Made in Britain membership. BOOK HERE