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In addition to the main plenary sessions, the Conference programme will feature five B2B workshops.

These workshops will give you key takeaways to help minimise potential risk and take advantage of the opportunities arising in the changing market. Select your workshops when you register for the Conference - limited places, so don't delay!

*Please note that all workshop session descriptions are subject to change. More details to come


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Are you Brexit ready? Leaving the EU will turn trade on its head.  From trade and tariffs to VAT and Customs, EU traders face a steep learning curve if they are to thrive and survive the challenges Brexit brings. The workshop will give delegates access to a team of experts who will mentor them through the importing and exporting journey post-Brexit.

Attracting the next generation of talent, with the right skills has long been a challenge for manufacturers. This interactive session will task delegates, placed in teams, with putting together a blueprint for attracting the next generation for their business and the opportunity to then test it with apprentices and graduates on the day.

Delegates will also to hear from our guest speaker, Peter Tack, MD, Lander Automotive on the importance of attracting the next generation and how to do it.

The UK’s manufacturing businesses face the greatest technology driven change in their history. This session will examine the nature of these issues and what companies should be doing to prepare. Hear from industry peers that are driving change in their industries and find out how to retain and acquire customers whilst reducing costs and resource consumption.

What do all great organisations have in common? They all have inspirational leaders and great managers, yet the UK lags behind its global competitors in producing both. With the UK having 2.4 million accidental managers the challenge is how to turn these into conscious leaders who inspire those around them and realise the increased productivity that this will bring. This workshop will provide delegates with different perspectives on producing the best leaders and managers which the UK will need to compete on the global stage.

Morning Session: The Need for a Level Playing Field

The estimated ‘electricity price disparity’ cost to the sector in 2016 stood at some £51 million, the equivalent of 4.3% of the sector’s total GVA and had a significant impact on EBITDA margins. Action on the electricity price disparity will protect jobs, increase investment, and increase the value of the steel sector, the supply chains it supports, manufacturing and UK PLC.

Afternoon Session: Can Public Projects Boost Manufacturing?

In 2017, public infrastructure projects amounted to 14% of UK GDP and the National Infrastructure Pipeline is worth £600 billion. Government procurement guidelines could offer the UK foundation sectors support if properly administered. But do they go far enough, and could they go further?



• The workshops repeat after lunch meaning each delegate gets to attend 2.

• Spaces will be limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please rank in order of preference and while we will do our best to assign you to two of your preferred workshop choices we cannot guarantee.

• Your allocated workshops will be confirmed prior to the conference and your personalised agenda will be available on the EEF National Conference Mobile App.

• We recommend early registration to increase your chances of being allocated your workshops of choice!

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