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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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Given the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, businesses need to be fully engaged in scenario planning for trading conditions for post Brexit.

This session works through post-Brexit scenarios of trading with the EU for various size businesses – across a range of issues from Tariffs to customs administration, rules of origin and AEO status amongst others.

We’ll take you through the steps you need to take now and through the transition period to be ready for the new trading environment.

Attracting the next generation of talent, with the right skills has been a constant 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 ever in their history.

This session will examine the nature of these key issues and highlight what companies should be thinking about and doing to prepare. Hear from industry peers that are already driving change in their industries

As the pace of technology change ramps up and the macro level economic and political landscape faces a period of unprecedented uncertainty, the requirement of leaders to inspire and motivate their teams has never been greater.

This workshop will provide delegates with different perspectives on this challenge ensuring that those who attend will leave the session with fresh thoughts and ideas to take back to their workplace

AM: 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.

PM: Innovation

The UK steel industry has been focussing on the ever-expanding demands of a supply chain developing sophisticated solutions and products.

R&D and high level technical innovation the sector is happening right now, unlocking the potential for a sustainable and globally competitive steel industry.



• 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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