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Cheshire and Warrington Manufacturing Week

16th September 2013

What do luxury Bentley cars, bread and butter, and medicines have in common?  They’re all manufactured in Cheshire and will be showcased as part of Cheshire and Warrington Manufacturing Week (30th September to 4th October 2013).

Bentley will open its doors during Cheshire and Warrington Manufacturing Week

The week-long event – organised by The Manufacturing Institute – will shine the spotlight on Cheshire and Warrington’s successful manufacturing sector.

During the week, local manufacturing businesses will be invited to see best practice in action through free factory tours at Bentley; fast growing bakery Frank Roberts & Sons, and the UK’s largest independent dairy Meadow Foods.

AstraZeneca and other local manufacturing businesses will take a manufacturing roadshow to schools and colleges across the county – showcasing the variety of exciting career options available within the manufacturing sector.

“Manufacturing makes the biggest contribution to economic output in Cheshire and Warrington”, said Dr Julie Madigan, Chief Executive of The Manufacturing Institute.  “This event will inspire and educate the local manufacturing community. It will provide some of the ideas, tools and support they require to fulfil ambitious growth plans and make their businesses even stronger.  The recent resurgence of UK manufacturing is evident in Cheshire and Warrington, where almost 22,000 people work in more than 1,000 businesses.”

During the week, the Manufacturing Institute will launch its Manufacturing Growth Programme, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  It is led by industry experts from leading businesses such as Jaguar, Rolls-Royce and Powertrain.  Through bespoke in-company support and peer-to-peer learning, the Growth Programme provides business leaders with the skills and tools needed to generate higher profits and sales, while improving customer value.

Cheshire Manufacturing Week is being organised by The Manufacturing Institute, with support from industry partners, together with: Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire and Warrington LEP, Marketing Cheshire, Mersey Dee Alliance, Nat West, The Institution of Chemical Engineers and Warrington &Co.

Further information on Cheshire and Warrington Manufacturing Week is available from : www.manufacturinginstitute.co.uk/growth email: growth@manufacturinginstitute.co.uk  

The events programme includes:

Factory tour of Frank Roberts & Sons, Northwich (Charting the Growth of a Family Business) – 30 September (8am to 10.30a Northwich is home to two divisions of the Frank Roberts and Sons group; Roberts Bakery and The Little Treats Co. This event will chart the company’s significant growth journey, the £10m recent investment to a new production line and provide the practical advice needed to help other Cheshire manufacturers grow.
Factory tour of Meadow Foods, Chester (Turning a  £2m business into a £340m business)  – 1 October (8am to 10.30am) Meadow Foods has grown from a small farmer-backed dairy to become the largest independent dairy in the UK with ambitious growth plans for the future. The company’s long-term sustainable growth strategy has been achieved through a combination of acquisition and organic growth. It is underpinned by deep insights into market trends and a relentless focus on their customers in the food and drink sector. The event will provide manufacturers with insights into how the company has successfully grown over a 20 year period by defining and delivering a clear growth strategy.
Factory tour of Bentley, Crewe (Powering Ahead – The Bentley Growth Story) – 2 October 2013 (8am to 11am) In July 2013 Bentley confirmed it will invest over £800m in the production of a brand new sport utility vehicle (SUV) model to be made in Crewe, creating over 1,000 jobs. The announcement comes on the back of 22% growth during 2012.   Powering Ahead will describe the Bentley growth story and the opportunities that the expansion will create locally and nationally. The event will also include a tour of the factory to witness first-hand the craftsmanship, skills and cutting edge technologies unique to Bentley. 
Manufacturing the Next Generation – 4th October Global manufacturing companies, including AstraZeneca, will visit local schools and colleges across Cheshire and Warrington in a roadshow to showcase the variety of exciting career options available within the manufacturing sector.
About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute is an independent charity founded 20 years ago to inspire, educate and improve the performance of manufacturing companies, their employees and the wider public. The organisation delivers high quality manufacturing education, training and consultancy services, which build operational excellence. The Manufacturing Institute leads charitable campaigns, including Make It and Fab Lab – to improve the image of manufacturing among young people and drive grassroots innovation.