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This year’s annual Manufacturing Seminar, jointly hosted by Shorts, NatWest and Banner Jones Solicitors on Thursday 13th November welcomed a record number of over 160 attendees.  The event was the centrepiece event within Destination Chesterfield’s Made in Chesterfield week.

This year the event focused on the future of manufacturing within the region, and we were delighted that Master Cutler David Grey MBE was keen to appear as key speaker.  Fitting the event into his 500+ diary appointments for the year, David spoke about the role of Master Cutler, touching on the history of the role, its purpose and demonstrating with practical examples how it integrates within our modern local industry.  David was followed by Dr Chris Wilson, focusing on energy issues, and Chris Heaton who gave a fascinating insight into how knowledge transfer between generations can work in engineering. The morning closed with a lively Q&A session, during which the speakers were joined by Alex Mardapittas of EMS Powerstar and Toby Perkins MP, Shadow Business Secretary.

Stands were on hand from a number of organisations, providing representatives with a ‘one stop’ opportunity to speak with many sectors under one roof; DNCC, Destination Chesterfield, Banner Jones Solicitors, Shorts, EMS Powerstar, Arthur J Gallagher, Manufacturing Advisory Service, EEF, UKTI, NatWest, AMRC, Derby University and Chesterfield College all attended the seminar.

Taking part in the Made in Chesterfield week, schools in the region were also invited to attend the seminar with representative post 16 students.  The AMRC’s Mantra bus was also on site all day, sponsored by commercial insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher. The 14m HGV trailer, packed with state of the art engineering technology has been developed by The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing.

Shorts Tax Partner Andrew Grant commented “This event goes from strength to strength and we were delighted to see so many people this year.  This region has such a rich manufacturing heritage, and it is important that we work to ensure that continues into the future.  We are pleased that representatives of training organisations, further education, government agencies, and business support services could come together to give a unique opportunity provide inspiration to those looking at a career within manufacturing. We are already looking forward to, and planning next year’s event”

Image shows Left to Right Dr Chris Wilson, Simon Wright (Banner Jones), Chris Heaton, Steve Smith (NatWest), Andrew Grant (Shorts) and Stephen Gordon (Banner Jones)



Scott Burkinshaw

Scott is Tax Partner at Shorts, specialising in providing strategic corporate and personal tax advice.

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