The Business of Manufacturing in a Modern World

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Tuesday, 24 September, 2019 - 07:30 to 09:30

The Business of Manufacturing in a Modern World




University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

We live and work in an era of unprecedented change - digitalisation, artificial intelligence and data analytics are just a few examples – and while some businesses are using these opportunities to innovate and drive productivity, others are unsure how to secure ongoing success.

Date & Time Location

24/09/2019 07:30 - 09:30 

University of Warwick, Coventry, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL

ICAEW’s Midlands regional team and the Manufacturing Community, together with a panel of experts in the Midlands, will discuss these changes in the context of the modern manufacturing world. Speakers will discuss their experience of how they keep their business thriving and future-proof in a changing sector.

Key topics:

  • Latest regional outlook for manufacturing businesses and common challenges and opportunities (for example the application of IFRS 102 & IFRS16)
  • Intellectual property – how you can harness the value of IP and how do you protect it
  • Technology & AI – how they can be deployed

The event is open to ICAEW members and non-members. A light breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

To book your place on the event please log in and proceed to book online.

The session will appeal to practice-based finance professionals with manufacturing clients or working in the manufacturing sector, plus local manufacturing businesses.

Our full events programme, including CPD training and networking events, can be found online for the East Midlands and the West Midlands areas.


Chaired by Dr Sophie Dale - Black, Regional Director for the Midlands ICAEW

Speaker panel:

  • Dr Mark Swift, Head of SME Programmes, The University of Warwick
  • Charlotte Horobin, Membership Director, Midlands and East, Make UK
    • Charlotte is responsible for managing and developing relationships with Make UK member companies in Midlands & East to advance manufacturing within the region. By working with partner organisations and regional media, Charlotte is able to raise the profile of Make UK member companies locally and nationally. She’s also responsible for designing and delivering a programme of regional events which enable members to network, share best practice and learn from experts. Another key part of her role is to engage with regional stakeholders ensuring manufacturers’ interests are represented to LEPs, the West Midlands Combined Authority, Midlands Engine and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Combined Authority.
    • Charlotte gained her undergraduate degree from The University of Leeds in Biomedical Science before completing her Masters at The University of Nottingham. Before joining MakeUK (formerly EEF) in 2013, Charlotte worked in food manufacturing where she focused on business development and food safety management.
  • Nigel Knapp, Senior Business Development Manager, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
    • Nigel is a mechanical engineer by qualification, though spent 30 years in electrical power control and industrial automation with the likes of GEC, Toshiba and Schneider Electric.
    • After a career in industrial automation, Nigel joined the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in 2016 to drive SME business development and has since engaged with over 200 manufacturers to identify the key issues in their business, agree the scope of work to improve productivity, leading to delivery of improvements by the MTC team.

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