A consistent theme for many members of the Nottingham Manufacturing Network is ‘skills and skills retention’. The same is true from many other local businesses, hence our visit to NUAST. The Nottingham University of Science and Technology welcomed its first intake of students in 2014. The 25th February 2015 was the first time the academy had opened its doors to the local business community.
NMN members were joined by colleagues from ‘Nottingham Means Business’ to tour the facilities of NUAST and learn about its aspirations & objectives. Clr. Graham Chapman (Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council) and David Ralph (CEO of D2N2 LEP) joined in with their insights, comments and suggestions as to how the business community could influence the development of ‘the next generation’.
Boost as more firms head home.Nottingham Evening Post – 26th February 2015 (Rebecca Smith-Dawkins)
Demand for British-made products is fuelling a shift to companies bringing production back to the UK. But Nottinghamshire firms have warned that in order for the sector to thrive, employees’ skills must continue to be developed.
The importance of manufacturing to Nottingham’s economy was discussed by 30 firms yesterday at an event organised by Nottingham Means Business and the Nottingham Manufacturing Network.
Mark Goldby, managing director of SMS Electronics, in Beeston, who was a guest speaker at the event, high-lighted a recent survey by the manufacturers association EEF revealing that one in six companies chose to re-shore elements of their activity to the UK last year, compared to one in nine in 2011. “Since 2000, there has been a trend for electronic companies to outsource their products to the Far East.” he said. “The statistics show that people are generally bringing production back for the right reasons. That may be because conditions have changed or companies have more of a proposition to bring it back.”
Mr Goldby said the power of the Made in Britain tag should not be underestimated. “It commands a tremendous amount of respect,” he added.
Martin Johnson, senior recruiter for Ruddington firm Greene, Tweed & Co, also spoke at the event, held at the Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology, in Abbey Street, Dunkirk. He said companies needed to focus on continually developing employees’ skills – and letting them put them into practice. “We need to create a culture which supports training and, more importantly, practice. We need to promote this culture in a ‘brand’ not only to produce skills needed but retain those we already have.”
Simon Gray, chief executive of business group Nottingham Means Business said: “Manufacturing is alive and kicking here and it’s something we need to be proud of.”
Caroline Smith David Ralph Mark Goldby Mark Henshaw Martin Johnson Simon Gray Clr. Graham Chapman
NUAST D2N2 SMS Electronics Greene, Tweed & Co NUAST NMB Nottingham City Council