Welcome from Nick Shields
Director, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service
Manufacturing businesses generate exports, drive innovation and offer high levels of profitability supporting high skill jobs and high value supply chains.
A strong manufacturing core to an economy is also essential to building resilience from global trade winds. That is why the Scottish Government has recently launched it vision setting document: ‘A Manufacturing Future for Scotland’ which seeks to re-imagine and re-position manufacturing in Scotland. The more businesses making innovative products, providing complimentary services and expertise and competing successfully on the world stage, the more prosperous Scotland will become.
Productive businesses are a magnet for investment and that leads to a virtuous business cycle of growth. The evidence from some of Scotland’s leading businesses show that this is fundamental to build a compelling case for investment which leads to winning the game changing productivity improvements. Technology is changing too, with the cost of automation dropping.
All of Scotland needs to pull together to improve our productivity. This year’s conference will be a fantastic opportunity for you to engage with the Action Plan. It’s the only event in Scotland that draws together business leaders, academics, support organisations and supply chain networks under one roof. The jam-packed programme will help you understand the steps your business can take to improve its productivity with world-class keynote speakers who will be thought-provoking, challenging and entertaining. Industry led workshops will cover: Leadership; Investment; Technology; Supply Chain Improvement and Energy Efficiency.
It’s the one event you cannot afford to miss and I look forward to seeing you there.
– Nick Shields, Director, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service