Manufacturers across the East Midlands are being invited to join a new region-wide, business-led support network.

The East Midlands Manufacturing Network aims to help manufacturers share best practices and experience in a trusted peer environment; focus on issues and challenges that are a priority for manufacturing businesses; better understand the financial support on offer for; and tap into specialist consultancy and advice on regulation and compliance.

The Network will officially launch at an event at the Belfry, Nottingham on Tuesday, 22 March 2022. It is one of many initiatives made possible by the UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF), which East Midlands Chamber is delivering, along with academic and other business support partners, under the East Midlands Accelerator project.

Diane Beresford, Deputy Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber, said:

“The East Midlands is a region with a strong manufacturing heritage and with the potential to have an equally strong future. What better way to secure the future success of manufacturing in our region than by bringing together key knowledge and skills to form a dedicated, supportive peer network? That’s why it’s so important that the Chamber leads on this.”

The Network builds on the success of the respected Nottinghamshire Manufacturing Network (NMN) which is chaired by Mark Goldby, Non-Executive Director and Ambassador for Qinesis – The Business Growth Company, and is supported by the University of Nottingham. 

Whilst the Network is open to any manufacturer, those based in UKCRF areas may be eligible for a £2,000 growth voucher towards specialist consultancy support or a grant of £8,000 linked to job creation. (UKCRF) areas are considered by Government to be those most in need. In the East Midlands, these are Bassetlaw, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, Leicester City, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, and Nottingham City.

Businesses may express their interest in the Network and book a place at the event on 22 March on the East Midlands Chamber website.

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