A security pass is required at all times to attend events in either of the secure Conference venues, Manchester Central or The Midland Hotel.


12.30 Design Council

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

THE Employment and Skills Debate

Panel Debate: creating prosperity, growth and opportunity for all. Guest speaker Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, BEIS Secretary of State (invited


Record employment doesn’t equal inclusive growth or mean that regional disparities disappear. What’s the solution for those left-behind places and people? This event will bring together political decision makers and influencers to make the case for more powers to be devolved to re-invigorate local and regional prosperity and opportunities. Adam Marshall, British Chamber of Commerce; Sarah Weir, Design Council; Henri Murison, Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Maria Neophytou, Impetus.


18.00 Policy Connect in partnership with ABB, HVM Catapult and Siemens

Manchester Central : Central 8

Workshop of the World: Manufacturing an Industry of the Future

Panel and drinks reception on the future of British Manufacturing in the age of automation


This Policy Connect panel event - in partnership with ABB, HVM Catapult and Siemens - will discuss the future of manufacturing in the age of automation, growing business and increasing competitiveness, the opportunities of global trade, localisation and onshoring, free ports, increasing investment, Made Smarter, the Convervative Party's plan for manufacturing, addressing the skills gap and creating the leaders of the future. The panel will be followed by a drinks reception.

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