What are:

The Manufacturing Debates

The idea for the Manufacturing Debates came out of Kaizen Central, a weekly gathering of manufacturers and friends that began during the pandemic as a welcoming place to discuss issues of importance to the sector, to listen to expert guests and to share knowledge and expertise. All in the spirit of community and ‘continuous improvement’, which is the customarily accepted translation of the Japanese word Kaizen.

Once lockdown ended, we moved to meeting monthly as people were no longer forced to stay at home. The appetite for discussion and debate was unabated however. Together with Make UK, we staged debates with Industry Minister Lee Rowley MP and with Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds. We followed those discussions with a ‘town hall meeting’ on Zoom to let our regular guests chat over the conclusions of the debates with commentators from the sector.

It proved a winning formula, so now we are launching a year-long programme build on the same model: a panel discussion followed by a town hall meeting. 

The schedule will be announced shortly.