We then discussed the big policy issues in our breakout workshop sessions on transitioning to net-zero, building resilient workforces, and global supply chains.
👏 A BIG thank you to the industry experts who joined us for the panels.
Here are the key takeaways from each session:
Transitioning to a net-zero economy
This workshop focused on taking stock of where manufacturers were on their net zero journey six months on from COP 26. Rosa Wilkinson, Director of Policy & Comms at HVMC set the stage setting out the importance of the manufacturing sector’s transition to net zero, the potential challenges that businesses might face, and the potential commercial opportunities that could be gained.
Our own work
found manufacturers see net zero as a high priority and they are implementing net zero strategies within their business. Ava Jones from AESSEAL and Howard Pickard from LBBC gave direct business views, talking about the practical steps their businesses have taken to move towards net zero, and how they have overcome challenges and have already gained returns on their net zero investments. Finally, Dimitrios Spiliopoulos shared how digital technologies can support manufacturers on their net-zero journey no matter how big or small the business.
Building resilient workforces
Attendees of the ‘Building Resilient Workforces and Leading Successful Businesses’ breakout session identified higher-level technical skills, digital skills, and leadership and management as their immediate priorities for investment in training and development.
Panellists from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, ABB and training provider Multiverse agreed that progression and the right company culture are key to workforce retention as manufacturers fight to keep talent in their businesses and that investment in leadership and management, as well as technical skills, is a key part of achieving this.
Global supply chains
The Covid pandemic has highlighted both the strengths but also some weaknesses in the supply of raw materials and inputs as well as supply chain systems and infrastructure. In addition, the UK has undergone the most significant reset of its international trading relationships which continues to evolve.
But despite the immediate supply challenges being faced by the industry, the panellists were optimistic about the future opportunities that businesses will be able to take advantage of as the UK moves to capitalise on its strengths.