Time for Midlands innovators to shine

Ian Holder, partner in the Birmingham office of Mazars

Midlands businesses can show the UK the way forward when it comes to innovation, according to Ian Holder, partner in the Birmingham office of Mazars.

His comments come ahead of an Inspiring Great Britain’s Manufacturing event, part of the international accountancy firm’s Maximising Your Business Value programme, on Wednesday, September 21, at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park, Coventry.

Mr Holder said: “Manufacturing is a key industry for UK plc.

“Being more innovative with our practices and embracing technological advancements will help businesses remain agile and retain competitive advantage.”

Attendees will learn how the MTC, a partnership of the universities of Birmingham, Loughborough and Nottingham, the Welding Institute, Rolls-Royce, Aero Engines Control and Airbus, can support and engage with manufacturing businesses while encouraging young people to take up careers in the industry.

With the help of representatives from UK Trade & Investment along with UK Export Finance, there will be guidance on what is available to assist UK exporters in achieving their growth ambitions, a case study on what it is actually like to work with the MTC, and information on how to maximise research and development tax credits and tax allowances on manufacturing activities.

The morning will conclude with a tour of the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

“By developing and demonstrating new technologies on an industrial scale that will impact industry for years to come, the centre aims to accelerate the UK’s industrial growth, change the way businesses compete and maximise synergies with supply chains,” said Mr Holder.

The event begins with registration at 9am followed by briefings from 9.30am and the tour at 12 noon with a 1pm finish.

Mazars’ Maximising Your Business Value programme aims to share practical advice on a series of business issues. It operates quarterly and is free to attend.