EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has announced that Liam Fox will be a keynote political speaker at this year’s National Manufacturing Conference in London on 20 February 2018.
The Secretary of State for International Trade will set out his vision to delegates for industry post-Brexit and a prosperous Britain outside the EU.
Fox will map out Britain’s global positioning and speak about the work Government is undertaking to secure alternative trade deals for the UK in the coming years.
During his presentation at this year’s conference “Global Britain: Change, Opportunity, Growth”, he will also take questions from EEF delegates on what British manufacturing and engineering need from Brexit, and drill down into Government’s solutions to trade mechanisms and issues.
The flagship annual event – sponsored by Lombard, the UK’s largest asset finance provider – brings together Britain’s leading Government politicians, senior industrialists and manufacturing leaders in these challenging political times.
Other high-profile speakers have been lined up, including Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party leader, Martin Wolf CBE, chief economics commentator at The Financial Times alongside Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Key themes up for debate include the smart energy revolution, coping with a post-Brexit workforce and trading with the EU. With the ever-increasing threat to business from cyber-attack, Ewan Lawson, cybersecurity expert from RUSI will chair an interactive session.
The flagship annual event – sponsored by Lombard, the UK’s largest asset finance provider – brings together Britain’s leading Government politicians, senior industrialists and manufacturing leaders.
Stephen Phipson, chief executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said: “With Brexit on the horizon, our conference comes at a critical time for industry, which has a key role to play in ensuring that post-Brexit Britain is a success.
“This conference provides an important platform for industry and Government to work together and to hear what politicians across all political parties are thinking. Government departments across the Brexit agenda must continue to work hand in hand with industry in order to drive forward as we form the post-Brexit landscape for our sector.”