Events Schedule


Additive Manufacturing

The Next Manufacturer Measurement Network event entitled ‘Additive Manufacturing’ will take place on 16 January 2018 at the NPL North of England hub in Huddersfield and will be organised in collaboration with the Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance.

The event will commence at 5:30pm at usual venue: 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, Huddersfield.

Speakers at the event will cover the basis of Additive Manufacturing and assess the needs of both large organisations and small to medium enterprises.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Stephen Crownshaw, AM Business Manager at Renishaw
  • Ben Hawksworth, CEO and Founder of Hawk 3D Proto
  • David Butler, Science Area Leader – Advanced Manufacturing at NPL
  • Robert Woollin, North of England Strategic Business Development Manager at NPL

Join us at this event to find out more about the current state of play in Additive Manufacturing and hear from people who are already working in this environment and meeting these challenges daily.

For more information and to register for the event CLICK HERE



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Let’s talk real growth

09:30am – 12:00 Thursday 7th. December

At Wakefield First we understand the challenges faced in the current economic climate. That’s why we have teamed up with AD:Venture, the Wakefield Manufacturing Forum and other partners including Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry to deliver this collaborative growth and expansion event.

This free event is a unique opportunity for businesses to learn from industry experts on how to develop a business and support its overall growth objectives.

For the first time we have brought together all these organisations within a logistics hot spot Mountpark.

You will leave the session with:-

  • An understanding of the regional support available to businesses relating to productivity and growth
  • A knowledge of regional funding and grant schemes available to assist your business
  • A variety of new connections to add to your established network and supply chain

Don’t miss this unique opportunity on Thursday 7th December

Where:  Mountpark, Wakefield Europort, Tuscany Way, Normanton, WF6 2UA

For booking, timings and agenda, click HERE

Creative Digital IP: protecting your app, website, code, digital presence
06.00pm – 07.30pm Tuesday 4th July 

Digital businesses create and use IP all the time, perhaps without realising it. Whether it’s the name of your company, the look of a new character in your game, the code of your new program, or even an
improved searching algorithm, the value of IP can far outweigh the value of your physical assets.

This talk delivered by the Intellectual Property Office covers what you need to know about protecting your IP in a digital world.

When & Where?  Tue 4 July 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST, Leeds Central Library  1st Floor, Room 700, Calverley Street


Booking – Click HERE  

Digital Marketing for Manufacturers

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Time: 09:30 – 13:00
Venue: Elizabethan Gallery, Brook Street, Wakefield, WF1 1QW

This event is a brilliant guide to digital marketing for manufacturers with lots of practical ideas and it’s FREE!

Places are limited so if you are interested book a place as soon as you can.

Many manufacturers still rely on pre-internet strategies to find new business but as industrial buyers turn digital and become unwilling to directly engage with a supplier until late in theirdecision making process, opportunities to directly “sell” have become limited.

Wakefield Manufacturing Forum has teamed up with industrial marketing expert Dave Pannell, author of “Marketing & Manufacturing: A Culture Clash” and “Marketing for Manufacturers”, and sales guru Mark Prince from The Design Mechanics to explain the specific challenges that manufacturing businesses face and what techniques you should now be embracing to generate more sales in the digital age.

This event has been organised by the Wakefield Manufacturing Forum and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.

Book your place here

How to Sell to the MOD


Union Street, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, WF16 OHL

Date: 25th April 2017 09:30-13:00 (optional tour with lunch 13:00 – 14:00)

Cost: £30 + VAT

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) are visiting the Yorkshire Region to engage with small and medium sized businesses. This event will describe the many procurement opportunities available and how to become part of the supply chain of the MOD.

The MOD spends approximately £14 billion a year procuring a wide variety of products and services to support the Armed Forces, both on operations and in peace time. In addition to complex military equipment requiring highly specialist suppliers and leading edge technology, the MOD also procures more ordinary ‘commodity’ items including:

Food for ration packs Estate & facilities management Stationery Medical Supplies
Fuels and utilities Clothing Furniture Consultancy Services

The MOD has a requirement for most types of product, either directly or indirectly, at some stage. Since 1st January 2016, the MOD has required their suppliers to have a Cyber Essentials certificate. MASS will help you to understand what these requirements are.

Less than 25% of SME’s actively export goods and services. DIT DSO will provide information on the current defence exporting opportunities and the support available for UK companies.

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To register and book, click HERE


Innovation in Manufacturing 

Join NPL and 3M Buckley Innovation Centre for an event sharing ideas and best practice in accelerating innovation in UK manufacturing.

Speakers include:
Sam Turner – CTO – HVM Catapult
Steve Shickell – Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Graeme Foulds – Ametek Taylor Hobson

Paul Ashton – Carl Zeiss

Carol Holden – Chief Executive – NAA

Chris Davies – Aberlink

Josh Wright – GOM

Paul Shore – NPL
Network with speakers, members and guests, and visit the exhibition area where test equipment manufacturers will showcase equipment.

Did you know 10% of innovations are driven by advancements in measurement?  If you work in manufacturing and believe your business has the potential to become more innovative then this event is for you.

Limited availability – book your place HERE
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MIY Expo

Get ready for Made in Yorkshire’s Manufacturing Exhibition 2017

On Wednesday 10th May, we are set to welcome the biggest concentration of manufacturing and engineering companies in the Yorkshire region to showcase their capabilities at our exhibition.

Whether you have an interest in automotive, aerospace, rail, defence or medical, there will be a company at the show capable of delivering your required service.

The exhibition is already filling up with some exciting companies and if you would like to take part in this excellent gathering, then please contact us on 0113 350 1360. We are always happy to talk and meet.


To register, click HERE

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Wakefield Manufacturing forum meets Production Park

Wednesday 8th February 10am – 11:30amwmf-logo.jpg

Wakefield Manufacturing Forum Meets Production Park

Lights camera action for manufacturers this February as the Wakefield Manufacturing Forum takes you behind the scenes at

Production Park!

Wakefield Manufacturers are invited to tread the boards at internationally recognised South Kirby rehearsal studios used by Madonna, Biffy Clyro and Coldplay. Discover the unique space that makes it the world’s premier entertainment rehearsal location.


Adrian Brooks, Founder of Production Park will give us an insight on what’s goes on at the park, how this family ran business has developed from a shed in South Kirkby to the live events arena we see today. Adrian will also explain why manufacturing is so important to the running of the business today.
Adrian’s early career involved pioneering aluminium tower structures and products. He invented the world’s first lightweight aluminium truss system Astralite, which soon became industry standard in the entertainment, leisure, retail and architectural markets.

Adrian then founded Litestructures to build on the reputation of Astralite and went on to create many notable ‘firsts’, such as the world’s premier stage decking system Litedeck and Astralive, the first system to incorporate live tracking to carry mains power.

Developing and extending these innovative concepts kept him in touch with the concert and touring marketplace, and he went on to build the LS-Live Studio in 2005. This has grown into the Production Park we see today.

Don’t miss this event at Production Park on Tuesday February 8, starting at 10.00am, sponsored by R&D tax specialists Jumpstart. You will find out how investment in Research & Development can be reclaimed and reinvested into your business, and make it competitive on the global stage

Nicole Ballantyne is Customer Engagement Manager for Jumpstart, Yorkshire and the Humber, she said: “Jumpstart minimise the risk, time and complexity of R&D tax claims for their clients, whilst maximising the value, in a robust and defendable way. We de-mistify the process for new claimants, and if you’ve already been claiming, our scientific and technical approach has proven to increase the identified eligible spend by an average of 100%

We hope to see you there!

Excellent networking opportunities will be available on the day and teas and coffees and hot sandwiches will be provided at the end of the tour. Please feel free to stay for some more networking

The Production Park tour is on Wednesday  8th February starting at 10.00am – 11:30am

To register CLICK HERE