Omni-channel distributor, RS Components, has become a member of Make UK, the UK’s manufacturing organisation to promote innovation in and the development of skills for the British manufacturing industry.
RS Components’ managing director, UK and Ireland, Emma Bofield, said: “Our membership will enable us to contribute to [the Make UK] community, using our unique position as a global service and solutions supplier along with our expansive and diverse knowledge in this area. Equally, being part of this community allows us to learn and constantly evolve whilst keeping our finger on the pulse for the good of both the sector and our customers.”Make UK held its 2022 National Manufacturing Conference in London on 3 May. The theme of the conference was how companies can adapt to net zero targets. Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, gave a speech about opportunities and challenges facing businesses in the current climate of supply chain pressures and uncertain energy prices.
“This conference provides an important collaborative platform for industry and Government to work together – and it is that which during the last two years of crisis has helped assure the future success of manufacturing to ensure we protect the 2.7 million jobs our sector provides across the UK,” said Make UK’s chief executive, Stephen Phipson. There was also a programme of workshops throughout the day around how companies can capitalise on the changing market, with discussions including ‘Net zero and manufacturing – what can we do to achieve the goal’, ‘Social values in defence: a green, diverse and local future’, ‘Volatility vs efficiency – managing global supply chains’ and ‘Building resilient workforces and leading successful businesses’.
Former foreign secretary, William, Baron Hague of Richmond was a keynote speaker, and former shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls was the after dinner speaker.
Emma Botfield, RS Components’ Managing Director, UK and Ireland, explained: “In order for the UK to drive competitive advantage by developing the right skills, and embracing and employing the right technology, there needs to be a collective effort and support platform that enables manufacturers to connect and share best practices. This is the mission of Make UK, and it’s one we at RS wholeheartedly support and why we decided to become a member.
Charlotte Horobin, regional director Midlands and East of England at Make UK said: “We’re delighted to have a global organisation such as RS as a member of Make UK. With their track record in driving innovation and championing important issues such as investment in developing skills, we’re sure they can add real value to our agenda – as well as using their membership to help drive innovation and knowledge in their business.”