The
Manufacturing

Forum

Supporting and connecting manufacturing in South Yorkshire

Supporting manufacturing in South Yorkshire

The Manufacturing Forum is run by manufacturers for manufacturers, in partnership with the Cutlers’ Company, Made in Sheffield, the region's Chambers of Commerce and Make UK. It also acts as the Manufacturing Sector Group for the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Local Enterprise Partnership.

Inform. Innovate. Influence.

Sharing our knowledge and experience to build a stronger manufacturing sector

Inform
We provide opportunities for networking and information sharing, both through face to face events and via this website. We aim to keep manufacturers up to date with the latest news, sector initiatives and sources of business support.
Influence
The Forum acts as a positive voice for regional manufacturers, by showcasing their achievements in order to attract both customers and inward investment and by demonstrating the breadth and potential of careers and educational options in the sector. We represent the sector with the Local Enterprise Partnership and also aim to promote the region’s manufacturing capabilities to the wider world.
Innovate
We want to ensure that the regional manufacturing community has access to opportunities to innovate within their organisations in order to support growth. We will do this by helping manufacturers to identify and access potential collaborators and sources of support.
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Our 4 Pillars of Support

We focus on 4 key topic areas that are essential to a strong manufacturing sector. Our events, information and activites all fit within these pillars.

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Sustainability

Where and how to access support on securing a sustainable and net zero future for your business

Skills

Where and how to develop the skills of your workforce and bring in those needed for future growth

Innovation

How to access the wealth of resources available to support innovation in your business

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Trade

How to increase your business through international trade and partnerships

A double advantage

As a member of either one of our forums you can access the advantages of the other. The International Trade Forum supports its members to grow their sales through exports.

About The Manufacturing Forum

The Manufacturing Forum was established as a collaboration between the local chambers of commerce, The Company of Cutlers and Make UK, with the aim of promoting and supporting manufacturing within the Sheffield City region. It is a resource open to all manufacturing businesses in the region. Acting as community support it aims to build a strong local sector for the benefit of all, by sharing best practice, developing networks and driving change.

Our Partners

Nothing we do would be possible without the support of our principal partners, enabling us to form strategic partnerships to provide added value and support to members by providing experts and access to expertise in particular sectors and topics.

Your Manufacturing Business

Whatever size business you have, you need a support network to point you in the right direction, help you avoid traps and dead-ends and get you talking to the right people.
£31bn
Economy
50000
Employed in manufacturing
£325m
Annual R&D expenditure
3000
Manufacturing business

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Latest Articles

We regularly share content from our events, members' experience, affialiates advice and partners' support. You can explore them fully via the menu and the topic categories.
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