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Gestamp is the 300th member to join Made in the Midlands

Made in the Midlands are delighted to welcome our 300th member Gestamp, who are leaders in the design and manufacture of automotive components and are one of the major manufacturers in the automotive industry worldwide. Gestamp is a true leader in their sector and it’s easy to see why. Their commitment to the future of

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MIM Council urges government to create new manufacturing policy

This week, the government called for a meeting to discuss the issues within the Steel Industry, in response to the Tata Steel crisis. In response, Made in the Midlands surveyed MIM Council members on three critical points: – Do you think the government need to create a policy which offers definitive support to UK manufacturing?

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Inaugural East Midlands Exhibition proves a great success

The first East Midlands Exhibition took place on November 12th, at the iPro Stadium, Derby in response to the demand from Made in the Midlands members from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester to create an exhibition that would generate vast interest within their region. The East Midlands Exhibition included 30 stands from some of the most successful and diverse

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Made in the Midlands Discusses the Future of Manufacturing at the European Parliament

Following a successful visit to Westminster earlier in the year, a select group of Made in the Midlands members went to the European Parliament in Brussels to talk to MEPs and find out how the EU impacts manufacturing firms in the build up to in/out referendum. Members had discussions with several British MEPs who are

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Made in Yorkshire make the headlines

BBC Look North joined more than 60 manufacturers to help promote Made in Yorkshire, the new networking group for Yorkshire’s manufacturing community. Jason Pitt, CEO said, “The ‘Made in’ brand has been very successful in the Midlands where it was founded in 2009, Yorkshire is a fantastic area for us to invest in. You would

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National Manufacturing Network Launches in Yorkshire

Manufacturing and engineering in Yorkshire has received a massive boost after the launch of peer group and trade body platform ‘Made in Yorkshire’ – a digital network for the sector supporting local collaboration, networking and championing of all things Made in Yorkshire. The group has already achieved wide success over the last six years in

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PR software developer launches new productivity app

A new productivity app is set to shake up the PR industry when it launches later this month. Pressvine was created by a former publisher, out of a frustration when sourcing content from company websites. Pressvine is a PR suite that includes a content managed news hub, a news distribution function and contact database. Initially

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Andy Moore

Andy Moore appointed to the board

First Orchard is delighted to welcome Andy Moore to the board. Andy has considerable PLC experience and some of his most recent appointments include Trafalgar Homes PLC. Andy is a champion for Birmingham businesses and has helped steer a number of innovative enterprises to success. Andy will form part of the non executive management team

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Made in the Midlands appoints Head of Communications

Made in the Midlands is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Eccles as their new Head of Communications. Matt joins the membership support body for manufacturers from the Manufacturing Advisory Service where he was Head of Marketing with responsibility for leading the brand, awareness and acquisition strategy when the service transformed from a regional

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Pressvine announces international partnership

UK Public Relations software firm Pressvine Worldwide Limited and Dutch company PressPage, suppliers of search-engine-optimised social media newsroom technology, have announced a strategic partnership. By merging their products, the companies are now able to provide a unique tool kit for effective news management. Having successfully launched their beta version in 2012, Pressvine have just unveiled

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