Business Secretary Vince Cable and Business Minister Mark Prisk launched the ‘Make it in Great Britain’ campaign today, which aims to dispel the myth that the UK ‘doesn’t make anything anymore’ by highlighting the best of British manufacturing during the 2012 Olympic Games.
Backed by a number of senior industry representatives, including UK automotive’s Joe Greenwell from Ford of Britain, the exhibition will run from 24 July to 9 September 2012 at the Science Museum, and will showcase a variety of products made in the UK.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said, “Manufacturing is our most exportable sector and is at the heart of our long term economic vision. We have outstanding manufacturing companies, both large and small and today I want to call on them to join us in being part of the Make it in Great Britain campaign”.
Building on the success of the ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative that launched earlier this year, the exhibition will celebrate the achievements of the nation’s manufacturing industries and will aim to encourage young people to consider careers in industry. The campaign will also include a specific element, the Make it in Great Britain Challenge, focusing on new innovations yet to be brought to market.
Business Minister Mark Prisk added, “Historic British innovations such as Stephenson’s Rocket have been inspiring young people to be engineers for generations. But we, along with industry want to show off the best, most innovative examples of British manufacturing as it is today.
“The modern reality is much more exciting than people may believe and the feedback from our existing ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ initiative bears that out. I want that reality to inspire our young people to be our inventors, engineers and technicians of the future”.
Mr Prisk also announced that the campaign will be looking to recruit 30 rising stars of manufacturing across all sectors under the age of 30, to get behind the campaign and inspire young people by sharing their own experiences of careers in industry.
Opportunities to showcase your products
Organisers of the exhibition at the Science Museum are now inviting expressions of interest from companies wishing to showcase their products.
Companies that would like products or processes to be considered for the exhibition can register interest through the ‘Make it in Great Britain’ website.
The deadline for initial applications is midday on 6 January 2012.
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