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EMCC: manufacturing and engineering forum

31 May, 2017, 8:00 am - 10:00 am


The Chamber is pleased to offer the FREE opportunity to visit the National Fluid Power Centre (NFPC).  There will be an overview of the centre and also an opportunity to tour the facilities.   The NFPC is an approved training provider for many ‘blue chip’, industry-leading corporations.  Not only does it have 3 fully equipped technical centres but these include over 3 million pounds worth of up-to-date equipment supplied by Industry Partners. 

What is the manufacturing and engineering forum?

This forum provides a platform to:

  • Address specific issues relating to the sector,
  • Share best practice
  • Hear from exemplar organisations and
  • Participate in relevant discussion topics.

The Agenda

Overview of the activity at the NFPC – John Savage, Director (NFPC) UK

Our host, the NFPC is a British Fluid Power Association certified Comité Européen des Transmissions Oléohydrauliques et Pneumatiques (CETOP) Education Centre.

Having gained ISO9001-2015 approval, the NFPC is at the forefront of approved training facilities.  Furthermore, it ensures a close working relationship with a number of Industry Trade Associations.  In addition, the centre also offers scope for technical seminars and corporate events.

Benefits of being a “responsible business” – Ian Nicholson, Managing Director at Responsible Solutions

Not only what this means in practice but also how companies can use their existing systems to increase their sustainable and ethical business practices.

Responsible Solutions has been supporting clients in demonstrating their environmental and corporate responsibility credentials for over 10 years.  After all, demonstrating responsible and ethical business practices is becoming increasingly important to win work.   Ian will also outline how utilising standards and certifications already in place within your organisation, can enhance business competitiveness rather than bureaucracy.  With so many standards and certification schemes out there, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) landscape can be vast and confusing.  Resistance to engaging with these, however, often boils down to cost.  Since there is a perception that to fully demonstrate your CSR credentials is simply too expensive.  But if done right then being a responsible business needn’t cost you.  In fact, it might even save you money

The Sheffield Innovation Programme- Alison Money, Sheffield Hallam University

Finally will hear from Sheffield Hallam University on The Sheffield Innovation Programme.  Sheffield City Region businesses can access academic expertise, facilities and resources to stimulate innovation and support delivery of new products and services.  Businesses can access a range of bespoke consultancy services with academic experts as well as a programme of events and workshops to help their business grow.

Expertise available includes:

Materials and Engineering; Product and Packaging Design; Sports Engineering and Exercise; Food Engineering and Food Science; and User-centred Software Design.

The Sheffield Innovation Programme runs until July 2019. The project is a joint initiative between Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering, and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Additional information

At the end of the formal presentation sessions, there will be an optional valuable tour of the facilities.  As there are limited places at this event, preference will be given to organisations who operate in the manufacturing and engineering sector.

If your business is not located in the Sheffield City Region, don’t despair.  There is a similar innovation programme operating across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  Entitled Enabling Innovation, this is delivered in partnership by Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Derby.  Find out more.


31 May, 2017
8:00 am - 10:00 am


East Midlands Chamber


National Fluid Power Centre
Carlton Road
Worksop, Nottinghamshire S81 7HP United Kingdom
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01909 504539


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