Business minister launches exhibition to encourage innovation

An exhibition of cutting edge products from companies including JCB was today unveiled at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to encourage a new generation of innovators.

With new business opportunities, such as low carbon products, emerging all the time BIS wants to work with the manufacturing industry to encourage new talent and attract new businesses to the sector.

The exhibition is the first in a planned rolling programme of themed displays demonstrating excellence in British design, engineering and manufacturing.

The theme for the opening programme is the engineering supply chain and exhibits have been provided by JCB as well as three other companies who are part of their supply chain: Craftsman Tools, Renishaw and Mazak UK.

Exhibiting products include the Union Jack painted Backhoe Loader JCB which will be placed in the forecourt of One Victoria Street.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said: “Britain is a world leader in manufacturing but if we are to inspire future generations we must do all we can to promote UK excellence.

"As a signal of our intent we have invited shining examples of British design, engineering and manufacture to showcase their products at the department.

"I am extremely grateful to JCB, Craftsman Tools, Renishaw and Mazak UK, four leading companies in the engineering supply chain, for contributing exhibits to this event.”

To help illustrate the theme the exhibits will be displayed so that visitors from the business community can follow the supply chain through the displays in the main reception and lift lobby areas.

This exhibition will also help to raise awareness of manufacturing in the build up to the launch of a new manufacturing framework in the autumn that will detail specific plans for encouraging growth in this sector.

As an early signal of support for the manufacturing sector BIS has already redirected savings within the department to strengthen both investment in FE colleges and to create 50,000 new apprenticeships.

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