Burnley set to take centre stage for Manufacturing Excellence

9 June 2014

Burnley will be exhibiting at this year’s International Festival of Business, which will be held across several venues in and around Liverpool during June and July.

In Burnley’s year as Most Enterprising Place in the UK, Burnley Bondholders are taking Burnley to the International Festival of Business to showcase Burnley’s reputation as a centre for advanced manufacturing excellence. We will be hosting events, exhibitions, attending conferences and fulfilling guest speaker slots across the festival programme.

The aim is to build new business relationships and create opportunities for trade and investment in Burnley, with visitors from across the globe and across all sectors.

Representatives and manufacturing experts from leading Burnley businesses have been invited to speak at the IFB by the organisers and the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.  Advanced manufacturing ambassadors from global success stories based in Burnley including  Safran Aircelle, AMS Neve and Futaba-Tenneco will share with delegates from across the world Burnley’s manufacturing success story and our private sector growth success. 

Burnley companies will take centre stage at the BIS Manufacturing Summit on the 19th June at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton and the ‘Manufacturing Matters NW’ event which takes place on the 25th June at the Salford City Stadium.

Bondholders  will be showcasing Burnley’s transformation which recently led the Business Secretary Vince Cable to say “If every other part of Britain was like Burnley we wouldn’t be talking about a recession” and the Business & Energy Minister, Michael Fallon to say;  “Burnley is leading the way on the economy”

Burnley sits at the heart of the world’s fourth largest aerospace cluster and is recognised as being at the forefront of advanced manufacturing in the UK. The town is home to several world class aerospace and automotive businesses succeeding on a global platform, renowned for making things and making things well.  Burnley is currently ranked 10th in the UK for private sector growth and 1st for the proportion of jobs in manufacturing – impressive statistics. Over £800 million of investment in infrastructure is underway with some of the largest development sites in Pennine Lancashire. Burnley has the infrastructure to support your business growth, we are open for business … come and take a closer look.

Global aerospace leaders, Kaman Aero Systems, recently opened their new UK Tooling Centre of Excellence in Burnley on the new Innovation Drive, Burnley’s new aerospace supply park. Kaman was attracted by Burnley’s manufacturing reputation and the opportunity to work alongside other aerospace companies and streamlining of supply chains. Their new site is one of a few facilities in the UK equipped with a state-of-the-art design suite for enhanced design and manufacturing and the largest  which will considerably increase  the capacity of Kaman Tooling, already a world-leading supplier of mould and assembly tooling,

Chair of the Burnley Bondholder Focus Group, and MD of world renowned and Oscar winning AMS Neve, designers and manufacturers of audio products to the film and music industry, said: “Burnley can compete on a level playing field with anywhere else in the world and get their quickly from Manchester Airport.

“I’ve run my successful global business for 33 years in Burnley with a highly skilled workforce and I’m looking forward to taking our message to this international business stage. Our manufacturing reputation is second to none and we have some of the largest sites in Pennine Lancashire for new build to attract new business and a pro-active business support environment.”

Helen Gopsill, HR Director Aircelle: “Aircelle is proud to be amongst a number of businesses that will be representing Burnley at the International Festival of Business in Liverpool. Along with our parent company Safran, we are involved in the Opening Ceremony and a number of our Directors will be attending and speaking at events during the festival. The focus of the global business community will be on Liverpool over the next two months, so we want to ensure we get the message across that Burnley is a regional centre of advanced manufacturing and a great place to work.”

Burnley Council’s Chief Executive, Steve Rumbelow, said: “Our strength is in advanced manufacturing and our vision is to make Burnley a regionally significant centre for advanced manufacturing and on this international business stage will be a fantastic opportunity for people to hear about us.”


About Burnley Bondholders

Established in 2009, the Burnley Bondholder Scheme was the first of its kind in the North West and the first in the UK to direct private sector contributions to promoting the town across the UK to attract new investment. The aim of the Bondholder scheme is to ensure more of the right people know that Burnley is a great place to live, work, visit and invest. The aim is to unite, influence and achieve. Enquiries have been received from throughout the UK from towns looking to emulate Burnley’s model for public and private sector partnership working. It was this partnership approach to growing Burnley’s economy which was heavily influential in Burnley securing the Most Enterprising Area in the UK Award. Burnley is home to several world class businesses and offers over 100 acres of prime business development land.

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