The Made in Group Expo's return for 2020 - showcasing a community of manufacturers

The Made in Group Expo's return for 2020 - showcasing a community of manufacturers

9th January 2020

Made in Group Expos in the Midlands and Yorkshire are set to be successful with over 220 members exhibiting in the Midlands and over 80 exhibiting in Yorkshire so far. 

Back and bigger than ever, The Made in Yorkshire Expo and The Made in the Midlands Expo will showcase a wide range of manufacturers, engineers and more in 2020. The MiY event, which takes place on Thursday 21st May at the Centenary Pavilion in Leeds, is set to be the company’s biggest ever as the #MIYFamily continues to grow. In the name of championing British manufacturing and showing the best things truly Made in Yorkshire.


The Made in the Midlands Expo will also prove to be a thriving event as the UK’s largest Regional Manufacturing and Engineering Exhibition, along with having the biggest collection of Midlands manufacturers under the same roof. In previous years, examples of cutting edge technology were presented such as collaborative robots and metalworking fluid. 


Taking place on Wednesday 1st July 2020 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, the MiM Expo is guaranteed to be one of the largest manufacturing and networking opportunities this year. Over 2,500 industry leaders are set to attend from across the Midlands engineering and manufacturing supply chain. In addition to the manufacturers showcasing at each event, visitors will also be able to join in with the seminars that’ll take place throughout the day. These will be by industry leaders on topics such as the Skills Gap, Industry 4.0, International Trade, and Manufacturing.


The Made in Group, including Made in the Midlands and Made in Yorkshire, evolved from an editorial campaign in the pages of the Business Report - a business publication and exists to challenge the erosion of British industry and spread positive news about the manufacturing sector. 


10 years later, the Made in Group is one of the biggest manufacturing membership groups in the UK, with over 500 members in total. Members are given access to their own website platform, or microsite, and blogging platform on the MiM or MiY platform. This gives members the opportunity to share news, message other members and advertise on other members microsites. Along with the opportunity to showcase their products and services at the Made in Group exhibitions, members are also able to access regular best practice events with fellow members to network and share best practice all year round. 


Made in the Midlands Gold member Wrekin sheet Metal have been a member since 2015, and have seen great success from being part of the Expo in 2019. Wrekin Sheetmetal offers a bespoke design service to enable customers to specify their exact requirements.


Simon Orpe, Director of Wrekin sheet metal, said he received high-quality leads from the event with one of their biggest sales being worth £50,000. He added:


“The quality of the leads we received from the 2019 Expo was tremendous, the event is great because it is focused on gaining new businesses and potentially finding new suppliers.” 


“One of the first leads we looked at was an order worth £30,000.” 


Simon also mentioned that this allowed the company to establish relationships with other members exhibiting.


“As we are exhibiting in 2020, we are looking forward to the event being bigger and better.” 

A new Made in the Midlands member, Hitherbest - a sheet metal fabricator, will be exhibiting at the MiM Expo for the first time. Dr Nicky Evans, Owner and Director, at Hitherbest, said:

“The team at Hitherbest are really excited to have the chance to showcase our fabrication and powder coating capabilities at the Made in the Midlands Expo. At Hitherbest we are really proud of our reputation for quality workmanship and exceptional customer service; the expo is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet like-minded businesses from across our region and discuss ways in which we can work together.”

Made in Yorkshire member Airmaster Air Conditioning offer every aspect of mechanical services and maintenance and have exhibited at the MiY expo for the past two years, 2018 and 2019. Managing Director Lisa Pogson hopes to bring more interactive products to the stand this year:


“These days, people want more than leaflets, this year we hope to bring more interactive equipment so visitors can see how our products function.” 


Summing up what the Expo is all about, Founder and CEO of the Made in Group, Jason Pitt said: 


“The Expos demonstrates the strength of the manufacturing and engineering sectors and the confidence among business leaders despite the continuing economic uncertainty in the UK.” 


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