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Marketing Leaders Summit


Bootcamp for Brittelstand

SME Growth Summit is the industry event for manufacturing founders, owners and their management teams – produced to equip them with the ideas, connections and examples they need to scale up their business. The people, processes and financing that gets start-ups off the ground are not the same as those that take promising SMEs to the next level. 

There is no doubt that there will be strong economic headwinds over the next two or three years and this summit will help you navigate these headwinds and emerge more efficient, sustainable and profitable than before. 

Manufacturing SME leaders succeed by encountering new and better ways of working – knowing when to bootstrap their growth, and when to invest into demand. 

The Manufacturer magazine has been working with UK manufacturing SMEs for 30 years – providing them with the knowledge and tools to be successful. SME Growth Summit is the perfect platform to engage with your peers with the ambition to build their businesses, with three key streams: People, Platform and Processes. 

Are your people and processes ready to scale? Which financing method is right for your business? Does your reach exceed your grasp?

A Unique Conference Format

Our unique Discussion Table format enables you to sit next to your peers and topic experts to share challenges, collaboratively develop solutions and have your questions answered first-hand. 

Focus on the topics that matter most to you as some of the UK’s most experienced practitioners and experts from respected manufacturing and technology companies facilitate the round table conversation. 

Each Discussion Table is co-hosted by two of our expert Discussion Leaders and is limited to a maximum of eight delegates. Each session lasts 60 minutes - enabling you to hear multiple industry perspectives, share your own, and ask questions in a discreet, collaborative environment. 

What will you learn from SME Growth Summit?

Hear success stories from fast-growing SMEs in the manufacturing sector.Talk business strategy, product development, and breaking into markets with your peers.Understand best practice for revolutionising your workforce to create a high-performance business.Get advice and hear from the experts on how to access the funding you need - we’ve done the research, let us help you. 

Dynamic Keynotes
Hear from a host of international world-class speakers on the main stage from the biggest brands
Insights, Best Practice, Knowlege
Find answers to the biggest issues affecting industry, with over 30 topics covered across the two days
Peer to Peer Interaction
Share insights with and learn from your fellow delegates in our Discussion Table breakout sessions
See the software and hardware in action at the co-located Smart Factory Expo - Industry's Biggest Digital Manufacturing Show
We've been attracting the leaders of manufacturing for 14 years - setting the industrial agenda with contributions from the CEOs of UK FT500 companies, entrepreneurial high-growth ‘Gazelles’, and some of the finest minds from academia
Researched and produced by The Manufacturer - we've been at the heart of the sector providing real insights for almost 30 years


Speakers from the following brands include:


Choose Your Topics

Choose between 15 Discussion Tables for a 60-minute interactive Q&A, with a respected manufacturer and a technology expert acting as Discussion Leaders. The content themes cover all aspects pertinent to scaling an SME. You will have the opportunity to choose 4 of the following content themes: 


  • Making Apprenticeships Work
  • Developing Leadership Capabilities
  • Building an Engaged Workforce
  • Embedding Company Cultures & Values
  • Digital Skills
  • Talent Acquisition


  • Investment Finance
  • Accessing Grants
  • Export Excellence
  • Growth Through Acquisitions
  • eCommerce
  • Product Innovation
  • Building a Sales Engine


  • Automation for Productivity
  • Built to Last: Scalable Systems
  • Sustainability for Competitiveness
  • Customer Loyalty
  • Change Management
  • Risk Management

Agenda Overview

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Exclusive Preview of Smart Factory Expo
Time to visit the co-located Smart Factory Expo before the official show open. See the hardware and software in action that will drive your business forward in the digital age.
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Morning Plenary
Two keynotes & a 5 minute idea delivered by truly inspirational industry leaders.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Discussion Table Session

Deep-dive into your chosen topic with expert discussion leaders and your fellow delegates.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Panel Debate

A lively discussion with a cross section of manufacturing industry pespectives.  

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Network with colleagues over a delicious hot lunch.
1.15 PM - 2:00 PM
Afternoon Plenary

Two keynotes & a 5 minute idea delivered by truly inspirational industry leaders.

2:00 PM - 3:00PM
Discussion Table Session

Deep-dive into your chosen topic with expert discussion leaders and your fellow delegates.

3:05 PM - 5:00 PM
Smart Factory Expo Visit
Time to visit the co-located Smart Factory Expo. Visit the stands, arrange meetings, join the networking drinks.

"SME Growth Summit really does allow for some of the best talent to pool ideas and showcase their hard work and liaise for new business relationships. Fantastic opportunities and fortuitous rapports seemed plentiful and I have no doubt next year's show will have even more to offer."

Thank you to the SME Growth Summit 2022Sponsors



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