Rt. Hon. Mr Michael Fallon MP
From: National Manufacturing Debate 2013, Cranfield University.
21st May 2013
21 May 2013 Manufacturing channel
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Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise
The National Manufacturing Debate is an annual event hosted by Cranfield University. The event brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry, and encourage networking and collaboration across the sector to enable continued and long-term growth. Now into its fourth successful year, this FREE event will take place over two days, 20 and 21 May 2013.
The UK will drop from its current ranking as 15th most competitive manufacturing nation to 19th over in five years' time, and will be increasingly challenged to maintain a competitive edge by emerging nations such as Brazil and India, according to the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report from Deloitte. This timely event will therefore examine whether the UK really needs a manufacturing strategy, what such a strategy should include and who should deliver it.
Rt. Hon. Mr Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise
Michael Fallon was appointed Privy Counsellor and Minister of State for Business and Enterprise in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in September 2012. His responsibilities cover several business sectors, including low carbon economy, low emission vehicles, electronics, small business, enterprise and access to finance, competitiveness and economic growth, deregulation and better regulation, regional and local economic development (including Grants for Business Investment), business support, Olympic legacy, export licensing, Royal Mail, general oversight of Shareholder Executive and its portfolios, Commons spokesman on Trade and Investment.
Michael is a former director of four companies: Quality Care Homes plc (nursing homes), and Just Learning Ltd (nurseries) and Attendo AB (Scandinavian social and health care) (resigned April 2012) and Tullett Prebon plc (inter-dealing broking) (resigned September 2012).
Michael is a regular writer and broadcaster on politics, economics and education. His publications include The Caravan Moves On, The Quango Explosion, Sovereign Members, and Brighter Schools. He is also chairman of the All-Party Classics Group.
His keynote presentation at the National Manufacturing Debate 2013 is titled 'Made in Britain'