Business Breakfast Event – Support for Manufacturing Businesses

Friday 4 April 2014

Support for Manufacturing – Clydesdale Bank
Economic Recovery & Accessing Finance to Exploit Opportunities                                   
Carnegie Conference Centre – 27th May 2014



Manufacturing throughout the UK, continues to lead the way and is essential to ensure sustained economic recovery.  Fife’s manufacturing and engineering sectors still remain a very important contributor to GVA and their size is still large relative to other areas of Scotland.  This continues to offer Fife a competitive advantage, compared to the Scottish average.
The Engineering manufacturing sector is a corner stone of Scotland’s economy, it is an essential element of continued recovery and growth for Scotland and the UK.    

Access to finance/funding continues to be a key issue for businesses. Although confidence is returning to the business sector in general there is much to be done to restore confidence in the banks and improve business relationships. Many banks are working hard to address the issues identified and build positive relationships with businesses.

Tom Vosa, Chief Economist with Clydesdale Bank/National Australia Bank will give an overview of the UK engineering/manufacturing sectors performance and key factors influencing future prospects and growth.        

This information session at Carnegie Conference Centre will allow you to find out about the overall manufacturing sector performance from an economic view point, sources of business finance, what the banks are doing to help businesses access funding/finance and how to prepare a better case for support.

Spaces at the session are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis, pre-registration is essential to ensure a place. Contact to pre-register providing names and contact information of all attending.

Session Programme

08.00    Registration and buffet breakfast
08.30    Welcome & Introduction – John Penman, Fife Economy Partnership Member
08.35     Manufacturing is Crucial to Sustainable Economic Recovery - Tom Vosa, Chief Economist, Clydesdale Bank.   
09.20    Business Case Study – Access to Finance
09.50    Q&A Facilitation Session – Pamela Stevenson, Fife Council Economic Development 
10.15    Close and Network Opportunity