James at the International Festival for Business promoting Made in Britain

Made In Britain MarqueThe International Festival in Liverpool is soon to be drawing to a close but not before the Made in the UK conference and awards, begin held at the BT convention centre located on Liverpool s famous waterfront. The Made in the UK part of the IFB, being organised by Insider magazine, is being held over the 21st and 22nd of July where I will be there manning the exhibition stand and attending the awards dinner in my capacity as a director of the Made in Britain Campaign. Needless to say, if you are in the area please come and say hello.

The Made in Britain campaign is working hard to establish a definitive mark for British made goods and since we launched in January we have gained over 350 members, which include some very well known names including Marshall amplification and Mathmos. It is anticipated that we will have closer to 1000 members by the end of this year. So, if you are a British manufacturer, of any size, and have yet to sign up, please join the revolution! Your membership will make a big difference.

The+Beatles+-+A+Hard+Day's+Night+-+MEMORABILIA-356898Anyway, the IFB has been a 2 month long event in and around the Liverpool area designed to attract business to and from the UK. It has attracted visitors from around the world and David Cameron and his gang have even made the odd appearance or two. However, having been monitoring the event in the press, it has been very little publicised, especially down here in the South East. This is arguably the biggest business event happening in the world right now but I have seen little more than a couple of lines in the papers about it. You cannot help but think that has it been happening in London it would have received far more attention. However, I for one am looking forward to spending a long weekend in the beautiful city of Liverpool.

One more thing that I am very excited about is that our stand at the exhibition is directly opposite the Bloodhound supersonic car which is being displayed  as a centerpiece to the event. For those that don’t know about this British engineering marvel I wrote about it here. Expect some very excited selfie Tweets of me and the car during the event.

On the final evening of the exhibition there is a swanky awards dinner with loads of gongs being given out. The main award will undoubtedly be British manufacturer of the year and, dont tell anyone, but I will be rooting for Ebac to win.

Whatever the outcome of the awards it is sure to be a ‘hard days night’ in Liverpool on the campaign trail for made in Britain. [good pun, eh?]

– James

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