KIRKLEES business leaders have been invited to attend a major conference – and join calls for the government to use its spring Budget to spur industrial-led growth.
Local manufacturers are being urged to drive home the message when Chancellor George Osborne is speaker at the EEF National Manufacturing Conference in London on March 6.
Business Secretary Vince Cable and Opposition leader Ed Miliband are also confirmed as keynote conference speakers.
EEF chief executive Terry Scuoler said: “The timing of the conference, just ahead of the Budget, is absolutely critical.
“It will be a powerful rally call to government to place manufacturing at the heart of its strategy for growth and to present a visionary Budget that bolsters economic recovery through bold measures to support industrial expansion and international trade.
“Our conference theme is ‘Competitiveness in the Global Economy’ and it will be a rare opportunity for the country’s manufacturing leaders to gather together to challenge political decision makers on the issues that matter most, share best practice, stimulate debate, solve problems, and gain industry insights and connections.”
Delegates will debate issues such as UK manufacturing competitiveness, government policies to promote growth and support manufacturing and key areas such as tax, skills, regulation and energy.
Go to www.manufacturing conference.co.uk