Manufacturing businesses enjoyed a packed programme at the Greater Lincolnshire Manufacturing Conference, learning how to make their organisations more sustainable to achieve Net Zero.

After a three-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, the annual conference was held at Kenwick Park Hotel in Louth on 20th May and the focus was on ‘de-risking for a sustainable future’.

Organised by Business Lincolnshire in partnership with NatWest and sponsored by Greater Lincolnshire Engineering and Manufacturing (GLEAM) network, the event was free to manufacturing business leaders across the Lincolnshire and Rutland region, aiming to provide a better understanding of sustainable business practices.

The conference gave industry leaders the opportunity to discuss multiple topics, such as the practicalities of carbon capture and storage and sustainability in the supply chain, and providied insights into taking the first steps towards becoming net-zero. The day also included interactive workshops which allowed delegates to network and discuss sustainable practices within their own business models.

After lunch, local manufacturers Micronclean and Wolds Manufacturing Services provided exclusive tours to round off the event, offering delegates the opportunity to explore their on-site facilities and share advice on sustainable business practices.

Bob Eyre, Director at Eyre Trailers, attended the conference and said: "It was a fantastic event in every respect... meeting like-minded people, people who can help progress our varied types of business and those at the sharp end who have their daily load to carry.”

Samantha Harrison, Head of the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We were thrilled to see the return of the Greater Lincolnshire Manufacturing Conference and were so pleased to be able to host the event in a beautiful setting for the first time in three years!

“Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland has a strong and productive manufacturing and engineering sector, currently employing 66,000 workers, and contributing £4.76 billion – 20% of our total economic value. This conference plays a vital role in our region’s manufacturing community by providing opportunities for people to network, share ideas and seek out solutions to common challenges, and to hear about new developments from industry leaders.

“The event was a great success, but if any local manufacturing businesses missed the conference, we have a number of industry support programmes on offer year-round, so please get in touch with our team to discuss.”