When: 08:30 – 10:00 Wednesday 30th May, light breakfast, teas and coffees served from 08:00

Where: SMMT Industry Forum, 2680 Kings Court, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham B37 7YE (see maps)

Price: Complimentary

Availability: Limited to 20 places maximum, first come first served basis


This informal breakfast briefing event is designed to benefit small and medium manufacturers. Attendees will learn about common challenges and pitfalls experienced by small and medium manufacturers when developing and implementing strategies, and how to avoid them.

The session will also give attendees a basic appreciation of some useful strategy development tools and the benefits they can bring as well as a chance to challenge and reflect on whether their current strategy is fit for purpose.


Who should attend?

Chief Executives, Managing Directors, Board Members, Company Owners, Operations or Supply Chain Directors of Small and Medium Manufacturers


What you’ll get out of it?

  • Understand what makes a good vision and strategy and the golden rules for success
  • Understand common challenges and pitfalls facing small and medium manufacturers when trying
  • to develop a vision and strategy, and how to overcome them
  • Learn about proven strategy development tools, when and how to use them, and the potential benefits they can bring
  • Share and discuss your challenges, ideas and solutions with like-minded peers
  • Opportunity to challenge yourself and reflect on whether your company strategy is fit for purpose
  • Networking with other Senior Manufacturing professionals


Session leader: Dr. Chris Owen, Chief Executive, SMMT Industry Forum.

Chris is a Mechanical Engineer who also holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing Business from the University of Cambridge and has more than 20 years industrial experience in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Chris has held many positions in manufacturing operations centred around quality, product, manufacturing process integrity in volume manufacturing and new product introduction and launch. After successful implementation of manufacturing operations and supply chain transformations in his own manufacturing plants, he then went on to become EAME Director Of Manufacturing for Caterpillar and drove the development and implementation of Caterpillar’s Production System, CPS, into 38 manufacturing locations across EAME.

Chris then moved to become the Global Quality Director for the Industrial Power Systems Division of Caterpillar based in the UK. After nearly 16 years of service Chris left Caterpillar in September 2011 to become the Chief Executive of SMMT Industry Forum and has been a practicing consultant for 6 years specialising in strategic consultancy for small & medium manufacturers.


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