There were over 140 delegates at the SiG Better Practice Event this month held at the International Centre in Telford. The day began with Oliver Towers President, Dowty Propellors, GE Aviation who highlighted the significant growth potential in Civil Aerospace and the need to rise to the operational and competitive challenges expected.
Key speakers included Erik Britton, Director from Fathom Consulting who gave an overview of the UK economy where he proposed that “Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it’s almost everything”. He noted “There has been no improvement in UK productivity since the Great Recession seven years ago …which emphasises the urgency of programmes like SiG”. Jamie Hamilton of Deloitte’s complemented this with information on the potential export market available to beneficiaries.”
AGC Yeovil, AGC Derby, Stone Foundries and CW Fletcher all kindly presented their improvements to date. Stone Foundries, MD John Townsend said “We have achieved some amazing results.”
The event included a hosted tour of Ricoh’s facility and great insights into the development of its UK company through consistent focus on and engagement of their employees.
Andy Page, CEO SiG, highlighted the ambition of the beneficiaries on the programme: “Productivity improvement is committed to increase 5% year on year by the beneficiaries on the SiG programme.”
The event celebrated that SiG has won a conditional offer for more RGF funding providing more opportunities for beneficiaries to join the programme.