Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, will be speaking at the Insider Made in the Midlands Awards on the 1st November 2012, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.
The event, which will be hosted by Today presenter Justin Webb, brings together companies from the East and West Midlands in order to celebrate the region’s very best in innovative design, manufacturing and product development.
Aga Rangemaster Chief Executive William McGrath will also be speaking at the event.
The six award categories for Insider Made in the Midlands are:
- Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year
- Manufacturing Innovation Award
- Export Award
- Technology Transfer Award
- Manufacturing Personality of the Year
- Manufacturing Company of the Year Award
Margot is an entrepreneur by background who, in her political role, also serves as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Green, Minister for Trade and Investment. She will speak about the historical and contemporary importance of manufacturing to the Midlands, the task of transforming the image of manufacturing, and the government’s policies to encourage growth.
Margot said: “I am thoroughly looking forward to speaking at this prestigious event and celebrating some of the achievements of manufacturing companies from the Midlands over the past year. Representing a constituency in the Black Country, and having grown up in Coventry, I am very aware of heritage and crucial importance of manufacturing for our region.
People who don’t work in the sector often have an outdated view of manufacturing, but things have moved on hugely and the sector is now a big part of the knowledge-based economy involving the use of advanced technology. I certainly know of companies in my constituency of Stourbridge that have successfully innovated and adapted, and are reaping the rewards as a result. So I am honoured to be a part of these awards which will shine a well deserved light on the wide range of manufacturing success stories we have here.”