Cable adds backing to MAS’ showcase

CableRaptor300A lightweight hovercraft, an Olympic torch and the electric powered three-wheeler were among manufacturing innovations hailed by Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday.

Dr Cable was given a guided tour of the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s showcase of SME manufacturing excellence, currently on display at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Victoria Street Headquarters in London.

As well as meeting with senior figures from participating firms, the Business Secretary also used the exhibition to praise the role SME manufacturers were playing in the economic recovery.

Dr Cable said: “We are rightly proud of the manufacturing talent we have in this country, but larger household names are just part of the success story.

“There are more than 110,000 small to medium sized businesses, who are investing in developing new products and technologies that will be used across the world. This showcase gives visitors a firsthand glimpse of some great British success stories.

“The Government wants to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business. With the support of the Manufacturing Advisory Service, SMEs are overcoming challenges and identifying new opportunities, leading to increased sales and the creation of new jobs.”

The Manufacturing showcase runs until the end of this week and features seven companies and their products including:

Anglepoise (office and home lighting), Ashwood Products (timber shepherd huts for glamping), Alucast (manufacturer of the top and bottom caps for the Olympic torch), Ecospin (manufacturer of the electric powered Raptor), Flying Fish (lightweight hovercraft), Grillstream (new technology for BBQ and commercial cooking systems) and Kleenoil (fuel efficiency and emission reduction products)

The Showcase is open from 9am to 5.30pm until October 4th.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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