Manufacturers who believe the Government is doing nothing for them will get the chance to quiz the head of a DTI strategy group at a manufacturing summit in Telford in September.
The first outputs from the Government body responsible for delivering its manufacturing strategy will be presented to The Manufacturer Live 2005 event at the Telford International Centre on September 28.
Delegates will be able to ask searching questions about the work of the DTI-backed Manufacturing Forum when it reports back on its progress to date in a special panel session.
With the first birthday of the Manufacturing Forum approaching, Kevin Smith, its joint chairman, who is chief executive of GKN, will present the forum's priorities and work done so far.
The other joint chairman is manufacturing minister Alan Michael. The Forum was launched in December last year to take forward the Government's manufacturing strategy. It has divided its work to date on three priority areas: skills, public procurement, and the image of manufacturing.
The two day Manufacturer Live 2005 event will be attended by more than 2,000 manufacturing decision makers who will hear from more than 50 speakers from leading companies hosting workshops, seminars and debates on UK manufacturing's big issues. There will be a series of seminars and workshops on skills and human resource issues on both days with input from Airbus, Coca-Cola, Land Rover and Jaguar, and Unilever.
Glen White, group chief executive of Conquest Business Media which organises the Telford event said the special panel session to discuss the work of the Manufacturing Forum was a valuable opportunity to ask searching questions.
"They will be able to ask questions of one of the men in charge, and make their views known on the key manufacturing issues."