Growth Lab Sunderland: Engineering and Manufacturing

Organiser: North East BIC

How to overcome the sector’s big challenges

Struggling to recruit and retain the right skills in a candidate-short market? Facing an ageing workforce and an aching skills gap? And what about your sales and marketing strategy? Is it really maximising your growth opportunities? The sector’s big challenges are no big secret, but now let’s talk solutions.

Growth Lab Sunderland

Real, relevant and relatable

Join us to hear from a panel of local business leaders who are finding innovative ways to overcome these and other pertinent issues.

In this relaxed session, discover how to attract new talent, cut recruitment costs, reduce over-reliance on existing customers and strengthen your marketing offer.

This deep dive into the sector will leave you with new ideas, increased confidence and renewed energy to help you supercharge your growth.


9:30am – 10am Networking and refreshments
10am – 12pm Speakers

Meet the speakers

Growth Lab Sunderland

Pete Wilkinson

Rachel Skeoch

Rachel Skeoch

Andrew Howe

Andrew Howe

Laurence Provost

Laurence Provost

Pete Wilkinson, panel host

Founder and CEO, Reclaro

Sunderland-born Pete is obsessed with helping ambitious companies and business leaders nail their strategy execution using a variety of tools and frameworks of software developer Reclaro.

Rachel Skeoch

Director, Truenorth Marketing

Truenorth helps engineering and manufacturing firms strengthen their marketing skills to cultivate sustainable growth. As a CIM accredited B2B marketing consultant, Rachel has worked with startups and scaleups to global FTSE 250 firms. Having managed marketing and communication strategies for leading regional brands, she knows the sector inside out.

Andrew Howe

Operations Director, Turnmill Engineering

With decades of combined engineering experience, Turnmill’s highly skilled team of engineers and production operatives support clients to create products and improve manufacture. With 35 years of engineering experience, Andrew oversees all operational aspects of the business, helps set strategic goals and looks after Turnmill’s customers.

Laurence Provast

Finance Director, Dyer Engineering

Laurence has responsibility for all aspects of Dyer Engineering’s finances, helping the company create sustainable employment in the north east. With over 47 years of experience and expert knowledge, Dyer Engineering is a partner to global organisations, specialising in the fabrication and machining of a wide variety of metal components. 

Growth Lab Sunderland

Growth Lab Sunderland

The event is part of Growth Lab Sunderland, a brand-new series of events designed to inspire and educate Sunderland-based business owners and leaders with ambition to grow. Held in a fun, friendly and inclusive environment, Growth Lab Sunderland events take place at different venues across the Sunderland City Council area and feature local businesspeople sharing how they introduced innovative new ways to survive and thrive.

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Growth Lab events are fully-funded by the BIC’s Enterprising Sunderland programme and open to Sunderland-based businesses.

We’d love to see you there! To register, just fill in your details below. We’ll check your eligibility and get right back to you with next steps.

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Growth Lab: Engineering and Manufacturing

How to overcome the sector’s big challenges

17th June 2024, 09:30-12.00
Washington Business Centre, 2 Turbine Way, Sunderland, SR5 3NZ

Register your interest and we’ll get back to you with next steps.

As a fully funded programme for Sunderland businesses, we need to check eligibility and ask you to complete a short registration form. Thank you!

This event is part of the Enterprising Sunderland programme, delivered by the North East BIC and funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Places are limited and priority is given to businesses located in Sunderland.
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