Who we are

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 83,500 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

Why we're involved

Barclays are delighted to be sponsoring Bradford Manufacturing Week in 2019, for the second year. After a successful launch in 2018, we are looking forward to working with the young people in the region to generate even more manufacturing opportunities, to engage, inspire and open their eyes to the realms of possibilities that they can follow for an exciting, successful career in manufacturing. Young people are the key to driving change and innovation in the sector to ensure that it remains globally competitive for our future generations.

Naylor Wintersgill
Who we are

Naylor Wintersgill is the largest independent firm of chartered accountants based in Bradford city centre. To support our continued growth across the region, Naylor Wintersgill also has a second city centre office at One Park Row in Leeds.

As a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; we are a trustworthy source of independent advice on a full range of business, audit, accounting and taxation matters. Our mission is to deliver quality professional services and support to our clients through a collaborative relationship built on trust and confidence. Working together, our aim is to create and develop successful, profitable individuals and organisations, achieving sustainable growth for the future.

Why we're involved

Managing Director Victoria Wainwright says, “We’re proud to have been supporting our clients, many of whom are part of the local manufacturing community in Bradford, for over 100 years now. Through our sponsorship and active involvement in Bradford Manufacturing Weeks, we’re keen to inspire and engage with students in local area; helping to showcase the diverse range of career opportunities available and ultimately attract more young talent into apprenticeships and roles within manufacturing businesses, addressing the skills gap in the sector.”

Who we are

Gordons is a law firm that values relationships above all, because we know they underpin our continued success and that of our clients. We work in partnership with businesses and individuals needing fast, effective legal advice. We clarify rather than complicate, rapidly identifying issues and creating opportunities for our clients.

Established in Bradford in 1844, we have a history of working with local manufacturers. We understand how manufacturer clients operate, what makes them successful and what keeps them up at night. This enables us to provide clear and practical legal advice for the issues and opportunities they’re faced with.

Why we're involved

The manufacturing sector is diverse, but we are experienced in working with businesses across the spectrum from automotive and chemical to food and drink and everything in between. Whether you need advice or support on commercial contracts, protecting IP assets, health & safety, regulatory, mergers & acquisitions, employment & HR issues, property or disputes, our manufacturing team can help.

“Following the outstanding success of BMW18, we jumped at the chance to be a part of this initiative again for 2019. The event showcases the innovation and excellence the region’s manufacturers have to offer, whilst creating opportunities to engage with young people and highlight the variety of roles and opportunities within the industry. We are proud to support BMW19 as it will ensure today’s manufacturers, and those of tomorrow, are both recognised and inspired.”

Duncan Firman, Partner, Gordons LLP

Mitton Group
Who we are

Mitton Group enjoys an established reputation as one of the UK’s leading names in building services, providing professional and comprehensive mechanical and electrical building services solutions for new and existing structures, serving clients nationwide.

The Group brings together a unique mix of contracting, aftercare, environmental management and climate control divisions and is consistently at the forefront of innovation and development in the building services industry.

Mitton is committed to continuous investment in infrastructure, people and skills, securing a strong position for the Group in the building services industry, Working closely with clients, Mitton Group finds the drivers most applicable to their businesses, engineering solutions designed to achieve their goals.

Providing a cohesive, joined-up approach bringing together practical, informed solutions to meet commercial requirements, Mitton Group is committed to achieving environmentally responsible, cost effective systems contributing to client profitability.

Why we're involved

As a Bradford-based business, Mitton Group believes in the future potential for the city. It is the fifth largest economy in the Northern Powerhouse, and Mitton Group is one of more than 17,000 businesses calling this culturally diverse city its home.

Mitton supports the role played by Bradford Manufacturing Week in showcasing manufacturing excellence around the city. Bradford University is one of the country’s higher ranking educational establishments, with a proven track record in inspiring young talent, and with a working age population predicted to grow to 24,000 by 2024, the city has the manpower to fuel further growth and promote manufacturing as a versatile and rewarding career.

Dale Carnegie
Who we are

With over 100 years of proven success, Dale Carnegie is the industry leader and a true benchmark in professional training and development solutions. Working globally to engage, enable and empower people in business to drive performance, whilst also uncovering unsuspected potential in others, Dale Carnegie is an expert in developing the skills and habits needed to drive innovation and sustain performance change throughout organisations.

Why we're involved

Of being involved with Bradford Manufacturing Week, Kirsty Tagg said: “We feel incredibly privileged to be involved with an initiative that truly aims to unlock the potential of young people in the Bradford district. By helping the young people to have an awareness, understanding and interest in manufacturing, it allows them to fully consider their options and make an informed decision about their future career. In manufacturing, like in most sectors, having the skills to be able to communicate, think innovatively and drive performance is crucial. With our expertise, we will help to equip Bradford’s young people with those skills from the very start of their career journey.”

Who we are

E3 Recruitment (E3R) is at the forefront of manufacturing and engineering recruitment in Yorkshire and the UK. We specialise in permanent, temporary and contract recruitment, from shop floor staff level through to senior exec appointments. E3R’s specialist sector teams work in partnership with candidates and clients, offering continuity of contacts with consultants who offer an in-depth knowledge of your industry. E3R sectors include; General Manufacturing, Automotive & Fleet, Food & FMCG, Building & Construction Products, Chemical & Pharmaceutical, Energy & Utilities, Oil & Gas and Aerospace. E3R’s Commercial Team supports all eight sectors with Accountancy and Finance, Human Resources, Business Support, Procurement, Sales and Marketing roles for our manufacturing and engineering clients.

Why we're involved

Andrew Joseph E3R Director commented: “E3R’s passion to help bridge the skills gap was founded from the Directors personal experience back in 2013, when seeking careers guidance for their children who were exploring the options that were available to them when leaving school. It was during this process that we discovered the void around schools and students’ knowledge, based upon the career opportunities that can be associated with a career in manufacturing.

“To address the skills gap manufacturing and engineering faces, it is more important than ever that we promote our industry to young people, advising them on the opportunities and careers that are open to them. Last year we supported Bradford Manufacturing Week by delivering assemblies to young people sharing this message. In March we exhibited at Get up to Speed with STEM for the second year, which brings together manufacturing and engineering companies to showcase the work they do, the careers they can offer, and promote STEM subjects to young people.”

University of Bradford
Who we are

The University of Bradford has been a centre of excellence in teaching and research for over 50 years. Our academic and industry experts are shaping the future of their sectors, in world-class facilities. Our graduates are global in their perspective, capable in their abilities, and highly employable.

96% of our research is rated world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised.  Our innovative programmes rank alongside some of the best in the world, and we’ve invested around £200 million on student facilities and high-tech learning environments in the last few years.

Why we're involved

We are very proud of our diverse and entrepreneurial City.  We already work closely with local Schools, employers, and public services.  We support schools to find the right career paths for their pupils, we help employers find quality graduates and use our research and teaching to innovate and develop their companies, and we work with the Council and the NHS to improve the lives of people living in the City. 

Bradford Manufacturing Week is an extension of our commitment to the City.  Manufacturing fits very well with our range of academic expertise in digital health, medical and automotive engineering, digital manufacturing, chemistry and chemical engineering, and pharmaceutical technology.  BMW was a great success last year, so we didn’t hesitate to get involved as sponsors again this year. We are looking forward to being part of helping young people get enthused about the potential of manufacturing, and supporting local manufacturers to prosper.




Our Sponsors

BarclaysNaylor WintersgillGordonsMitton GroupDale CarnegieE3RUniversity of Bradford