Circular Thinking, School Engagement, and Succession Planning Best Practices

By Made In Group
schedule13th Oct 23

At October's Monthly Industry Meetup — which was held on Wednesday 11th September 2023 for members of Made in Group — three business leaders from Unison Ltd, RICOH UK Products and Rowan Precision shared their inspiring stories with attendees.

Alan Pickering, Managing Director at Unison Ltd, shared the remarkable journey of Scarborough Science and Engineering Week—an event that Unison pioneered to engage local schools in STEM. Attendees learned how this initiative has inspired over 33,000 students since its inception 14 years ago and cultivated a future workforce for skill-based careers.

Next, Robert Farr, Senior Engineer at RICOH UK Products, dived into the realm of circular thinking, In this illuminating session, Robert detailed the innovative Comet Circle concept, which forms the bedrock of RICOH's journey towards a circular economy. The Comet Circle encapsulates RICOH's commitment to sustainable manufacturing by encompassing the entire lifecycle of their products – from design to end-of-life considerations.

To conclude the talks section of this event, Jaz Khunkun, Commercial Director at Rowan Precision, discussed the essential elements of effective succession planning. With three decades of experience working closely with manufacturing clients at renowned financial institutions like NatWest, HSBC, and Barclays, Jaz is uniquely positioned to shed light on this critical business strategy. During this talk, Jaz guided attendees through the intricacies of succession planning, focusing on its practical applications and real-world significance.

Following these thought-provoking talks, attendees engaged in interactive virtual roundtable sessions with their fellow industry leaders, on the topics of their choice, in order to share and learn the latest best practice within UK industry.

Every month, Made in Group hold engaging talks from renowned speakers, focusing on key themes that shape the future of manufacturing. Our Meetup series covers a wide range of headline topics, including: Future Factories, Sustainable Manufacturing, Growth Strategies, and People & Skills. 

Our members can discover these expert talks, as well as a wide array of innovative best practice videos, by visiting Made U. Made U, short for Made University, is your home for best practice talks from the manufacturing community.

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