Our next Northern Crucible event will take place at 7pm on 20th February and I am very pleased to announce that Kevin Parkin ‘The Turnaround King’ will be joining us as a guest speaker. Kevin has been described as a “No Nonsense, hands-on general manager and turnaround professional.” He is an enthusiastic communicator and a believer that high quality communication, training and succession planning are key business drivers. In December 2015, Kevin led an MBI of Precision Technology International Ltd (PTI) a manufacturer of demanding power train components based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. In 2006, Kevin joined DavyMarkham, recruited and promoted a new management team who made a £1m profit turnaround in 18 months. He then led an MBO and resurrected the apprentice training scheme which had been abandoned twenty five years previously. Kevin is a Freeman of the Company of Cutlers, is an ex-Chairman of the work-wise Foundation and is a member of the Steering Group for the Advanced Metallic Systems PhD Program at Sheffield University.
Inaugural meeting of the Northern Crucible. Stimulating networking discussions and a very relevant talk on implications of Britain exiting the EU for the British industry and trade. The talk was delivered by the South Yorkshire International Trade Centre.
I would like to give you a preview of our guest speaker who will cover topics related to trade and export in the current climate. Based in Cape Town, Nick Patrick spent 4 years developing the Southern African market for his employer, a UK based Chemical manufacturing concern in Yorkshire. He then moved back to the UK but spent many years travelling around the globe. As a technical and commercial manager in manufacturing, Nick sought suitable agents, distributors and business partners in all manufacturing regions of the world. As head of the South Yorkshire International Trade Centre, Nick’s main concern is to provide a comprehensive International Trade package on a practical level for importers and exporters covering all aspects of doing business overseas. Over the past 2 years, SYITC have taken on board a specialism in world customs compliance in view of the Trusted Trader SAFE Framework for global trade initiative. SYITC offers practical help steering companies through the Brexit question, looking at damage limitation as well as the opportunities it will present.
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