The Hull & East Yorkshire Manufacturers Network was formed in March 2023 to help champion the manufacturing base of the region, and to connect manufacturing firms with best practice advice, guidance, industry insight, peer support and networking opportunities.

About the Network

The Network will support the growth and prosperity of the Hull and East Yorkshire manufacturing sector, by bringing together manufacturing firms to share best practice, develop knowledge, champion the sector, and raise awareness of trading challenges and issues.

Membership is free of charge for any business engaged in manufacturing in the Hull & East Yorkshire region, and the Network welcomes firms from a variety of manufacturing sub-sectors including fabrication, tooling, chemicals production, food production, leisure home & caravan manufacture, and much else besides.

As the Network has been established to support the development and growth of manufacturing firms – primarily via peer learning – we must advise that professional services firms, business consultants, and training providers are not permitted to join the network or attend events, unless expressly invited to do so by the Network.

Aims of the Network

Network members agreed the following aims in June 2023:

  1. To share insights, best practice, guidance, and advice to help the growth and development of HEY manufacturing firms, via workshops, site visits and peer learning
  2. To develop a better understanding of the manufacturing capabilities of the region and champion the region’s manufacturing sector
  3. To provide a “unified voice” for the manufacturing sector in Hull & East Yorkshire, and to lobby local and central government, training providers, and other key stakeholder bodies on relevant issues facing the sector
  4. To provide networking opportunities between Hull & East Yorkshire manufacturing firms
  5. To support workforce upskilling of member businesses
  6. To disseminate amongst members relevant and appropriate information on local events, funding, support projects and regulatory changes.

How to Get Involved

If you’re a manufacturer and would like to join the network, then please book to attend any of our events, or contact to be added to the members circulation list. Membership is free and there is no registration process.

Upcoming Events

February Meeting – Mini Workshop: Bridge the Gap: Analyse the Overlap Between Staff Skills and Business Needs

3pm-5pm Wednesday 28th February, ergo Business Centre, Bridgehead Business Park, Hessle, HU13 0GD

The workshop will be delivered by Mark Greenhouse, MD of Levantar Consulting over 45 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A discussion session.

This mini workshop will explore:

  • How to assess real staff skills – using skills assessments & employee feedback to map actual workforce capabilities and strengths
  • Inexperience to experience – How to design robust onboarding programmes, offer bite-sized training modules to upskills existing staff, and pairing existing staff with newcomers for knowledge transfer
  • Skills analysis for growth – map your workforce skillsets to growth areas, and encourage new skillsets and skills diversification

There will also be opportunities to network and meet with other members of the HEY Manufacturing Network at this event, with light refreshments available.

For more information and to book your place, please visit our Eventbrite listing here.

To learn more about the Network, please contact the HEY Growth Hub at