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SME Growth Summit is the industry event for manufacturing founders, owners and their management teams – produced to equip them with the ideas, connections and examples they need to scale up their business. The people, processes and financing that gets start-ups off the ground are not the same as those that take promising SMEs to the next level.

There is no doubt that there will be strong economic headwinds over the next two or three years and this summit will help you navigate these headwinds and emerge more efficient, sustainable and profitable than before. 

A Unique Conference Format

The SME Growth Summit has long stood as the premier industry event for manufacturing founders, owners, and their management teams, offering invaluable insights, connections, and real-world examples essential for scaling up businesses.

Traditionally focused on manufacturers with turnovers under £100m, the Summit’s targeted content resonated with attendees, addressing their unique challenges and opportunities. However, ongoing research by The Manufacturer indicates that smaller manufacturers now encounter challenges akin to their larger counterparts, owing to the transformative impact of digital technologies.

In response to this industry shift, The Manufacturer is adapting its approach. Growth Streams will now feature content tailored specifically for SMEs within Manufacturing Digitalisation Summit (June) and Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit (November). This adjustment reflects the industry-wide phenomenon of “leveling-up” brought about by digital transformation.

For SME manufacturers seeking specialised insights, we also invite you to explore our dedicated summits: Industrial Data Summit (June) and Automation & Robotics Summit (June).

Links to all these events are provided below.

SME Growth Summit is part of 



Manufacturing Digitalisation Summit
Industrial Data Summit
Manufacturing Leaders' Summit

Why Attend

SME Growth is tailored exclusively for the visionary leaders driving growth in SME manufacturing companies with a turnover below £100 million. Our new approach grants SME manufacturers direct access to industry trailblazers, empowering them with invaluable insights typically reserved for larger enterprises. This enables the creation of tailored solutions specifically designed to elevate their businesses.

Dynamic Keynotes

Hear from a host of international world-class speakers on the main stage

Insights, Best Practice, Knowledge

Find answers to the biggest issues affecting industry, with 12 topics covered across the two days

Peer to Peer Interaction

Share insights with and learn from your fellow delegates in our Discussion Table breakout sessions


Taking place as part of Manufacturing + Engineering Week, see the software and hardware in action at the other co-located events: Smart Factory Expo; Design + Engineering Expo; Maintec; and Drives & Controls


With SME Growth Summit now in it’s third year, we are paving the way for SME leaders to succeed by encountering new and better ways of working – knowing when to bootstrap their growth, and when to invest into demand.


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SME Growth Summit is The Manufacturer’s dedicated SME conference – and the perfect platform for you to engage with the senior leaders of growing British companies between £20m-£100m in turnover.