Collaborate. Learn. Grow.

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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

Our unique Discussion Table format enables you to sit next to your peers and topic experts to share challenges, collaboratively develop solutions and have your questions answered first-hand. 

Focus on the topics that matter most to you as some of the UK’s most experienced practitioners and experts from respected manufacturing and technology companies facilitate the round table conversation. 

Each Discussion Table is co-hosted by two of our expert Discussion Leaders and is limited to a maximum of eight delegates. Each session lasts 60 minutes – enabling you to hear multiple industry perspectives, share your own, and ask questions in a discreet, collaborative environment. 

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Discussion Sessions

Why Attend

SME Growth Summit is the first Summit of the 2023 series providing a crash course in business growth tailored for the strategic leaders of SME manufacturers with a turnover <£100m.  It will focus on linking platforms and technologies to drive development of strategy, product, and the workforce.

The second Summit in the series will take place in Liverpool on 14-15 November and will complete the syllabus started here in Birmingham.

Dynamic Keynotes

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

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.


Researched and produced by The Manufacturer – we’ve been working with UK manufacturing SMEs for 25 years

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Connect your people with leaders of ambitious, growing SME businesses.

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.