Top 20 high value manufacturing hotspots in the UK published


Advanced Engineering has announced its ranking of the UK’s top high value manufacturing hotspots, with Sheffield securing the top spot. Sheffield narrowly beat last year’s winner, Bristol, by just two points. The full table is shown below.

The highest new entry this year is Cambridge, which comes in at number 4. Other new entrants are Northampton, Poole, Telford, Swindon, Banbury and Chesterfield. The biggest improvers in the table since last year were Milton Keynes, which moved from 10th to 3rd; Nottingham, which moved from 8th to 5th; and Leicester which moved up three places from 16th to 13th.

Alison Willis, industrial divisional director at Easyfairs, organiser of the show, said: “High value manufacturing provides highly paid, highly skilled jobs across the country, and our league table shows where the advanced engineering hotspots are. As we celebrate our 10th year, we are looking forward to seeing thousands of engineers and companies from these areas, and indeed more widely from around the UK and globally, to see at first-hand the latest developments in the industry.”

Advanced Engineering 2018, which takes place on the 31st of October and 1st of November at the NEC Birmingham, is one of the UK's largest annual gatherings of advanced engineering professionals. It connects the entire supply chain of the UK’s advanced engineering industry with R&D, design, test, production and procurement from large and small companies, through to top tier industry players in a two-day exhibition and high level conference.

The show brings together over 700 companies, as well as more than 15,000 engineers, procurement managers and senior decision makers from large and small companies – all looking to source, specify and invest in the most up-to-date products and explore the latest industry innovations.

Advanced Engineering 2018 includes six co-located zones under one roof: Aero Engineering, Composites Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Performance Metals Engineering, Connected Manufacturing, and new for 2018 – Nuclear Engineering.

Also new for this year, the show is supporting UK contractors by introducing a dedicated area on its show floor – the UK Contract Manufacturing zone. The UK subcontractor is facing growing competition from overseas presence and there is now a need more than ever, for the UK market to have the best platform to showcase these businesses. In order to support British industry, Advanced Engineering 2018 has initiated this dedicated and focused area.

Position Area Advanced Engineering Impact Score1
1 Sheffield 5111
2 Bristol 5109
3 Milton Keynes 4925
4 Cambridge 4862
5 Nottingham 4781
6 London 4733
7 Leeds/Yorkshire 4709
8 Liverpool 4652
9 Derby 4651
10 Northampton 4651
11 Poole 4513
12 Coventry 4506
13 Leicester 4455
14 Birmingham 4388
15 Southampton 4354
16 Manchester 4294
17 Telford 4243
18 Swindon 4054
19 Banbury 4052
20 Chesterfield 4003


1 Based on the number of visitors from the area at last year’s show and number of exhibitors registered to date, taking into account travel factors.

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