Re-launch of South West Innovative Manufacturing forum

By Anita Jaynes on 10 February, 2015

Bristol-based accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP, has relaunched the South West Innovative Manufacturing (SWIM) forum, after forging a new collaboration with Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking to help drive the project.

Lloyds Bank has joined founders BDO and existing partner EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, in delivering the regional initiative designed to promote and celebrate the successes of South West manufacturers.

The first event under the new partnership will focus on sustainability and take place on March 11 at the Gloucestershire offices of global engineering giant Renishaw. Attendees will be welcomed by Gareth Hankins, the company’s Manufacturing Director, and hear about ‘Sustainability the Renishaw approach’ before a Q&A session and a site tour to finish.

Paul Falvey, tax partner and head of manufacturing for BDO LLP in the South West, said: The South West is home to a number of cutting-edge and truly world-class manufacturing companies; so what better place to relaunch SWIM than at one such example in Renishaw.

“Manufacturers across the South West ended the year on solid ground, with output and recruitment intentions continuing their upward trajectory. With low inflation and falling costs, combined with solid jobs growth and increased productivity, 2015 could be a year of real opportunity for the manufacturing community.”

Tom Lloyd-Jones, Relationship Director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking in the South West, said: “Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking recognises how important the manufacturing sector is both here in the South West, and within the wider UK economy. We’re proud to work with a wide range of manufacturers within the region, including Renishaw, to understand the opportunities and challenges they face.”

Lindsay Lewis, Membership & External Affairs Manager at EEF, commented: “EEF are pleased to continue to be a partner of SWIM and to help showcase the best practises that we have in the South West. Materials and resources are the lifeblood of our sector, and account for around 40% of manufacturers’ costs. Getting to grips and managing these volatile costs is a must for all engineering and manufacturing businesses.”

SWIM aims to encourage and inspire South West manufacturers to continually drive their businesses forward by providing a forum to share thought leadership, concerns and successes, as well as the opportunity to forge new relationships. Previous events include visits to the National Composites Centre, Numatic International, Swallowfield plc and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

For more information on SWIM, contact Cathy Hawkins ( or Lindsay Lewis (

Pictured above: Paul Falvey tax partner and head of manufacturing for BDO LLP in the South West