Bosses from the region’s industrial sector will have the unique opportunity to hear from FBC Manby Bowdler’s Peter Wilding, the man who famously invented the word ‘Brexit’.

He will talk about the challenges facing companies and explore issues, such as importing and exporting, tariffs, compliance and employment.

Delegates to the Open House will also be able to tour In-Comm Training’s state-of-the-art Technical Academy in Aldridge, which features over £3m of the latest manufacturing technology.

“There continues to be a lot of uncertainty around Brexit and the implications this will have on UK businesses. We are hearing that many are suspending plans to grow their workforce, cutting back on investment and feel unprepared for the challenges which lie ahead,” explained Peter Wilding, Brexit Director at FBC Manby Bowdler (pictured).

“However, with the right expertise and knowledge there are many things companies can be doing to put themselves ahead of the game. During recent months, we have been working with industry to advise it on how to plan for Brexit, as well as supporting it with some of the complex administration tasks it is facing.

“This Open House will be another opportunity for us to share our expert knowledge and assist as many manufacturers across the area as we can during these uncertain times.”

In-Comm Training and Manufacturing Group is a consortium of like-minded businesses bound together by a common vision to improve skills and productivity in the UK.

At the heart of the 160-strong membership are ten technical partners, including

Blum-Novotest, Ceratizit WNT, Engineering Technology Group, Guhring, Hexagon MI, HK Holdings, Hyfore Workholding, In-Comm Training, FBC Manby Bowdler and BDO.

They provide access to world-class equipment and engineering technologies, all designed to improve efficiencies on the shop floor, enhance new product development and boost skills.

Cassie Grillo, Business Development Executive at In-Comm Training and Manufacturing Group, added: “This latest Open House is part of this year’s Black Country Business Festival and is the first time we have taken part in this celebration of regional strengths and life.

“In addition to Peter’s keynote address, there will also be presentations from apprentices currently on their learning journey, a guided tour of the academy and a demo of new Laser Control technology from Blum-Novotest.

“We want to demonstrate the importance of continuous learning and getting your workforce fit for the future, including accessing technologies and expertise from industry leaders that can and will support business in gearing up for Industry 4.0.”