The conference is set to convey the factory awards' lessons.
The Management Today Best Factory Awards were set up in order to promote excellence in British manufacturing, and industry is more thoroughly aware of what it takes to achieve world-class status as a manufacturer as a result. Much of the credit for broadcasting the lessons of the awards - the technologies, structures, procedures and philosophies, and the meaning of continuous improvement - must go to the Best Factory Conference which was established as an annual event last year.
The 1994 conference was held in London, even though - as it turned out - more than two-thirds of the delegates came from outside the south-east of England. The decison to switch this year's conference to the Midlands will assist a large number of delegates, reducing travel times and possibly eliminating need for over-night accommodation. That this was the right decision is confirmed by the bookings, which, with eight weeks to go, exceeded last year's figure at an equivalent date by more than three-and-a-half times.
The organisers are confident that the 1995 conference will maintain last year's high standards. In the words of Professor Colin New, chairman of the judges: 'If the Best Factory Awards honour those companies who have achieved what they set out to do, the Best Factory Conference will set ever more companies on the road to excellence.' For more information about the conference, to be held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham (next to the NEC), on 27-28 September, contact Sharon Reeve, Haymarket Events, 22 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3LY. Tel: 0171-413 4161. Fax: 0171-413 4331.