Fitfactory provide award-winning manufacturing software. We’re helping more than 400 factories on their digital transformation journey to work smarter, get lean, be more agile and more productive through the use of modular and scalable software solutions.

    Our software solutions are tailored to meet the unique needs of each customer, whether they are just starting out with their first system, or are looking to supplement their existing MRP/ERP system with additional capabilities such as optimised production schedules, accurate recording of labour time/costs against jobs and monitoring machine uptime.

    With decades of experience innovating, delivering and supporting manufacturing software, our team of experts help factories across the world on their transformation to get leaner, more agile and more productive, to create productive and intelligent manufacturing ecosystems.

    Our apps plug and play with any ERP/MRP software to produce optimised production schedules, record labour time/costs against jobs accurately, monitor machine uptime and produce in depth analysis.

    Combining manufacturing and industry experience, with knowledge and passion for the latest technologies, all of us at Fitfactory are driven to do the best for our customers. Whatever your capability or size, we’re here to help find the solution for you.

    We believe that the future of manufacturing lies in a collaborative manufacturing ecosystem. We are committed to helping our customers succeed in this new era of manufacturing, by providing them with the tools and resources they need to stay ahead of the curve.

    Contact: Grant Thompson
    Email: gthompson@fitfactory.com
    Tel: 0330 236 9278

    CMYK are an end-to-end Managed IT Provider, specialising in Managed IT Services and Support, Cloud Services, VOIP Telecoms, Connectivity, Managed Print and Visitor Management Solutions.

    With 6 offices across the UK, we focus on delivering and supporting our clients with their technology needs, whether that be providing hardware, delivering remote or onsite support, project and consultancy work, security, licensing, or improving efficiencies and agility.  

    We have an exceptional track record of service delivery, and all our clients are supported by our in-house team of experts. We are a Microsoft and Apple Accredited partner and specialise in supporting Mac in the Enterprise.

    CMYK’s flexible approach means that we can deliver a full outsource of your IT requirements, or work in partnership alongside your existing team to provide project delivery, skills coverage, consultancy, or service quality improvements.

    CMYK work with businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to global manufacturing and engineering firms.   With our network of support engineers, we can provide national support to our clients whilst still delivering a local, personal level of service.

    Our North East operation is based in Newcastle Business Park and since opening in 2020, we have worked closely alongside EMN, supporting the team at the flagship EMCON event as visitor registration sponsor, managing all exhibitors and delegates who attended the event with our visitor management solution.

    Contact: Sarah Wharrier
    Email: s.wharrier@cmyk-digital.co.uk
    Tel: 07423 688427
    Website: https://www.cmyk-digital.co.uk/

    SMS Technology allow organisations the ability to digitalise their operational areas with quantified carbon reductions

    A net zero service provider to not effect scope 3 metrics as well as being ISO9001/14001/45001/27001 and Cyber essentials certified sharing the strains of our clients and not just saying we can support these but also achieving these our selves.

    Our solution is designed by Operational, HSE and Quality and compliance professional’s who have worked in the industry and taken the frustrations of paper KPI, Launch, containment and compliance recording. Gone are the days of non-value added administrative tasks allowing management time on the shop floor.

    Our product is.

    Fully customisable

    Real time


    Easy to use, implement & Train

    Ever evolving part of our continuous improvement mentality

    Jackson Hogg is a dynamic and innovative business delivering high quality recruitment solutions. Our team brings a combined experience of over 50 years working with a wide range of global companies, within engineering, manufacturing and technology, across numerous sectors.

    At Jackson Hogg, we believe that we are the best at what we do and have a proven track record of delivering confidential, complex and varied assignments within both UK and international markets with businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to FTSE 100 organisations.

    We are experts in finding the best talent across operations, engineering, commercial and executive functions and can support from entry level recruitment through to senior management and board level appointments, with specialist consultants focused on niche areas.

    Contact: Fern Couchman
    Website: www.jacksonhogg.com
    Tel: 0191 580 0495


    Brewin Dolphin are one of the UK’s leading wealth managers. Founded in 1762, we are here to help you achieve your ambitions through expert, personalised financial planning and investment management advice.

    We are here to help you achieve your ambitions. Whether you want to grow the long-term value of your wealth to provide an income later in life or to pass it on to future generations, we can help you plan a path. Growing your investments, increasing your pension pot, funding school fees – we will help you to navigate a successful course to grow your wealth and meet your life goals.

    From helping to kick start your personal wealth plan, to making the most of the opportunities wealth brings – we will be with you at every stage of your journey. Whatever your circumstances, we offer wealth planning and investment management that is appropriate, personal, honest and clear. And whatever your ambitions, we are there to help you use wealth to enrich your life.

    We produce regular analysis and commentary on the events that are affecting our clients’ worlds. From covering the key events in financial markets and economics, to conducting interviews with leading figures from politics, business and economics, we provide the inside track on the most pressing issues of the day.

    Contact: Sam Gibson
    Website: https://www.brewin.co.uk
    Tel: 0191 279 7300


    Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking is committed to supporting British business and in turn the UK economy.

    That’s why we are growing our lending and support to businesses and helping them protect themselves against the growing threat of financial fraud.

    Our relationship managers support clients through the provision of core banking solutions such as lending, deposits, transaction banking and risk management services, while also offering expertise in capital markets, financial markets and private equity. This enables us to meet the varying and often complex needs of our business clients, regardless of their sector, location or objectives.

    Lloyds Bank is part of Lloyds Banking Group which increased net lending to SMEs by 31% since the start of 2011, while the overall market contracted by 11%. Over each of the three years from 2018 to 2020, the Group has committed to provide £2bn net additional funding to businesses, invest £1bn in the UK manufacturing sector through financial support, and help 5,000 clients to export for the first time.

    The Group is also supporting UK manufacturing through its £1m annual investment in the Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Centre, which aims to have trained 1,000 graduates, engineers and apprentices by 2020.

    Chris Middleton
    Relationship Manager, Local Banking
    Tel: 07920 296718
    email: chris.middleton@lloydsbanking.com


    Lloyds Banking Group is a financial services group that incorporates a number of brands including Lloyds Bank. More information on Lloyds Banking Group can be found at lloydsbankinggroup.com

    Lockton are the world’s largest independent privately owned insurance brokers , with over 6,000 staff in 85 offices worldwide looking after over 50,000 clients.

    We have teamed up with the EMN to offer various benefits to all their members including guaranteed cost savings on your insurance programme with enhanced policy coverage through products that are exclusive to your membership.

    Lockton have market leading expertise in the manufacturing and engineering sectors and are based locally in the North East. Lockton also have employee benefits and risk management teams that can assist in these areas.

    Contact: Colin Donohoe
    Website: www.locktoninternational.com
    Tel: 0191 2613045
    Email: Colin.donohoe@uk.lockton.com

    Muckle is the North East’s leading independent law firm for businesses, with specialists in virtually every area of commercial law.

    We’re responsive, we’re practical and – hopefully – we’ll be an extension of your own team. Whatever you want to achieve, we’re here to help make it happen.

    We have a wealth of experience and act for a wide range of clients in the engineering and manufacturing sector. We can help you with:

    • supply, distribution and other commercial agreements
    • raising finance
    • acquisitions and disposals
    • advising on directors’ duties and providing company secretarial services
    • competition law and implications of the Bribery Act 2011
    • employee disputes and trade union negotiations
    • resolving contractual problems at home and abroad
    • buying and selling property and lease arrangements

    We offer initial meetings without charge to explore solutions to your queries. Contact us or visit our website to find out more.

     “Muckle LLP is ‘excellent across the board’, forming ‘an integral part of its clients’ businesses’.

    Legal 500 UK


    Contact: Robin Adams, Partner
    Website: www.muckle-llp.com
    Tel: 0191 211 7949

    Horizon Works is an established regional leader in B2B marketing. We specialise in the manufacturing, engineering, automotive, energy and tech sectors. 

    We work with innovators, disruptors, market leaders and global players in these industries and help businesses to market their products and services regionally, nationally and internationally.


    We are full service marketing agency offering strategy, marketing, public relations, design, brand, digital marketing and website design. We quickly grasp complex technologies, products and services and translate technical information into compelling messages and campaigns on a global level.


    Our multi-talented team of writers, marketers, PR and communications specialists, designers and digital experts work together to produce seamless marketing solutions that generate results. From start-ups breaking new ground, to firms with roots stretching back decades and businesses operating across the UK and beyond, we can make a real difference.

    Contact: Samantha Vassallo
    Website: www.horizonworks.co.uk
    Tel: 0345 075 5955

    Since 2007, we’ve been finding and packaging the best information, expertise and finance to help businesses make better business decisions more quickly.

    • We’ve worked with more than 500,000 businesses across the UK
    • We’ve helped leverage over £650m of private sector investment
    • We’ve supported business growth resulting in over 40,000 jobs created or safeguarded
    • We’ve facilitated contract wins of more £100m

    We’re proud to be a team that goes above and beyond, because as an employee-owned and B-Corp business, we stand side by side to make a real difference to the world around us.

    We’re committed to going on a journey with you, to understand your challenges, discover new opportunities and connect you with the things that will make it easier to get where you want to be.

    By combining our own talents with those within our UMi network, we have what it takes to make a real difference to you and your business.

    Contact:  Suzanne McCreedy
    Email: suzanne.mccreedy@weareumi.co.uk
    Website: https://www.weareumi.co.uk/
    Latest News: www.weareumi.co.uk/inside-umi/