“Can someone make me one these?”
With that, the man pulled out a large winding wheel - and was swiftly pointed in the direction of the Newburgh Precision stand.
This was just one moment at MACH 2014, the UK’s premier engineering and manufacturing tradeshow.
Sheffield City Region was there to do business. Eleven local companies teamed up with the Local Enterprise Partnership and Rotherham Investment and Development Office in a European tax-payer subsidised pavilion.
Andrew Klinkenberg from RiDO said: “The ability that our ERDF programme gives us to enable these companies to access supply chain opportunities at MACH is fantastic.
“Participation by many of these SME companies just wouldn’t have been possible without this support. Our partnership with colleagues in the LEP team highlights the great joint working that the city region benefits from and today’s event is another example of this.”
The week-long show at the NEC Birmingham attracted 500 exhibitors and 21,000 visitors.
Speaking at MACH, business secretary Vince Cable announced £100m to help companies strengthen domestic supply chains and create or safeguard jobs.
The funding will provide support for the increasing trend of ‘reshoring’, as companies bring manufacturing back to the UK from abroad.
Four previous rounds of funding have secured nearly £500m of public-private investment to 44 projects including more than 180 organisations, directly creating or safeguarding over 15,000 jobs. Companies across England will be able to start bidding for funding soon.