McLaren Group on stage as Vince Cable opens ‘Make it in Great Britain’ exhibition
With the world’s eyes on London this summer, McLaren Group has beaten competition from hundreds of UK companies to achieve selection for an exhibition demonstrating the very best in British engineering.
The ‘Make it in Great Britain’ exhibition, which was officially opened by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, and Business Minister, Mark Prisk, on Tuesday 24th July at the Science Museum, will run throughout the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The exhibition is the culmination of the ‘Make it in Great Britain’ campaign: an initiative launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which aims to challenge outdated perceptions of the UK manufacturing industry. McLaren Group’s Executive Chairman, Ron Dennis CBE, has endorsed the campaign since its inception.
McLaren, which has been building racing cars in the UK since the company was formed in 1963, epitomises the objectives that the ‘Make it in Great Britain’ campaign sets out to achieve. It is showcasing three products which encapsulate the diversity of its activities, as well as demonstrating the lasting value of design and manufacturing to UK business. A Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 car features alongside a McLaren MP4-12C high-performance sports car and a Specialized S-Works + McLaren Venge racing bicycle.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
“Generating £137bn each year and employing 2.5 million people, manufacturing is a vital part of the UK’s economy. Perceptions of the industry are outdated and need to change if we are going to attract the talent needed to support manufacturing in the long term. Both Government and industry have a role to play, which is why we launched the Make it in Great Britain campaign and are hosting this exhibition.”
Business Minister Mark Prisk said:
“I’m delighted to launch this exhibition, as it will showcase some of the exciting innovations of today. We have a mixture of iconic names, but also small and medium sized businesses like Elfab and Ultra Global that are leaders in their field, and have come together to show the public what modern manufacturing is all about.
“There is a range of rewarding career opportunities available, requiring advanced skills and expertise. I would encourage people to come along to the exhibition and see firsthand what manufacturing can offer them.”
Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum said:
“The Science Museum and its world leading collections demonstrate some of the greatest engineering achievements of the last 200 years, and the Make it in Great Britain exhibition is no exception, highlighting the exciting places that UK manufacturing could take us in the next few years and beyond.
“Science, technology and engineering have all been used to solve problems throughout history – from light-bulbs and televisions to inventions such as the Stephenson’s Rocket locomotive on show at the museum, and they’ve all gone on to contribute to British manufacturing. We’re hoping that as many people as possible will come and experience some of the most exciting innovations from around the UK this summer at the Science Museum.”
The Make it in Great Britain exhibition is free to enter and will run until September 9.