Vince Cable launches Make it in Great Britain exhibition

On the 24th July Business Secretary Vince Cable opened a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London celebrating British manufacturing. A.J Wells & Sons were selected to appear at the exhibition with a series of vitreous enamel graphic panels and a state of the art wood-burning stove manufactured by sister company www.charnwood.com Our new manufacturing film also appears for the first time on the big screen at the Museum.The exhibition is the culmination of the Government’s Make it in Great Britain campaign and features a mix of displays from 39 businesses of all sizes including iconic names like McLaren, Mars, BAE and Rolls Royce. The campaign was launched last year to change outdated perceptions of manufacturing, including dispelling the myth that the UK ‘doesn’t make anything anymore’.

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 Perceptions of the industry are outdated and need to change if we are going to attract the talent needed to support manufacturing in the long term.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.”

The Business Secretary joined Business Minister Mark Prisk (pictured with John Wells above) to launch the Make it in Great Britain Exhibition, which is taking place for six weeks during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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.”

Entry is free to the Make it in Great Britain exhibition. It will be on display until 09 September 2012.