We're delighted to announce our partnership with the EEF, the most powerful force behind UK manufacturing and an establishment dedicated to helping businesses within their sector evolve, innovate and compete.

Our joint partnership will enable UK based manufacturing businesses to access all the design support they need to grow their organisation.

Working together, the Design Council and EEF have developed a design support programme specifically for the manufacturing sector. The programme is based on the Design Council’s existing, business support service and is greatly enhanced through EEF’s manufacturing sector knowledge and their on-going engagement with manufacturers throughout the UK.

Announcing the partnership earlier this month, at EEF’s national conference, our Chief Executive John Mathers said, “This is a fantastic occasion and we’re both really excited about the huge difference this partnership will make to manufacturing businesses throughout the UK.”

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