Hosted Buyer Programme - Connect+


We are excited to announce a game-changing feature for our upcoming 2024 event: the Connect+ Live Hosted Meetings Programme! This innovative service, provided free of charge, is exclusively tailored to enhance your experience and networking opportunities at our live shows

Connect+ Live transcends conventional networking methods by prioritising your needs as a visitor. Through meticulous pre-qualification and matchmaking, we connect you with handpicked solution providers, ensuring meaningful face-to-face meetings that align with your objectives.

In collaboration with Newbridge Events, renowned specialists in business matchmaking, we guarantee purposeful and productive interactions for every participant.


Here's what Connect+ Live has in store for you:

Personalised Matches: Your requirements are at the forefront. We align exhibitor offerings with your specific needs, enhancing the likelihood of valuable connections and business prospects.

Prearranged Meetings: Bid farewell to uncertainty. With Connect+ Live, your meeting schedule is arranged in advance, empowering you to concentrate on exploring solutions and leaving a lasting impression.

Exclusive Opportunity: To preserve the exclusivity and effectiveness of this initiative, participation is limited to a predetermined number of meetings.

Don't miss out! You have to be registered to attend to be considered for this programme.



Manufacturing & Engineering Week gets smart for a bigger, better 2024

Smart Manufacturing Engineering Week is not just an event; it's a festival of industrial innovation. We are determined to make it a memorable experience for everyone involved. Whether you're a seasoned industry expert or a curious newcomer, the focus is on creating connections, fostering meaningful interactions, and driving the industry forward.

One significant change for 2024 is the rebranding of the event from "Manufacturing & Engineering Week" to "Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week." This change reflects the industry's shift towards embracing advanced technologies, tools, and solutions that drive progress. The addition of "smart" signifies a commitment to exploring the latest innovations in the sector.

Who's behind Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week?


Smart Manufacturing & Engineering week is researched and produced by one of the top journals for the manufacturing sector - The Manufacturer.

By providing news, stories, events, insights while advancing best practices and covering all manufacturing sectors, The Manufacturer, is an essential resource for every manufacturing boardroom and senior management. It effectively delivers thought leadership articles, regulatory updates and best practice case studies on a monthly basis.

Sustainability Advocates

Sustainability Advocates

Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. Efforts to become net-zero include calculating emissions and offsetting them by planting trees in a dedicated forest.

Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Our partnership with Engineers Without Borders UK reflects our commitment to social responsibility and the fundamental role of engineers in designing solutions for the betterment of humanity and the planet.









What makes Smart Manufacturing &
Engineering Week different?

Impressive Scale

Impressive Scale

Co-located events, Design & Engineering Expo, Smart Factory Expo, Maintec, Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Sysems and Air-tech plus other related shows at the same venue on the same days deliver the widest level of content and business engagement for the UK’s industrial sector.​

Important Timing

Important Timing

In a post-pandemic, post-Brexit world, manufacturing and engineering have never been more important to the UK economy. The event is the perfect place for professionals to secure the right partners to keep them competitive and grow the UK sector.

Experienced Team

Experienced Team

Researched and Produced by The Manufacturer and with input from 50+ more leading industry partners, means the team behind Smart Manufacturing Week really understand what is important to the sector to help you achieve optimum results. 

Advisory Council

Advisory Council

The industry advisory Council chaired by Stephen Phipson CBE, CEO of Make UK, meet regularly to help steer our content programme and the direction of our events, making sure they cover the most topical subjects and benefit all participating companies equally.

Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week Incorporating:


  • “There has never been a more important time for our sector to pull together and to work together, to create a shared agenda and Manufacturing and Engineering Week will do exactly that. I am delighted to be part of the M&E Week Advisory Board and that MAKE UK are a partner for this groundbreaking event.”
    Stephen Phipson CBE
    Chief Executive, MAKE UK