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The UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers

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We love working with UK manufacturers, so here is our gift to you – The UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

The UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers is a go-to resource for the UK manufacturing industry – to help all those manufacturers that are great at making things, but not so good at sharing their stories, showing behind the scenes or making the most of opportunities to raise their profile, build credibility and reputation.

This UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers is for you – all the key dates listed and planned ahead for you to use for social media posts, content creation and storytelling.

The UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers will help ‘hidden gems’ and ‘best-kept secrets’ to be more planned and strategic with their PR, comms and marketing. Step out of the shadows and position yourself as an expert in your field, build relationships with the right people, and use your stronger profile to help secure funding and generate new business opportunities. Used well, the UKMFG PR Diary will also help you attract the right talent to your business and shine a light on you and your business to win new customers and retain loyal customers.

The UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers is focused on the key industry announcements, research and survey dates, UK events and awards, with a few national events thrown in. Many of these dates are used by journalists to help inform their editorial calendars, and plan news and feature items. To bring these stories to life they need real-life businesses to talk to and are always looking to interview and feature UK manufacturers. That’s where you come in…

Great Ways to use The UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers

  • Prepare your story in advance so you can provide timely comments to the media, such as your predictions, expectations, and even your hopes ahead of big announcements.
  • Provide commentary following the publication of trends or figures.
  • Piggyback on survey results to position your business in a positive light.
  • Pitch to the media to secure press coverage or an interview. For example, put yourself forward as a case study to be interviewed during or ahead of big releases such as the latest UKMFG statistics.
  • Plan your social media – join in conversations, celebrate and champion initiatives.
  • Events and visits – plan your own and/or take part in events to raise the profile of UKMFG and attract young people into the industry. You can even secure speaking opportunities to tell your story.
  • Awards – boost your credibility and chances of being nominated and winning awards with a stronger profile.
  • Secure guest blog posts and opinion articles on the back of issues raised and changes taking place in your industry.
  • Plan your blog posts and content marketing in advance, such as behind the scenes videos of your skilled staff in action in celebration of the year of engineering.
  • Email newsletters – provide themes to focus on for your customers and decision-makers.
  • Marketing, such as timely direct mail – send your customers a thank you for buying from you on Buy British Day, for example.
  • Add to it – think of all the other issues and key dates coming up, such as changing legislation, and focus on the issues that you are passionate about – where you want your voice to be heard.

Please note, some of these UK manufacturing dates are provisional, some dates have not yet been released and all are subject to change, so please check in advance. If you notice any errors or obvious omissions, please let me know. It is a work in progress, a labour of love and we will be keeping it updated so do keep coming back or sign-up for regular updates. 

Download this handy template to make a note of the key dates that matter to you, what opportunities they present, and what action to take.

We have listed manufacturing awards and events in this guide and you can also see them here:

UK Manufacturing Awards 2022 

UK Manufacturing Events 2022

Please feel free to share and use The UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers, but please credit us and use the #UKMFGPRdiary hashtag. Other great UK manufacturing hashtags are #UKMFG #ManufacturingUK #UKmanufacturing #SupportUKMFG. Please keep sharing positive UK manufacturing news, network and support the fantastic UK manufacturing community.

Monthly Dates

ONS UK Trade Statistics (around 10th-14th)

CBI Industrial Trends survey (monthly around 20th-23rd) 

ONS GDP figures 

Lloyds Bank Business Barometer (monthly around 20th-31st)

ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy report (around 23rd-26th)

IHS Markit/CIPS Manufacturing PMI (released first working day of the month)

U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM (approx 8th-10th of the month)

ONS UK index of production (around 9th-12th)

BOE Effective Interest Rates (around the 29th-4th)

ONS Producer Price Inflation (around the 15th-21st)

ONS Labour Market Review (around the 12th-20th)

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

January 2022

1st: New Year’s Day

10th: Make UK/PWC Executive Survey 

14th: ONS UK Trade Statistics

14th: Made in the North East Awards (entry deadline)

24th: International Family Business Day

25th: CBI Industrial Trends Survey

29th-4th: National Storytelling Week 

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers. 

February 2022

TBC: CBI Industrial Trends survey (monthly around 20th-23rd)

TBC: Lloyds Bank Business Barometer (monthly around 20th-31st)

1st: BOE Effective Interest Rates

1st: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

1st: Leeds Manufacturing Festival

4th: Made in Sheffield Awards (entry deadline)

7th-13th: National Apprenticeship Week  

8-9th: National Manufacturing Summit

8-10th: Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

10th: ONS Business insights and impact on the UK economy

11th: ONS UK Trade Statistics 

11th: ONS UK index of production

11th: U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM

11th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: December 2021 – ONS

12th: Make UK Apprenticeship Open Day 

14th: Valentine’s Day 

15th: ONS Labour Market Review

16th: ONS Producer Price Inflation

17th: National Manufacturing Barometer Report Q3 2021-2022 (SWMAS)

18th: Made in the North West Awards (entry deadline)

25th: AM Awards (entry deadline)

25th: Made in Northern Ireland Awards (entry deadline)

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

March 2022

TBC: Make UK Manufacturing Outlook, quarter 4

TBC: Made in the South West Awards (entry deadline)

TBC: CBI Industrial Trends survey (monthly around 20th-23rd)

TBC: Lloyds Bank Business Barometer (monthly around 20th-31st)

TBC: ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy (around 23rd-26th)

TBC: ONS Producer Price Inflation (around the 15th-21st)

TBC: ONS Labour Market Review (around the 12th-20th)

1st: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

1st: BOE Effective Interest Rates

8th: 2022 International Women’s Day

9th: Made In UK Day (Make it British)

9-10th: Spotlight on Green Jobs

11th: Made in the Midlands Awards (entry deadline)

11th: ONS UK index of production

11th: ONS UK Trade Statistics

11th: U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM

11th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: January 2022 – ONS 

15th: Make UK’s Manufacturing Outlook 2022 Q1 report 

16th: The Great British Family Business Conference

16th: East Midlands Manufacturing and Engineering Conference

17th: St Patrick’s Day 

18th: BusinessGreen Leaders Awards (entry deadline)

18th: Made in Lancashire Award (entry deadline)

21-23rd: IFE Manufacturing Exhibit

22nd: CBI Leaders Dinner

23rd: Spring 2022 Forecast Statement (Budget) 

27th: Daylight saving starts

28th: North East Business Awards (entry deadline) 

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

April 2022

TBC: Made in the UK Awards (entry deadline)

TBC: National Manufacturing Barometer Report Q4 2021-2022

1st: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

4th: Deadline for businesses with over 250 employees to report gender pay gap information

4-8th: Mach Exhibition

6th: New Financial Year 

8-10th (approx): U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM

9-12th (approx): ONS UK index of production

11th: ONS UK Trade Statistics 

11th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: February 2022 – ONS

12-20th (approx): ONS Labour Market Review

15-21st (approx): ONS Producer Price Inflation

21st: Sustainable Fashion Conference

22nd: Earth Day

20-23rd (approx): CBI Industrial Trends survey

20-31st (approx): Lloyds Bank Business Barometer

23rd: St George’s Day 

23-26th (approx): ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy

23-29th: Fashion Revolution Week

29-4th (approx): BOE Effective Interest Rates

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

May 2022

All month: Local and Community History month

2nd: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

3rd: National Manufacturing Conference (Make UK)

6th: BAME Apprenticeship Awards (entry deadline)

8-10th (approx): U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM 

9-12th (approx): ONS UK index of production

9-15th: Mental Health Awareness week 

10-14th (approx): ONS UK Trade Statistics

10-16th: Local Business Week (date TBC)

12th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: March 2022 – ONS

12-20th (approx): ONS Labour Market Review

15-21st (approx): ONS Producer Price Inflation 

17-22nd: National Learning at Work Week

18th: CBI Annual Dinner

20-23rd (approx): CBI Industrial Trends survey 

20-31st (approx): Lloyds Bank Business Barometer 

23-26th (approx): ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy 

25-26th: Digital Manufacturing Summit

29-4th (approx): BOE Effective Interest Rates

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

June 2022

TBC: Make UK Manufacturing Awards (entry deadline)

1st: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

2-5th: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend

7-9th: Subcon Show

7-10th: Manufacturing & Engineering Week

8-9th: Manufacturing Expo

8-10th (approx): U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM 

9-12th (approx): ONS UK index of production

10th: Manufacturing Outlook 2022 Q2 report

10-14th (approx): ONS UK Trade Statistics

12-20th (approx): ONS Labour Market Review 

13th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: April 2022 – ONS

15-21st (approx): ONS Producer Price Inflation 

16th: Sustainable Manufacturing Symposium

20-31st (approx): Lloyds Bank Business Barometer

20-23rd (approx): CBI Industrial Trends survey 

23rd: National Women in Engineering Day

23-26th (approx): ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy 

29-4th (approx): BOE Effective Interest Rates 

30th: Global Annual Conference (British Chamber of Commerce) 

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

July 2022 

All month: Independent Retailer month 

1st: National Apprenticeship Service Awards (entry deadline)

1st: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

2nd: Independents Day 

5-6th: Sustainable Plastics Live 

6-7th: Festival Of British Engineering & Manufacturing  

7th: National Manufacturing Day UK

7th: 2022 UK Fashion Transparency Index (TBC)

8-10th (approx): U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM

9-12th (approx): ONS UK index of production

10-14th (approx): ONS UK Trade Statistics

12-20th (approx): ONS Labour Market Review

13th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: May 2022 – ONS

13th: Manufacturing Digitisation Summit

15-21st (approx): ONS Producer Price Inflation

20-23rd (approx): CBI Industrial Trends survey

20-31st (approx): Lloyds Bank Business Barometer 

23-26th (approx): ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy 

29-4th (approx): BOE Effective Interest Rates

31st: Midlands Business Awards (entry deadline)

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

August 2022

TBC: The Manufacturer MX Awards (entry deadline)

TBC: Chamber Business Awards (entry deadline)

TBC: Made in Wales Awards (entry deadline)

TBC: ONS UK Trade Statistics (around 10th-14th)

TBC: CBI Industrial Trends survey (monthly around 20th-23rd)

TBC: Lloyds Bank Business Barometer (monthly around 20th-31st)

TBC: ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy (around 23rd-26th)

TBC: U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM (approx 8th-10th of the month)

TBC: ONS UK index of production (around 9th-12th)

TBC: BOE Effective Interest Rates (around the 29th-4th)

TBC: ONS Producer Price Inflation (around the 15th-21st)

TBC: ONS Labour Market Review (around the 12th-20th)

1st: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

1st: LEEA Awards (entry deadline)

10th: A-level results day

12th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: June 2022 – ONS

12th: GCSE results day

17th: Lloyds TSB Market Review 

19th: The Manufacturer Top 100 Awards (entry deadline)

29th: Summer bank holiday

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers. 

September 2022

TBC: World Skills Live

TBC: ONS UK Trade Statistics (around 10th-14th)

TBC: CBI Industrial Trends survey (monthly around 20th-23rd)

TBC: Lloyds Bank Business Barometer (monthly around 20th-31st)

TBC: ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy (around 23rd-26th)

TBC: U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM (approx 8th-10th of the month)

TBC: ONS UK index of production (around 9th-12th)

TBC: BOE Effective Interest Rates (around the 29th-4th)

TBC: ONS Producer Price Inflation (around the 15th-21st)

TBC: ONS Labour Market Review (around the 12th-20th)

1st: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

6-12th: Small Business Advice week 

6-8th: International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX)

12th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: July 2022 – ONS

20-26th: National Recycling week 

20th: Make UK Manufacturing Outlook Report – Quarter 3

22nd: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (entry deadline)

23rd: National Family Business Day 

28th: The Manufacturing Leaders Virtual Forum

25th Sep-2nd Oct: Wool Week

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

October 2022

All month: Black History Month 

TBC: South West Innovation Expo

TBC: ONS UK Trade Statistics (around 10th-14th)

TBC: CBI Industrial Trends survey (monthly around 20th-23rd)

TBC: Lloyds Bank Business Barometer (monthly around 20th-31st)

TBC: ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy (around 23rd-26th)

TBC: U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM (approx 8th-10th of the month)

TBC: ONS UK index of production (around 9th-12th)

TBC: BOE Effective Interest Rates (around the 29th-4th)

TBC: ONS Producer Price Inflation (around the 15th-21st)

TBC: ONS Labour Market Review (around the 12th-20th)

3rd: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

3-14th: Bradford Manufacturing Weeks

5-6th: LiftEx Exhibition Aberdeen

12th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: August 2022 – ONS

12-13th: The Engineering Design Show

27th: National Mentoring Day 

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

November 2022

TBC: ONS UK Trade Statistics (around 10th-14th)

TBC: CBI Industrial Trends survey (monthly around 20th-23rd)

TBC: Lloyds Bank Business Barometer (monthly around 20th-31st)

TBC: ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy (around 23rd-26th)

TBC: U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM (approx 8th-10th of the month)

TBC: ONS UK index of production (around 9th-12th)

TBC: BOE Effective Interest Rates (around the 29th-4th)

TBC: ONS Producer Price Inflation (around the 15th-21st)

TBC: ONS Labour Market Review (around the 12th-20th)

1st: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

8-12th: Digital Manufacturing Week 

8-14th: Global Entrepreneurship Week 

9-11th: SME Growth Summit 

12th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: September 2022 – ONS 

15-19th: International Trade week 

16-17th: Smart Factory Expo

16-17th: Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit

22-26th: Just a Card

22nd (approx): Investing in People: CBI/Pertemps Employment Trends Survey

25th: Instead of Black Friday, shop ethically

28th: Cyber Monday

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

December 2022

TBC: Make UK Manufacturing Outlook, quarter 4 

TBC: Made in Central and East England Awards (entry deadline)

TBC: Insider Made in Yorkshire Awards (entry deadline)

TBC: The Manufacturer Directors’ Forum Roundtables

TBC: ONS UK Trade Statistics (around 10th-14th)

TBC: CBI Industrial Trends survey (monthly around 20th-23rd)

TBC: Lloyds Bank Business Barometer (monthly around 20th-31st)

TBC: ONS Business insights and impact on UK economy (around 23rd-26th)

TBC: U.K. Manufacturing Production MoM (approx 8th-10th of the month)

TBC: ONS UK index of production (around 9th-12th)

TBC: BOE Effective Interest Rates (around the 29th-4th)

TBC: ONS Producer Price Inflation (around the 15th-21st)

TBC: ONS Labour Market Review (around the 12th-20th)

1st: IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI

4th: Small Business Saturday 

10th: Christmas Jumper Day

12th: GDP monthly estimate, UK: October 2022 – ONS

25th: Christmas Day 

31st: New Year’s Eve 

7th 2023 Jan: AAC Apprenticeship Awards (entry deadline)

Don’t forget to sign-up to get regular updates, advice and invites from Nellie PR, and to download the full UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers.

Resources

Social media hashtags to use: #UKMFGPRdiary #UKMFG #ManufacturingUK #UKManufacturing #SupportUKMFG 

Download this handy template to make a note of the key dates that matter to you, what opportunities they present, and what action to take.

In case you missed it, take a look at our UK Manufacturer Events 2022 blog post, as well as our list of UK Manufacturing Awards 2022. For family businesses, please check out UK Family Business Awards 2022.

For more ideas and advice on how to use The UKMFG PR Diary for UK Manufacturers, please keep an eye on your inbox for our monthly newsletter. You’ll also get regular reminders of key dates you can piggyback on for your PR activity, and top tips on how to be more strategic in your PR.

Get in touch

At Nellie PR, we love working with UK manufacturers, especially those that are hidden gems. We work with you to help you step out of the shadows for better business. Please book a free consultancy call with Ellen Carroll to find out more about the PR, communication, and marketing support we provide to help you flourish. Read more about our work and impact and don’t forget to sign-up for our newsletter to get regular updates and invites to our UK manufacturer webinars, tips and advice sessions.

Ellen Carroll

Ellen Carroll is a strategic PR and communication consultant. I provide PR training, mentoring and consultancy to help people and businesses to step out of the shadows with #PRthatPAYS

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