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British manufacturing showcase and competition

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Recently, Business Secretary Vince Cable opened a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London to show young people the rewarding career opportunities available in British manufacturing.

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 The campaign was launched last year to change outdated perceptions of manufacturing, including dispelling the myth that the UK 'doesn’t make anything anymore'.

"Generating £137bn each year and employing 2.5 million people, manufacturing is a vital part of the UK’s economy," said Vince Cable, Business Secretary. "Perceptions of the industry are outdated and need to change if we are going to attract the talent needed to support manufacturing in the long term.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 Make it in Great Britain Exhibition is taking place for six weeks during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. "The exhibition showcases some of the exciting innovations of today," said Business Minister, Mark Prisk. "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 first hand 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," concluded Ian.

Showcasing alongside the businesses are the finalists of the Make it in Great Britain Challenge – a competition to seek out the next big pre-market products or ideas from across the UK. These include a new technology which could offer relief to tinnitus sufferers and an eco-friendly alternative to everyday cement that could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90%.

As part of the Challenge, all finalists of the Make it ... Breakthrough category were put to a public vote ahead of the exhibition for the chance to be crowned the ‘People’s Choice’. The winner has been named as Bedflex, which is a device designed by a group of BAE Systems apprentices to assist the recovery of amputees and critical care patients by allowing them to take part in bed-based exercises.

Throughout the exhibition, the public will vote on which finalists they want to win across all five categories. The winners from each category will go on display together during the final week of the exhibition. An overall competition winner will then be chosen.

Entry to the Make it in Great Britain exhibition exhibition at London's Science Museum is free. It will be on display until 9 September 2012.

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