Our Strategic

Our Strategic Partners

Leading industry experts

AMF Strategic Partners are specialists in their fields and have extensive experience within the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Our Strategic Partners offer exclusive benefits and advice to ensure that members receive the best service and support in their area of expertise.

Zenith People

At Zenith we’ve been working with a broad range of clients across the North East since 2001; so not only have we gathered lots of recruitment experience, we’ve come to know the region inside out! We use this experience and knowledge, combined with lateral thinking, and apply it to each recruitment exercise we undertake – ensuring our clients get top-notch customer service and an informed recruitment service which delivers the right candidate for the job. Working heavily in the engineering, manufacturing, commercial and technology sectors for businesses large and small our team possess expertise, experience and enthusiasm – our true USP in a crowded marketplace.

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Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway is a successful independent law firm based in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, offering a full range of services to businesses, the public and third sectors, and private individuals. We are legal service providers to a whole host of manufacturers large and small across the North and further afield. As such we have chosen to be preferred suppliers to the AMF since before it was born, working alongside the South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum before it!

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Our Manufacturing team specialise in offering the clear, practical advice and expert services that engineering and manufacturing companies require to keep running smoothly day to day – as well as build for the future. We understand the unique commercial, accountancy and tax requirements businesses in the sector face, and we have many years of experience helping manufacturing clients of all shapes and sizes to thrive.

The advice we offer is always tailored to your business and delivered from our extensive network of local offices, supported by our specialist advisory teams. From young, highly entrepreneurial business to large-scale international manufacturers, we deliver market-leading skills and deep sector experience in a straightforward and personal way.

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Tyne Coast College

Tyne Coast College offers a new and exciting vision for education and training in the North East. Its guiding vision is to cut down barriers to education and provide equality of opportunity and outstanding education to all, regardless of geographic or demographic boundaries.

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Spitfire Consultancy & Training (Global) Ltd

Spitfire is a consulting business which specialises in improving business performance through a unique combination of skills and expertise, the company delivers measurable and sustainable results using advanced lean expertise, leadership and thinking. It operates at all levels of an organisation, from the boardroom through to the shop floor, and across all business functions.

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Sunderland City Council – Business Investment Team

Sunderland City Council has a proven track record of attracting, encouraging, and nurturing successful enterprises. From initial enquiry, to long-term aftercare, businesses can expect a bespoke, personal service. Sunderland is home to thriving, innovative industries including advanced manufacturing, engineering, digital technology, and professional services. We encourage growth across these industries and the delivery of more and better jobs for local people. The 'can do' attitude and loyalty of the highly skilled local workforce attracts businesses from the UK and around the world. If you need support and advice, are looking to relocate, expand, take a product or service to market or to export, come and talk to the team.

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Invest South Tyneside

Invest South Tyneside is the sector development and business investment team within South Tyneside Council, raising the profile of the borough to businesses and investors. We are open for business. South Tyneside Council works with businesses starting, re-locating to, or already within South Tyneside; supporting them to achieve growth, create local jobs and develop the skills of their existing workforce. Assets and skills within South Tyneside provide a strong, cost-effective offer for businesses operating in key sectors, in particular: Advanced Manufacturing, ICT & Digital, and Business Services.

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Lloyds Banking Group

We understand that manufacturing businesses have unique banking needs. Whether it’s assisting with the working capital challenges that the sector faces,supporting investment into new plant & machinery or helping to penetrate new global markets, our WMG manufacturing trained managers can provide guidance to help find the most appropriate support.”

Amongst things we offer members: Business Hire Purchase / Asset Finance; Invoice Finance; Sustainability Information

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Northumbria University, Newcastle Business School

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK.
Our vision is to be a force for good in the region and beyond

Business School Mission: To deliver impactful research and generate knowledge that helps individuals and organisations in the region and beyond
To provide experiential, research-rich learning that enables current and future leaders as they develop more sustainable and inclusive organisations

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Connecting manufacturers and providing support to drive collaboration.

The AMF provides an extensive range of benefits, insightful events, and exclusive opportunities to support our members in growing and developing their businesses.

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Our events provide expert insights, practical tips and advice on specialised areas

From our Monthly Meetings to our Focused Forums, each of our events sees guest speakers share their real-life experiences and first-hand knowledge of the things that effect your business. With networking and Q&As, our events allow you to connect with and learn from leading industry experts.

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9:00 am

Making Owt

Making Owt Exhibition 2023 ‘Meet Your Maker’ – The Exhibitors Exhibition!


12:00 pm

Business Improvement Forum

AMF HR Forum; Neurodiversity – An opportunity to increase your knowledge A safe space for discussion – no “stupid questions”