Passion to help businesses and apprentices

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A Brighouse businessman is helping to give an apprentice the chance to start a career in manufacturing.

Mark Young, of John Walton Machine Tools Ltd, based in Smithy Carr Lane, Brighouse, will be part of the Manufactured Yorkshire ‘13.

The event is an exhibition that will take place at the John Smith Stadium, Huddersfield, on May 14 which aims to bring together manufacturers and their supply chains for a day of learning, collaboration and networking to strengthen trade links across Yorkshire.

The day will include seminars and business clinics as well as a business hall consisting of over 50 manufacturers and suppliers of all sizes and types, with free places for delegates to come and visit.

Proceeds made from stand sales will go to the Town Foundation which will use the money to place one lucky apprentice in work at a manufacturing company.

Mr Young said: “I am very passionate about engineering and manufacturing and keen to do anything I can to prolong the upturn we are seeing in the industry in the current climate.

“For many years I have been frustrated by the lack of events that celebrate manufacturing, allowing companies to network, share knowledge and resources and “show off” their capabilities in general - for a reasonable cost.

“My desire to see such an event organised has been driven forward by working closely with Huddersfield Town’s Directors and events team, and from this the event MY ‘13 has been given the green light.”

The Brighouse company is a long established supplier of specialised work holding equipment into the manufacturing sector.