17 October 2013

Job Shop 2013: Annual UK Job Shop business meeting

  • Sector: Job Shop Business Meeting
  • Location: Manufacturing Service Solutions (MSS), Allerton Road, Central Park, Rugby, CV23 0PA
  • Attendees: AILU Members Only




Job Shop 2013

Opportunities with new technology

The annual business meeting for AILU Job Shop members deals with topical subjects in the laser sub-contract sector. It provides an opportunity to learn, to network and to discuss the major issues of the day.

The annual ‘JS’ series of business meetings are designed to be of value and interest to laser job shops. In so doing, they facilitate trust between businesses that compete, in order for them to work together on topics of common interest or concern. The first of these JS business meetings took place in 2001 and never have they been more important than in these last few difficult years.

The strength and the benefits of the job shop group grows with the number of members we have and, as we did last year, we are inviting laser Job Shops who haven’t yet attended to come along and see for themselves the benefits of belonging to a friendly group of competitors.

The theme of JS 2013 is ‘Opportunities with new technologies’, as exemplified by the presentation on ‘Additive Manufacturing: Current capabilities and business opportunities’ by David Wimpenny of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry. Other presentations on laser marking and exploiting social media for marketing also address new opportunities for job shops. We are particularly pleased that Mark Beresford-Smith, the Chief Economist at HSBC Bank, has agreed to speak on opportunities in the UK economy; grant possibilities for job shops will also be addressed by HSBC.

The morning will end with a number of quick commercial talks on what’s new as well as the eagerly awaited overview of results of the 2013 job shop surveys, to be followed after lunch with an open general question and answer session lead by a panel of Job Shop owners – this year the theme will be ‘Opportunities for Job Shop’, including technological developments and issues of diversification. On the panel will be the Job Shop groups new Chair, Dean Cockayne, together with some of the JS committee and Mark Hutchinson whose company Hutchinson Engineers won the 2013 MTA award for ‘Most dynamic subcontractor of the year’.

It may sound odd to discuss business opportunities with competitors but those who have taken part in the past know that you can learn a lot without divulging commercially sensitive information. For example, we may compare: the financial services offered by our banks; variations in steel prices; or where to buy the cheapest lenses. Everyone involved gets useful information that may save him or her thousands of pounds. Sounds like an old boys network? – It is – come and join us! The day will be rounded off by an opportunity to tour recent developments at MSS including N2 generators and refurbished flatbed laser cutting machine.


Manufacturing Service Solutions (MSS) Ltd
Units 9&10
Allerton Road
Central Park
Warwickshire  CV23 0PA
(T: +44(0) 1788 552299)


On arrival you will receive a delegate pack containing a name badge, a detailed programme and a delegate list. The pack will also include a name and password for downloading PDFs of the presentations, which will be made available on the AILU web site as soon as possible after the event.
A buffet lunch (including a vegetarian option) will be provided. Please advise us of special dietary needs.

Download a flyer (pdf 311KB)


09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09.00 – 09:30 Refreshments

09:30 – 10:55 Presentations

Introduction to the meeting
Dean Cockayne Chair of the AILU Job Shop Group

Introduction to MSS                                              
Carlos Gonzalez-Lee MSS

Additive Manufacturing: Current capabilities and business opportunities
David Wimpenny,
Technology Manager Net Shape & Additive Manufacturing,
Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry

Laser marking as a job shop business
Charles Dean    Fimark

Experience with Nitrogen Generators 
Martin Cook   Cutting Technologies

Social Media: Opportunities for Job Shops
Wayne Wild   Laser Engineering UK

10:55 - 11:25 Refreshment break

11:25 – 13:00 Presentations
The UK Economy: Challenges and opportunities
Mark Beresford-Smith   Chief Economist, HSBC Bank

Grants for subcontractors
Kevin Skym and Jon Forster,  HSBC Bank

Something new 
6 x 5 minute short commercial presentations

Overview of 2012/13 job shop survey results
Review of 2012 Electricity and 2013 Gas (John Powell, Laser Expertise) and 2013 Satisfaction surveys (Mark Millar, Essex Laser Job Shop)

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 15:00 Open forum Questions & Answers
The general theme is 'opportunities for job shops'.  The discussion will be led by a panel of job shop owners comprising: Dean Cockayne (Chair), Tom Mongan (Subcon Laser), Dave Connaway (Cirrus Laser) and Mark Hutchinson of Hutchinson Engineering, Northern Ireland, winners of the 2013 MTA Award for the most dynamic subcontractor.

15:00 – 15:45 Close of meeting and tour of MSS

15:45 Close


The tour will include: 

  • Range of quality refurbished laser cutting machines from leading manufacturers
  • MSS NitroCube and NitroCube “mini” nitrogen generation systems
  • NEW laser resonator refurbishment laboratory
  • Display and information on II-VI Laser Optics


Registration fee GBP 75.00 + VAT; including lunch and refreshments. 
EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 24 September and you will receive a 10% discount

Register on line at

Members: The simplest way to register is by phoning (01235 539595) or emailing with your name. We will invoice you later.

If you later wish an other employee to attend in your place simply let us know; there is no extra charge.

For group discounts (three or more) please contact the AILU office.

If you wish to bring a non-member as a guest, this is permitted; however, please contact the AILU office.

If you are NOT an AILU member: This meeting is open to AILU members and their guests only

Special Offer: join AILU before the meeting and come to the 2013 job shop event free of charge. Register for AILU Membership on-line now


Postcode reference for sat navs: CV23 0WE

MSS Ltd is is located on the outskirts of Rugby, near the M6 Junction 1 (A426 Rugby) exit. At the first roundabout on the A426 take the first exit (Central Park Drive), go straight across the next roundabout and then right on Allerton Rd.


The following selection of accommodation in the neighbourhood is provided for your convenience but comes without recommendation:
Rugby North Premier Inn (M6 Jct1) CV23 0WE

Diamond House (Guest House) CV22 5AA

Premier Inn Coventry East (M6 Jct2) CV2 2SZ

Brownsover Hall, Rugby – CV21 1HU 

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