METALL Sponsors

Carpenter Box

Award-winning Carpenter Box* is well known to many companies in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology sectors. Our clients range from smaller businesses in the sector to those with multi-million turnovers and international credentials.

Our style is collaborative. The more we are involved with our clients and their businesses, the greater the value we can add. With a headcount of nearly 200, the firm advises a broad range of clients in all three areas of business. Over the years Carpenter Box has built up a wealth of expertise and beyond accounting and audit, it has helped clients by signposting funding opportunities, promoting tax efficiency and encouraging growth through diversification (by innovation, or by acquisition and merger) as well as through international expansion.

Our experience means that we are ideally positioned to advise our clients on a diverse range of industry areas.  These include accounting and value added audit services, specialist tax advisory work, including Research and Development Tax Relief, Capital Allowances, Group Re-organisations and Patent Box.

Carpenter Box also has strong sector links working alongside teams at the major banks as well as organisations such asCoast to Capital, UKTI and iMechE. Having access to such networks mean that we are ideally placed to help with advice on funding, exporting and other sector related opportunities.

Our Corporate Finance team helps businesses to merge, acquire or sell businesses. We can also provide outsource finance teams and help with an interim FD service. Through our advanced approach to management accounting we can provide regular Key Performance Indicator information to help our clients to run their businesses more efficiently.

For clients wishing to trade internationally our membership of PrimeGlobal means that Carpenter Box gives our clients access to a range of trusted advisers across the globe.

For more information on Carpenter Box visit the website or contact Tony Summers on 01903 234094.

DMH Stallard

DMH Stallard is a full service, award-winning law firm with offices across Sussex, Surrey and London. We deliver successful outcomes for manufacturing businesses by providing tailored legal services with energy and creativity, backed by technical expertise.

We have a long history of supporting the manufacturing sector and work with companies from diverse sub-sectors such as high value engineering, automotive, aerospace, chemicals, electronics, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, textiles and retail/consumer products.

We provide the pragmatic support you need to make your business successful and lower your risks.

Our experience in the manufacturing sector means that as well as legal expertise, we have great insight into your environment and we can apply our technical expertise to work with your business and support you with your trading and growth models.

Our services cover all aspects of law relating to manufacturing businesses, including:

  • Commercial advice on contracts, agreements and alliances as well as IT, outsourcing, regulations and data protection.
  • Corporate support to facilitate mergers, acquisitions, sales and succession planning.
  • Intellectual property is what sets you apart from the competition; we can help you protect and safely commercialise it, to preserve your edge.
  • Employment advice on operational and strategic matters to help you recruit, retain and reward the valuable skilled team you’ve built up, including when recruiting and operating overseas.
  • Real Estate is significant for most manufacturers – even if that’s downsizing driven by Industry 4.0. Our large team deals with all commercial property transactions including leasehold, licences, dilapidations and planning.
  • Dispute resolution experts look at mediation and arbitration to preserve the key commercial relationships that deliver major manufacturing projects when things get tricky, as they sometimes will. Litigation is generally a last resort and we can assist you throughout the whole dispute process.

We have nearly 70 partners across the south, and 300 staff in total. Many of our partners and solicitors have had direct experience of working in industry either in-house or on secondment, and various professional affiliations / connection provide even greater insight into the manufacturing sector.

A natural partner for ambitious entrepreneurial businesses, we take pride in being approachable and in our ability to build lasting relationships. Clients enjoy partner-led service with prompt, clear communication. We provide an exceptional level of client service that will leave you in no doubt that you are partnering with the right law firm.

To see the full range of services we provide to manufacturers, please visit our website:


NatWest Group is the largest business and commercial bank in the UK, with a leading retail business.

British manufacturers are the lifeblood of our economy and at NatWest we’re committed to helping our manufacturing customers navigate the challenges and embrace the opportunities presented by an evolving and changing sector. We know that manufacturing businesses require a bank that understands industry dynamics and through our sector insight, specialist trained staff and vast network of strategic partners we can support you with tailored solutions to help you thrive and achieve your ambitions

NatWest Group is a relationship bank for a digital world. We champion potential; breaking down barriers and building financial confidence so the 19 million people, families and businesses we serve in communities throughout the UK and Ireland can rebuild and thrive. If our customers succeed, so will we.

Strong relationships with millions of customers are at the heart of our workforce. We are committed to having a motivated and inclusive workforce who are engaged and passionate about serving customers.

For more information please visit our website or contact David Greenough on or Andrew Kettle