PMG Christmas Lecture 2016

Rob Law MBE, founder and director of Magmatic Ltd, the company behind the children's suitcase and luggage brand Trunki. © Magmatic Ltd.

  • Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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One in every eight people employed in Plymouth works in engineering and/or manufacturing. We have the highest concentration of such employment of any city south of the Midlands and as a consequence our sector represents a significant part of the city’s increasingly important ‘STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) economy’.

In recognition of this fact, the Plymouth Manufacturers' Group (PMG), in association with Plymouth University and Santander Corporate & Commercial, is pleased to be holding its second Annual Christmas Lecture. Following on from the success of last year's event, we welcome Rob Law MBE, one of Britain's most well-known entrepreneurs, as the guest Christmas Lecturer for 2016. 

Rob is best known as the founder of and director of Magmatic Ltd, the company behind the much-loved children’s suitcase and luggage brand Trunki which is made by PMG member, Magma Moulding (part of the Magmatic group of companies), here in Plymouth. 

The company is forging a new retail category of Children Travel Products and offers a whole range of innovative solutions that help families on the go. Magmatic has been trading for ten years, now employing 74 people and was named SME of the Year at the National Business Awards in 2012.

Rob trained in Product Design and his early career saw him working in Taiwan, New York and London before launching the Trunki brand in 2006. He is a passionate business speaker with a fresh approach to leadership, instilling innovative thinking across his organisation, as well a committed champion of British manufacturing and design rights.

Steve Gerry, PMG Secretary, says: 

"Rob has a wealth of experience to draw on and it will be interesting to hear what he selects to cover in his talk. For instance, it could include: how he began his business career as a simple start-up and built his brand up to become a world famous name with popular appeal that met a genuine consumer need – possibly alluding to his experience of going up against the Dragons of the BBC TV series Dragons Den along the way. Or, with more than 70 industry and consumer awards, including the coveted National Business Award, and distribution in almost 100 countries to underscore Magmatic’s success, Rob could demonstrate how small businesses can continue to be successful in the post-Brexit economic climate. He’s also an advocate for the success and importance of reshoring – bringing manufacturing back to the UK – for which Plymouth is thankful. He might also choose to give his views on the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this year where he lost an intellectual property battle with a rival business that admits to having got the idea for its own products after seeing his invention. Most recently Rob has expanded the company’s product range to include the new ‘Jurni’ - a carry-on suitcase for the next generation of young connected travellers which he successfully launched using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Let’s face it, whatever Rob chooses to talk about it’s going to be a fascinating evening." 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only - please register via the above link.

Start time: 18:00 arrival for 18:30 lecture start. Welcome by Bill Murphy, Chairman of the PMG.

Wine and canapes will be served afterwards in the University's Crosspoint Zone.

The PMG is an informal network of manufacturing companies from across Plymouth and beyond. PMG is a valued partner of Plymouth University: information about the partnership.

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