Women in Manufacturing – Changing perceptions

Estee Ross, our HR Director had the privilege of attending the Changing Perceptions conference organised by the Women in Manufacturing initiative, held at the impressive Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry on October 31st. The event drew a significant turnout from major players in the manufacturing sector, creating a dynamic atmosphere for collaboration and insight. The MTC’s spacious layout and lunch (which Estee says was amazing!) further enhanced the conference experience.

The afternoon session featured engaging workshops that led to inspiring conversations on various topics, including:

  • Be Who You See: diverse roles and opportunities in manufacturing
  • Building Professional Profiles and supporting peers on social media
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • Shaping the Future of Manufacturing Jobs: digital technology, job appeal, and your ideal career
  • Take Your Seat Inside the Board Room – From Critic to Cheerleader: how to shine without feeling like a horrible show off
  • Digital Technologies for Improving Diversity in UK Manufacturing.

A prevalent theme throughout the discussions was the under-representation of women in the manufacturing sector. Conversations revolved around strategies to change this narrative, emphasising the need to raise awareness about the vast career opportunities within the industry. Warren, standing alongside industry giants such as Rolls Royce, Siemens, and Omron, continues to be held in high esteem—a testament to the exceptional work of Richard and Will Bridgman in promoting our SME both in person and across various social media platforms.

The event left a lasting impression, and Estee would very much like to send another member of our team to participate in this fantastic initiative next year.

West Suffolk Gala Evening

On October 13th, Richard Bridgman, our Founder Owner had the honour of being invited by Cliff Waterman, the new leader of West Suffolk Council, to join his table as a guest at the prestigious West Suffolk Gala Evening held at the Apex. The invitation was extended in recognition of Richard’s role as the Chair of the West Suffolk Manufacturing Club. This event is a highlight in the calendar, shining a spotlight on individuals and companies that have demonstrated exceptional achievements throughout the past year.

The evening was nothing short of fantastic, featuring exquisite food and entertainment that set the stage for the much-anticipated awards ceremony. Richard’s table engaged in valuable networking opportunities around his table and beyond. The awards were hosted and presented by Becky Jago, one of the main presenters of ITV Anglia News, as shown in the photo.

Adding to the excitement, a noteworthy achievement unfolded as our valued customer Portable Space, which is run by Mark Dolman, clinched the prestigious Business of the Year Award. Interestingly, Richard had the privilege of visiting their premises earlier that day for a meeting with Mark, making the victory all the more meaningful.

Aluminium for Thetford Academy

Thetford Academy asked us to supply essential material for a special school project. With Year 8 students set to embark on an exciting endeavour, the Academy urgently required small aluminium pieces to create innovative bottle openers and stylish key fobs. The Academy recently showcased the finished articles at their recent Open Evening and they kindly provided some photos of the finished articles.




Chairman of Norfolk County Council Tours Warren

On Tuesday 3rd October, Warren had the privilege of hosting a visit from Counsellor Barry Stone, the Chairman of Norfolk County Council.

Barry’s purpose for the visit was to engage in a discussion about apprenticeships and to have a tour of our facilities at Fison and Brickfields Way.

Counsellor Barry is committed to ensuring that young people receive the necessary encouragement to make informed career choices beyond the age of 16. During his visit, he expressed a keen interest in this aspect of education and career development.

Barry was very impressed by the scale and cleanliness of our factories, as well as the wide diversity of work taking place within our organisation, leaving him with a positive impression of Warren’s operations.

Inspiring the Next Generation: Our National Manufacturing Day Adventure with Local Schools

On Thursday 28th of September, Will had the pleasure of hosting 200 primary school pupils from the following local schools:

  • Drake Primary School
  • Norwich Road Primary School
  • Admirals Primary School
  • Raleigh Primary School

This incredible event was made possible through collaboration with Breckland Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), as part of our support for National Manufacturing Day. We were thrilled to open our doors to these young minds, offering them an insight into the world of manufacturing.

Connecting with the community
At our company, we believe in fostering strong ties with our local community. National Manufacturing Day presented the perfect opportunity to connect with the next generation and showcase the exciting possibilities within our industry.

The Day’s Highlights
The heart of our event revolved around guided tours of both of our factories. In small, intimate groups, Will led the eager students through our manufacturing facilities, providing them with an up-close and personal look at our processes and products. It was a day filled with wonder and amazement as the students witnessed the inner workings of our operations.

Inspiring tomorrow’s innovators
Throughout the tours, Will enthusiastically shared stories of innovation and creativity, highlighting the vital role manufacturing plays in our daily lives.

The day was a resounding success, leaving us with hearts full of hope for the future. We are immensely proud to have welcomed 200 bright and curious primary school pupils from local schools.

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Special Visit from Liz Truss and Dominic Johnson: Exploring Warren’s Diverse Work

On Friday 22nd September, we received a visit from Liz Truss, our local MP in Thetford, and Dominic Johnson, the Minister of State for Trade of the United Kingdom, at our Brickfields Site. They dedicated a considerable amount of time to explore our facilities and engage in conversations with many of our employees.

Both visitors expressed their astonishment at the wide range of work we undertake for our numerous customers. They showed particular interest in our Apprenticeship programme and eagerly questioned several of our apprentices about their reasons for coming to work at Warren.

Following the comprehensive factory tour, our gathering shifted to the meeting room, where Will and Jo Pearson joined us. Both were keen to gain insights into the challenges confronting the Government, particularly in relation to businesses across the nation. Dominic and Liz offered to help us in any way they can, for which we extend our heartfelt gratitude.

It’s not every day that a Member of the House of Lords shares their personal mobile number with you.

Unveiling the Truth About Apprenticeships – a Presentation at the Employer Networking Meeting

In a picturesque setting at the Refectory at Norwich Cathedral, an enlightening evening unfolded this week, at the Employer Networking Meeting, hosted by Apprenticeships Norfolk. The gathering brought together local businesses keen on exploring the world of apprenticeships.

Estee Ross, our HR Director, was invited to share her experiences along with Sophie Gray from Aviva in the realm of apprenticeships. The night was fantastic, as we delved into the many facets of apprenticeships, dispelling myths and celebrating the true value they bring to both employers and apprentices alike.

As we are an SME based in Norfolk that has hired apprentices for many years, the event was a great platform for us to shed light on apprenticeship recruitment, support, and retention – areas where we consistently strive for excellence. One of the most impactful segments of her presentation was when she debunked several persistent myths surrounding apprenticeships.

Myth: “Apprenticeships are for people who don’t do well at school.”
Estee highlighted that apprenticeships are not a refuge for academic underachievers but rather a dynamic pathway to acquire practical skills, knowledge, and qualifications.

Myth: “Apprentices are only used for cheap labour.”
This misconception was swiftly dispelled as Estee emphasised the symbiotic relationship between employers and apprentices. Apprenticeships are a strategic investment, benefiting both parties as apprentices contribute meaningfully to the workforce while honing their skills.

Myth: “Apprenticeships don’t lead to good qualifications.”
Contrary to this belief, Estee showcased how apprenticeships offer a structured framework for learning and development, culminating in valuable qualifications that enhance career prospects.

The Employer Networking Meeting was a testament to the collaborative spirit that thrives in the Norfolk business community. Through insightful discussions and shared experiences, attendees gained a deeper understanding of the pivotal role apprenticeships play in shaping a skilled and motivated workforce.

We extend our gratitude to Apprenticeships Norfolk for hosting this event and for providing a platform for open dialogue.

Attendees left the Employer Networking Meeting with a renewed commitment to fostering apprenticeships, knowing that they are a driving force behind innovation, growth, and success in the modern workforce.

Team Warren completes the “Only the Brave” challenge!

On the 24th of September, Team Warren embarked on an incredible journey at the Euston “Only the Brave” event. Ten of our dedicated members fearlessly embraced the six-mile challenge, all for a noble cause.

Our mission was clear: to raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The event itself was flawlessly executed, and we can’t recommend it enough as a fantastic team-building experience.

If you’d like to contribute to this worthy cause, our fundraising page is still active and ready to accept your generous donations. Feel free to visit and donate here:

Here are some photos of us at the event…

Only the brave Warren Team 

Embrace the Challenge: Team Warren Ventures into “Only the Brave”

The thrill of adventure and the call of camaraderie are leading Team Warren to an exciting challenge – “Only the Brave.” On the 24th of September, 11 of our team will be taking on this exhilarating endeavour at Euston Estate. What’s in store? A spirited 6-mile run punctuated with a medley of daring obstacles. But it’s not just a test of our mettle; it’s a chance to make a difference.

A Run with a Purpose

“Only the Brave” isn’t just about the thrill of the race; it’s about rallying for a cause. This charity event holds a special place in our hearts as it serves as a platform to raise both awareness and funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Every step we take and every obstacle we overcome contributes to making a positive impact on this vital service that saves lives in our community.

Join us in the adventure

As we gear up for this exciting venture, we extend an invitation to all the bold souls out there. If the prospect of running amidst obstacles and being a part of a spirited charity event ignites a spark in you, we welcome you to join us. Your enthusiasm and participation could make a significant difference, not only in your own life but also in the lives of those who benefit from the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s crucial services.

Are you ready to heed the call? If you’re interested in embarking on this journey with us, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Estee. Together, we can embrace the challenge, create lasting memories, and contribute to a worthy cause.

Stay tuned as we gear up for the event, and we’ll be sure to share our experiences, triumphs, and the indomitable spirit that propels Team Warren forward. Let’s be brave together!

National Manufacturing Day – 28th September 2023

Mark your calendars, because National Manufacturing Day is just around the corner! We’re excited to be a part of this initiative, collaborating closely with the local council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to ignite enthusiasm among young individuals for businesses within our community.

Under the guidance of our Managing Director Will, efforts have been underway to inspire and engage the youth of Thetford in the world of manufacturing. The response from local schools has been nothing short of remarkable, with a substantial number of them eagerly participating in this initiative.

On the day itself which falls on the 28th of September, our premises will come alive with the energy and curiosity of 250 primary school children. The schedule has been thoughtfully planned to ensure a seamless and well-managed experience for both our guests and us. Accompanied by their supportive school staff, these young minds will be introduced to the captivating world of manufacturing.

Given the sizeable turnout, it’s important to note that each group of children will have the opportunity to explore one of our factories. While we would love to offer them a glimpse into all our operations, the sheer volume makes it more practical to focus on one. – and we’re committed to making their visit educational, engaging, and inspiring.

As the event approaches, a comprehensive meeting will take place, to delve into the intricate logistics of the day, ensuring that every aspect is meticulously planned. Rest assured, any vital updates or information that we believe you might find valuable will be promptly communicated to all concerned parties.

National Manufacturing Day isn’t just about showcasing what we do – it’s about nurturing curiosity, sparking interest, and laying the foundation for a future that’s both bright and industrious. We’re eagerly anticipating the opportunity to welcome these young learners into our midst and contribute to their growth, as well as the growth of our industry as a whole. Stay tuned for more updates as the day draws closer!