Nick Hussey was appointed director of Manufacturing Insight on 1 September 2009 and has not yet visited schools or universities. He is expected to make contact with key players in education establishments once the Manufacturing Insight business plan has been agreed. The business plan is currently being agreed with the board and is expected to be finalised in autumn 2009.
Manufacturing Insight was established in 2009 and will be formally launched to business in October 2009. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has allocated £50,000 per annum for two years towards start-up costs, as part of a package of core funding, which is to come from the wider business community.