Design Show debates key industry issues

Britain’s image and the boosting of product innovation are the subjects of two Design Week debates to be held during The Design Show, which runs from 12-14 October at London’s Business Design Centre.

The first debate, titled This house believes Britain will never shake its image of Beefeaters, bulldogs and bowler hats, will take place on 12 October. Participants will include Michael Johnson of Johnson Banks and British Council chief knowledge manager Edmund Marsden.

The second session on 14 October will address the motion This house believes that British manufacturing is crusty and scared of risk. Speaking for the motion will be product designers Nigel Goode of Priestman Goode and Adrian Berry of Factory. Opposing them will be Lawrie Cunningham, industrial design manager at Black & Decker, and Clive Grinyer, head of product design at Tag McLaren Audio.

DW editor Lynda Relph-Knight will chair both sessions.

The debates are being co-ordinated by Design Events. To book a place for the debates or for details of the Design Show, call 02476 715263. Alternatively, register on-line at

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