Keynote speakers target high-tech markets at Torquay event
KEYNOTE speakers will focus on topics from the European market to training the next generation of business boffins at an event in Torquay on Thursday, October 18.
The free business-to-business event MTI ’12, which takes place at the Riviera Centreis on 18 October, is the private sector-led Hi-Tech Forum’s annual event which aims to build Torbay’s strengths in the sector and generate new business.
It is attended by leading hi-tech companies from Torbay and the south west area, and this year aims to build upon the success of the inaugural event last year which attracted 200 delegates.
Following a welcome address by Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver focusing on the opportunities for growth in this sector for Torbay, other speakers will take the stage.
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They include James Clipson - EU Business Engagement Manager in the Technology Strategy Board providing an update on opportunities in the European Market; Tim Jones - Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP talking about how LEPs can support new innovation; Felicity Burch - Economist from EEF Policy Team focussing on driving growth and partnership with industry; John Rubidge - International Sectors and Services Manager, UKTI on world markets; Ewan McClymont - Director of Corporate Development, Bishop Fleming on finance, grants and funding for businesses; Denis Parson - Training and HR Manager at Centrax talking about the proposed South Devon University Technology College and why this is good news for business; and Adam Breeze – The Breeze Strategy, on global opportunities and increasing competition.
As well as the speaker programme there are 'breakout' seminars and exhibitors from the sector and related industries.
Mr Oliver said: "This dynamic event offers local Hi-tech firms a superb platform for sharing expertise, building supply chains and links with the higher education sector, as well as outstanding networking opportunities with speakers, exhibitors and over 200 delegates.
“Once again the South West’s leading advanced manufacturing, engineering and technology companies will help us make this event a success. This fits in with my election promises to encourage and develop this major sector of Torbay’s economy.”
“The advanced electronics and hi-tech sectors are a key target for inward-investment in Torbay."
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