MANUFACTURING and engineering companies from across the south west and further afield are counting down to the 2013 Hi Tech Forum conference, taking place in Torbay in this month.
The Manufacturing, Technology and Innovation 2013 conference takes place at the Riviera International Confeence Centre, Torquay, on October 24. Now in its third year, this conference is firmly established as an essential event for hi tech companies who are seeking to flourish and thrive in this challenging, global environment.
The conference will bring together industry leaders from across the UK, who will share strategies behind their national and international business successes. As well as hearing how these companies have built viable business operations in countries such as India, China, and the USA, delegates will also have the opportunity to explore practical solutions which may help their expansion plans, or spotlight supply chain opportunities which can move their business to the next level.
Sub10 Systems provides mobile network operators and small to medium enterprises with high quality, high capacity communications circuits; an energy efficient, cost effective alternative to fixed line connections for data traffic. Throughout 2013 the company clocked up a number of successes including a collaboration with Texas Instruments Incorporated. Recently the company was selected to be one of 20 on a joint UK-Indian government scheme to mentor innovative, high technology UK businesses offering products and solutions most relevant to the Indian market.
Grant Grafton, one of the three founders at Sub10 Systems is a keen supporter of the Torbay Hi Tech Forum and has been a member since it started: "We're all enthusiasts in our company and keen to support the industry. People are surprised how much hi tech business there is in Torbay and the surrounding areas and the Manufacturing, Technology and Innovation Conference will help raise that awareness."
Pippa Clarke, international tax advisor at Bishop Fleming, will be a key speaker at the conference, and urges all hi tech businesses to make the most of the opportunity attendance will bring.
"Delegates at the conference are going to hear first hand how to join the wave of success which many south west businesses in this sector are enjoying. Businesses looking to grow or relocate to our area need to seize every opportunity to improve and extend their capabilities. This conference has proved itself to be an essential networking and knowledge resource."
The south west is a leading destination for technology and manufacturing, with Torbay pioneering many new developments and innovation.
As a result, investment and employment in the sector is increasing year on year. Chris Garcia, CEO of the Heart of the South West LEP, said: "Advanced manufacturing is a key area of growth for us and we are keen to support the sector. With many of our companies competing on a global level, we need to learn from them and understand how they can become a catalyst for growth across the whole economy.
"We have an excellent and expanding skills base, and backed by our world class universities, we have the knowledge and innovation to ensure we succeed. "
This year, delegates from advanced manufacturing, engineering and companies will have the opportunity to join the Hi Tech Forum and become part of the regional driving force behind this growing sector.