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News and Events

28 July 2015 - Kent Food Forum
The University of Greenwich together with the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce will be organising a food & Drinks industry event to bring together professionals and businesses in food manufacturing, food service, public health, research and retail to explore challenges, opportunities and solutions for food and health industry.

7 October 2015 - The Manufacturing & Electronics Expo 2015
The Manufacturing and Electronics Expo is an inspirational business-to-business show that has been designed to support and showcase everything that is great about the manufacturing and electronics sector. BIG will continue its active role to support the planning and organisation of the event.

24 June 2015 - Industrial Workshop
UoG organised an Industrial Workshop for manufacturing SMEs, co-ordinated by the Centre for Innovative Product Development and Manufacturing (CiPDM) held at the University of Greenwich on Wednesday 24th June 2015 in conjunction with the international conference on computer aided design and applications (CAD&A 2015).

25 June 2015 - Kent Excellence in Business Awards
BIG-Kent supported this year’s Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) at the Kent Event Centre, Detling on Thursday, June 25 and co-sponsored the Manufacturing Category. The ceremony, staged and produced by Kent County Council and the KM Media Group, awarded businesses and individuals across 15 categories. This year KEiBA attracted over 300 entries for judges to consider. In addition, the awards event, which was hosted by kmfm’s Rob Wills and Nicola Everett, had its largest attendance with 630 people from across the Kent business community taking part in the celebrations.

BIG-Kent established in 2009, is the umbrella network in Kent for Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology sectors. It is a platform for peer-peer learning and collaborating aimed at private and public sector opportunities, supply chain, funding, partnerships, innovation and growth. BIG is led by the local Manufacturing industry community and is promoted jointly by the University of Greenwich at Medway in Kent and other business support organisations.

They represent the wider interests of the business community, gauge relevance of activities set-out to promote the BIG members’ interests and support the activities. For more details please visit

Industry Advisory Group

  • MJ Allen Group
  • Wirebelt Ltd
  • BAE Systems
  • MEP Ltd
  • Premier Foods
  • Circatron Ltd
  • Raster Vision Ltd

  • Business Support Group

  • EEF – The manufacturers’ organisation
  • Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
  • The Bridge Nucleus
  • Medway Innovation Centre
  • Enterprise Europe Network South East
  • National Maritime Development Group  Join Group on LinkedIn
  • London Made

  • Key Objectives:

    Business improvement by collaborative R&D and commercial partnering.

    Mutual growth through business innovation.

    Public Sector:
    Public sector opportunities and funding.

    Strengthening the regional supply chain network.

    International business.

    Shared Resources:
    Establishing shared innovation, R&D resources and infrastructure.

    Key Activities:

    Innovation Events:
    Business innovation seminars, workshops on industry issues.

    Establishing partnership working frameworks and thematic project consortiums.

    Knowledge Transfer:
    Embedding new knowledge and innovation into industry, particularly SMEs.

    Partnership Working:
    Focus groups, peer to peer learning and collaborative working.

    Leveraging UK/EU public sector funding for innovation projects.

    Commercial Events:
    Commercial partnering/brokerage and meet the buyer events; cross-selling exhibitions.