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June    

                       


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.


24 June 2015 - Industrial Workshop - Manufacturing SME’s role in Collaborative Innovation

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). The workshop attracted international speakers and major companies such as Cummins, BAE and focused on funding and innovative collaborative opportunities available to Manufacturing SMEs. There were interactive sessions to discuss specific business issues, challenges, requirements and potential opportunities with national and international experts.


4 June 2015 - Wireless Communication and Electromagnetic Compatibility Workshop

UoG organised a workshop presenting various solutions to improve EMC of industrial communication devices together with UGent, Belgium. Demonstrators discussed about various algorithms to analyse wireless communication in the presence of external interference in frequency bands from 400MHz to 6GHz.


May    

                       


13 May 2015 - Kent 2020

BIG-Kent supported and exhibited for the sixth year in series at the Kent 2020 Vision LIVE which is the South East’s premier B2B exhibition and largest regional event of its kind in the UK. The event was attended by over 3,200 buyers, suppliers, partners and the whole Kent business community. Over the past nine years, Kent 2020 Vision LIVE has grown to become the largest regional business event in the UK, bringing together emerging technologies, new markets and new partners.


April    

                       


30 April 2015 – National Maritime Connect Events

BIG-Kent hosted the National Maritime Group business breakfast and the follow on Maritime Connect event at the University of Greenwich, Greenwich Maritime. The event featured keynote presentations from Sean Collins, Chief Exec of MBNA Thames Clippers who talked about “PUTNEY TO ROYAL ARSENAL – Investing in the future of the Thames” and Prof Dotun Adebanjo from University of Greenwich who talked about “Transport Operations and Supply Chain Management”. The event attracted over 35 guests that participated in the lively debates and business networking. The Maritime Connect Event featured over a dozen key organisations including Thames Tideway Tunnel, Thames Clippers and Royal Navy.


15 April 2015 - EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2014/15

EEF Future Manufacturing Awards highlight the resilience, determination and ingenuity of the UK’s manufacturing community. Naylor Drainage Ltd won the prestigious Winner of Winners 2014 award amongst other national winners of the Future Manufacturing Awards. Dr Pal Kulandaivel, a judge of the awards committee said “this year’s entries pushed the awards even higher and the competition was fierce”. Entering the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards gives you the opportunity to shout about your achievements and your innovation and attract talented staff and right business partners”. The entry for EEF Future Manufacturing Awards for 2015 are now open and are judged regionally across the UK and winners announced at celebration regional events.


February    

                       


24 February 2015 – NMDG Business Breakfast Event

University of Greenwich hosted the business breakfast event on 24th February at the Chatham Maritime campus. Professor Mike Bradley presented the capabilities of the newly formed Greenwich Manufacturing Group at the University of Greenwich and Tim Simms of Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) presented how IMarEST plays a key role globally for the Marine professionals. The Greenwich Manufacturing Group brings together around one hundred academic staff from all three faculties at the University of Greenwich. With this critical mass and annual research funding grants amounting to around £5 million, the Greenwich Manufacturing Group represents one of the largest groups of university-based manufacturing expertise in the South East of the UK. This expertise in high-value manufacturing covers four main areas: Computational modelling and simulation, Industrial processing, Digital design and manufacturing informatics and Supply chain management and logistics. The main focus of the event was to share common technologies, skills, experience and to provide information on how the staff of world leading research centre at the School of Engineering have solved some of the world’s most challenging multidisciplinary problems.


10 to 12 February 2015 - Southern Manufacturing Event

BIG-Kent exhibited for the fifth year in series and supported one of the UK’s largest manufacturing, electronics and subcontracting event on 10th to 12th February 2015 at Farnborough International. MJ Allen and RVL were among key BIG members that exhibited at the show. There were 600 plus top suppliers from top electronics production, electronics sub-contract manufacturing, automation and robotics, electronic components, control and motion engineering, fastening and adhesives and other industry leaders.


November    

                       


18 November 2014 - Kent Invicta Chamber - After hours event

Venue: University of Greenwich, Chatham, ME4 4TB


The UoG hosted an evening event for the Kent Invicta Chamber facilitated by Louisa Felstead and colleagues of the KICC when Dr Pal Kulandaivel spoke about “UK's Knowledge Economy – Role of UoG & UTCs”. The event was attended by over 25 guests that joined a very lively discussion after the event.


October    

                       


21 October 2014 - Industry 4.0 International Conference

Venue: Ghent, Belgium


BIG-Kent supported a major international conference “Industry 4.0” at Ghent in Belgium On the 21st Oct. The conference focused on “smart specialisation” and next generation of inter-connected advanced manufacturing and communication. Around 35 delegates from UK joined over 200 guests from Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany and other parts of EU. This event is part of the EU inter -regional cluster IMOSYDE financed by Interreg IVA 2 Seas.

For more details and presentations please visit http://www.imosyde.eu


8 October 2014 - Manufacturing & Engineering Expo

Venue: Kent Event Centre, Maidstone, 9.00 am - 4.30 pm


BIG-Kent supported the successful organisation of the one of the UK's largest dedicated Manufacturing & engineering business showcase on the 8th of October 2014 at Kent Event Centre, Maidstone. BIG members Texcel Technology plc and MEP Ltd presented at the workshops and BIG/UoG sponsored the lunch seminar.


July       

                       


8 July 2014 - Kent B2B Exhibition and Conference

Venue: Ashford International Hotel


The annual Kent B2B took place on Tuesday 8th July at the Ashford International Hotel hosted by the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. Amongst the keynote speakers was John Longworth, the current Director General of the British Chamber of Commerce. With 90 exhibitors and latest innovations within business offered fantastic networking opportunities for exhibitors and delegates. Big-Kent supported the annual dinner when Gordan Banks, England’s favourite goal keeper spoke about his life and football career.


10 July 2014 - 1st EEC - IMOCCA Project Conference at UoG

Venue: Pembroke Building Ward Room, P130 & P134, University of Greenwich, Chatham, ME4 4TB


UoG organised an international conference as part of the EU inter-regional project IMOCCA, a 4.2 mn EUR consortium for topics concerning Factory Automation. UoG at Chatham is home to the UK nodes of the Inter-regional international network of mobility and competence centres in automation. The partner nodes are based at Belgium and France. This event showcased range of presentations from change in landscape of engineering R&D research, embedded systems and novel RFID applications and company presentations from Kent based manufacturer Stickleback manufacturing and Ragworm.


16 July 2014 - Innovative Product Development Workshop & Factory visit

Venue: Ford Motors, Dagenham


Innovative product development workshop was organised by Prof James Gao from UoG and hosted by Tim Saunders of Ford at Ford Motor Company’s Dagenham Engine Plant on Wednesday 16th July 2014. The workshop focused on recent research projects undertaken by the Centre for Innovative Product Development and Manufacturing (CiPDM) at the University of Greenwich; these include projects involving Cummins Power Generation, BAE Systems and Ford Motor Company, as well as a European project being conducted in collaboration with CESi University in Rouen, France.


May        

                       


14 May 2014 - Kent 2020 Exhibition

Venue: Kent Event Centre, Maidstone


BIG-Kent support Kent 2020 Vision LIVE which is the South East's premier B2B event: with more than 3,000 customers, suppliers and partners coming together for the year's most important business gathering.


March        

                       


Wednesday 26th March 2014,10am-1pm - SEMTA London and South East Regional Councils meeting

Venue: CEME, Marsh Way, Rainham, Essex, RM13 8EU


Recently the London and south east councils were merged to a single council. Consolidation of the two councils brings with it a requirement to rationalise the council membership and an opportunity to refocus our strategic intent. Our aim is to give employers greater support and increasing regional presence and we envisage that the group will:


  • Become the main skills body within London and the South East
  • Enhance and strengthen the greater London and South East Regional (LASER) Partnership. BIG-Kent is the Kent arm for LASER.
  • Align with EEF, MAS and NAS
  • Ensure greater LEP involvement and synchronisation
  • Enable wider employer participation – both OEM and SME’s
  • Sponsor greater sharing of best practice
  • Create a unified voice for London and the South East

  • Anthony Eastwood - Chairman, SEMTA London and South East Regional Council

    Human Resources Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

    Please note this event is for Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing businesses only. Registration is FREE for invited guests. This SEMTA event is a great opportunity to learn and connect with SEMTA for sourcing apprentices and funding. Please contact Dr Pal Kulandaivel at info@big-kent.org.uk or Tel: 01634 883 912


    Thursday 27th March 2014 - BIG-NMDG Breakfast Event on Marine Construction & Engineering

    Venue: School of Engineering, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, ME4 4TB


    The business breakfast will include presentations from:

  • Nicola Clay, Director, Coastal and Marine Environment, Royal HaskoningDHV and Chair of the Central Dredging Association (CEDA) UK and the UK Water Framework Directive Navigation Sector Group.


  • Prof Amir Alani, Head of Civil Engineering, University of Greenwich

  • The morning will also include a tour of the construction and engineering laboratories of the University of Greenwich.

    Price for the Breakfast for NMDG Members & their paid-for guests is £15+VAT and for non-members £18+VAT. Bookings will be taken by the Lead Organiser, National Maritime Development Group. Please contact initially Dr Pal Kulandaivel at info@big-kent.org.uk or Tel 01634 883 912.


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    12th and 13th February 2014 - Southern Manufacturing Show 2014, FIVE, Farnborough


    On the 12th and 13th Feb, BIG-Kent network partners notably the University of Greenwich, MJ Allen Group, Rastervision successfully exhibited for a fourth year in series at the Southern Manufacturing show alongside around fifteen other Kent manufacturing businesses. For future opportunities to exhibit as part of the BIG-Kent network, please contact us.


    Thursday 27th February 2014 - BIG-NMDG Breakfast Event “Helping the Marine Industries Deliver Against Market Opportunities”

    Venue: Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9LS


    By 2020 the UK marine industries will be renowned for the quality and value for money of their high technology products, systems and services globally, and for their overall and substantial contribution to the UK’s economic, environmental and social well-being.


  • Peter Joyce, Assistant Head of Aerospace, Marine and Defence Unit at Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the lead policy official for the implementation of the Marine Industrial Growth Strategy.

  • Andy Linegar, Executive Delivery Manager, Marine Industries Leadership Council and Programme Manager, Defence Future Programme, Babcock International Group PLC, will be speaking about the UK’s first ever integrated strategy for the growth of the marine industries and how it establishes a foundation for sustainable long-term cooperation.

  • Time : 07.30 am (registration) 07.45 am START.

    This venue will be providing a full English breakfast.

    Price for the Breakfast for NMDG Members & their paid-for guests is £15+VAT and for non-members £18+VAT. Bookings will be taken by the Lead Organiser, National Maritime Development Group. Please contact initially Dr Pal Kulandaivel at info@big-kent.org.uk or Tel 01634 883 912.


    13th November 2013 - Interim meeting on Innovative Product Development and Manufacturing


    The Innovative Product Development Focus Group held an interim meeting on the 13th November at the Chatham Maritime campus of the University of Greenwich presented by leading manufacturers in the region and discussed by the group. The meeting involved interactive sessions for industry experts to discuss issues within supply chain management, Product Lifecycle Management and Customer request handling. lean management and 6 sigma.



    31 October 2013 - Think Maritime - Broaden your horizon


    The National Maritime Development Group, successfully hosted the event with over 35 guests including Tim Allen MD of MJ Allen Group on the 31st November at Havering College, Essex.


    The event was designed to support all enterprises involved, or seeking to work in the design, construction, maintenance and repair of relevant maritime structures, including the complete supply chain of systems, equipment, services and support by research and education institutes.


    The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) discussed how MAS works to support manufacturers based in England, no matter what size of company. Supported by Premaberg Manufacturing, Essex who spoke about the MAS support they received for the development of their heated air intake separators. Also, SEMTA shared how they support the engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies sector to transform the skills and productivity of its people.



    10th July 2013 - Manufacturing and Engineering Expo


    The Manufacturing and Engineering Expo 2013 was held at the Historic Dockyard on 10 July 2013.


    This event showcased businesses and firms within the engineering and Manufacturing sector. Major contributors were BAE systems and the University of Greenwich.

    The event provided opportunities to meet key clientele and improve supply chain for the attending businesses. There was also one-to-one networking platforms and chances for meeting new customers, clients, supplieers and business partners.



    13th-14th June 2013 - i-MOCCA Conference and Industry User Group


    The University of Greenwich at Medway hosted an internal conference for the i-MOCCA consortium.


    The i-MOCCA project is an interregional network of competence centres in the field of industrial data communication and embedded systems, funded by ERDF (INTTEREG). The project offers advanced training to industry and works to develop innovation within the field.

    The University of Greenwich at Medway, Kent, will be home to the UK centre as part of a 7 member EU consortium with other centres in France and Belgium. For more details please visit our website at www.imocca.eu



    30th May 2013 - "National Historic Ships" - Joint event with National Maritime Development Group


    The breakfast meeting of the National Maritime Development Group was held on Thursday 30th May 2013 at the School of Engineering, University of Greenwich, The Old Royal Naval College, Maritime Greenwich.


    The Guest speakers included Martyn Heighton, Director and Hannah Cunliffe, Policy & Project Manager, National Historic Ships UK, who spoke about the organisations advisory role to UK government, its work with the Heritage Lottery Fund and their skills development programmes, including the support available for the historic ships sector through grants, conservation and business advice. Speakers included Professor Chris Bellamy who spoke on "Preserving and promoting Britain's maritime heritage" and Dr Stoyan Stoyanov who gave a presentation on "Computer-aided conservation for Cutty Sark".


    The Event was attended by over 35 guests, including members of the National Maritime Development Group (NMDG) and members of the Business Innovation Group Kent (BIG-Kent).



    25th April 2013 - BIG-Kent at "Kent 2020 Live"


    BIG-Kent exhibited at the event and there was a lot of businesses and organisations with interest in the network. The event provided a platform for BIG-Kent to reach out to new and innovative engineering firms and increase its network of partners.



    28th March 2013 - Thames Tideway Tunnel, jointly with NMDG


    The breakfast meeting of the National Maritime Development Group was held on Thursday 28th March 2013 at the School of Engineering, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent. In partnership with the Thames Gateway and South East LEP Manufacturing alliance, BIG, supporters of maritime manufacturing, engineering and technology and the Enterprise Europe Network. The guest speaker was Mr. Roger Bailey, Head of Asset Delivery at Thames Tideway Tunnel.



    4th to 6th March 2013 - BIG-Kent at "Bloodhound Swale Event"  


    http://www.bloodhoundswale.co.uk/
    Bloodhound Educational Visit to Swale 2013.
    The Bloodhound SSC plans to beat the current record [763mph] set in 1997 by Thrust SSC by the year 2014 .This event engaged with local businesses, the Borough Council, strategic education and economic planners with Kent County Council and communities and families within the area. Each group session was tailored to meet the education needs of the students and aimed at ‘Inspiring the Next Generation’.

    BIG-Kent Exhibited alongside other businesses and introduced the network to everyone at the event.



    13th and 14th February 2013 - Southern Manufacturing Show 2013, FIVE, Farnborough

    On the 13th and 14th Feb, BIG-Kent network partners notably the University of Greenwich, MJ Allen Group, Circatron, Rastervision successfully exhibited for a third year in series at the Southern Manufacturing show alongside notable manufacturing businesses from UK and overseas. For future opportunities to exhibit as part of the BIG-Kent network, please contact us.



    4th February 2013 - BIG-Kent supports: Engineering and Manufacturing, the future in Kent


    Organised by: Kent Economic Board

    West Malling, United Kingdom

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    Kent County Council sponsored forum to discuss key factors affecting Kent’s Engineering and Manufacturing businesses: (a) Skills and Apprenticeships (b) Business support for lean manufacturing and reducing carbon emissions (c) Case study - Exporting - the way forward? (d) Case study - Maintaining pace with Technology (e) Case study - Accessing Finance, from East Kent Expansion funds

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    18th Dec 2012 - Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, London region meeting


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    BIG-Kent hosted the London region meeting at the Dartford Nucleus. SEMTA is to become a supporting organisation of BIG-Kent and Dr Pal Kulandaivel has been invited to join the SEMTA London and South East Advisory Board.

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    10th December 2012 - 3rdIndustrial Workshop


    Innovative Product Development and Manufacturing

    This event follows the successful industrial workshops hosted by BAE Systems (Rochester, July 2011), and Cummins Power Generation (Ramsgate, March 2012).

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    The purpose of the workshops is to bring together companies in Kent and the surrounding areas, to discuss and share experience in manufacturing engineering, focusing on strategic issues related to new product development and associated lifecycle activities. In particular, this workshop will focus on product lifecycle management and related topics. This workshop will be a joint event with the industrial and academic partners of the recently awarded EU INTERREG project - BENEFITS (Building an Expertise Network for an Efficient Innovation and Training System) in both the UK and French sides of the Channel. In addition to senior industrial speakers from BAE Systems, Ford, Cummins Power Generation and other major manufacturing companies in the Kent and surrounding areas, we have invited senior speakers from the French side of the Channel to share with us. The format of the workshop will be interactive discussions about industrial problems, issues, solutions and trends in product lifecycle management and related topics such as collaborative product development, maintenance and service management, sustainability, innovation and knowledge management, manufacturing planning, supply chain management, quality management, and customer requirement management. This special interest group has had two informal meetings on statistical process control and six sigma in July and October this year which provided opportunities for in-depth discussions on this special topic. We would also like you to propose a short presentation, or a list of questions/issues for discussion at the workshop. 

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    28th Nov 2012 - Breakfast Event 


    Intellectual Property Rights and Wrongs: Trademarks


     All the world’s household name companies have brands which are instantly recognisable. But protecting your brand isn’t only important for the likes of Apple, Coca-Cola, and BMW.

    Trademarks are relevant to almost all businesses of any size which have a brand image and reputation to protect. However, many SMEs don’t realise the potential value and security that trademark protection can bring to their business.

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    Using practical examples and case studies from SMEs, Simon Stanes, head of EIP’s trademark practice EIP Brands, will explain what trademarks are, their potential value to your business, and explore whether you should consider trademark protection for your brands and products. Find out what trademarks can be used to protect, what’s involved in registering them, and how you can enforce your trademarks.

     About the speaker

    Simon Stanes is a European and UK Trademark Attorney and head of the trademark practice EIP Brands at intellectual property attorneys and solicitors EIP. Simon has more than 15 years’ experience in trademark prosecution and advising clients in sectors as diverse as engineering and IT, pharmaceuticals, finance, music and media industries.

    For registrations please e-mail info@big-kent.og.uk or Tel 01634 883 912

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    30th Oct 2012 - Profibus UK - Steering Committee Meeting


    BIG-Kent hosted the national steering committee meeting for the Profibus UK at The Bridge Nucleus, Dartford on the 30th Oct 2012.

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    Companies and Professionals in the industrial data coomunications, bus technologies and embedded systems and controls are welcome to register interest to attend coffee networking with the group. For details contact us at  info@big-kent.org.uk or Tel: 01634 883 912

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    29th Oct 2012 - Institute for Sustainability visit 


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    Key representatives from Institute of Sustainability and BIG-Kent (University of Greenwich) to meet and discuss collaborative opportunities including supply chain, sustainable transport, infrsatructure, buildings and smart connected cities. For more details about the institute please visit http://www.instituteforsustainability.co.uk/

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    22nd October 2012 - SEMTA visit


    SEMTA - The Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies is visiting the University of Greenwich at Medway, Chatham, Kent on the 22nd Oct 2012 to conduct a focus group workshop on topics including:

    - Apprenticeships; Semta funding support offer for businesses
    - Graduates; Semta GIF latest funding support for Businesses
    - Supply Chain; opportunities for collaborative working 

    To get involved in this event please contact us at info@big-kent.org.uk  or Tel: 01634 883 912



     11th Oct 2012 - Construction Expo, Historic Dockyard, Chatham 


    BIG-Kent supports the "Construction Expo 2012 Engineering & Design" at Chatham on Thursday the 11th of Oct. Come and visit us at the University of Greenwich stand.



    10th Oct 2012 - East Kent B2B


    We are exhibiting at East Kent B2B to be held at the Ramada Dover Hotel. The event will feature seminars on How to access the Expansion East Kent Loan, Opportunity to meet Local Suppliers, and Networking . Guest Speakers to include representatives from Expansion East Kent Programme and Kent Business Academy covering Focus on East Kent, Investment, Promotion & Growth, Your routes to Improvement & Growth respectively.



    25th July 2012 - BIG-Kent Summer Event (STEM)


    Members of the BIG-Kent network and companies involved in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing related sectors are invited to attend the free BIG-Kent summer event and exhibition. The event is due to be held on the 25th July 2012 at the St George's centre, Medway Chatham Maritime.


    The event will feature a series of presentations from senior industrial and academic speakers on issues that are key to science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM) related industries. There will furthermore be presentations from senior members of the financial services sector delivering advice on R&D tax credits, capital allowances, venture capital investment and commercial banking issues which affect companies operating within STEM sectors.


    Networking opportunities with sector specialists will be available, and the event will end with a panel debate exploring how science, technology, engineering and manufacturing sectors can stimulate the economy.




    9-13th July 2012 - Farnborough Airshow 2012


    The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is the world's most iconic global aviation event. Occupying a prominent position on the aerospace calendar, the airshow takes place every other year for one week in July. The first five days of the exhibition are traditionally trade days, followed by a weekend where the show is opened up to the public


    BIG-Kent alongside Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) will be exhibiting at the Farnborough Airshow.




    16th July 2012 - Six Sigma / Statistical Process Control in Manufacturing Operations


    This informal discussion will be very focused on how your company apply the Six Sigma and process control tools/philosophy in your manufacturing operations, including your suppliers'. Related applications in product development and other business processes are also welcome. We would like you to invite you to come and share experiences, good practice, solutions, problems and issues with other members of our focus group.


    This is an interim activity for the Centre for Innovative Product Development, between the formal workshops that are run twice a year (at Cummins Power Generation, and BAE Systems).




    13-14th June 2012 - Renewable Energy Generation Short Course


    Following the success of this course during the first series in April, the University of Greenwich are repeating this course. Are you interested in learning more about renewable technology for your home and how to benefit financially through the Government's Feed In Tariff (FiT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes?


    The Case for Renewable Energy is a two-day course dealing with the science behind climate change and practical measures anyone could take to lower their personal environmental impact and to save money. The course will provide an overview of renewable energy technologies currently in use and their suitability for a range of domestic and industrial situations. The course will be held on the University of Greenwich Medway Campus on the 12th and 13th of June, and the fee is £250.


    Click [here] to download flyer.



    21st June 2012 - Electronics Manufacturing & Reliability Engineering


    BIG STEM program will be running two short courses in Electronics Manufacturing and Reliability Engineering on the 20th and 21st of June at the Medway Campus. The price to register for this single course is £150 plus VAT.


    Course 2 is designed for production and quality personnel who uses lead free soldering technology and are responsible for day-to-day running and maintaining of a surface mount assembly line. Knowledge gained from the course would help the individuals to reduce assembly defects and hence to increase the production yield. The course may also benefit material, equipment suppliers to have a better understanding of the issues and interactions of materials and process parameters in the assembly process.


    Click [here] to download flyer.



    Q2 2012 - i-MOCCA User Group Meeting


    The University of Greenwich at Chatham Maritime is one of the key partners in the new EU Interregional Mobility and Competence Centres in Automation (i-MOCCA) project.


    The session will serve to gather feedback for professionals in engineering, data communication, electronics, embedded systems control and automation related fields to highlight key areas where training and knowledge development would be of high value. This will be used to formulate a series of free advanced training short courses, available to the employees of contributing companies and regional manufacturers. Companies that operate in industrial data communications, electronics control and embedded systems will find this immensely useful.


    Click [here] to download flyer.



    9th March 2012 - BIG 2nd Industrial Workshop on Innovative Product Development


    After the successful industrial workshop hosted by BAE Systems, Rochester, in July 2011, the second workshop will be hosted by Cummins Power Generation (Ramsgate) on the 9th of March 2012. We would like to invite you to attend the workshop and become a member of our special interest group.


    The purpose of this workshop is to bring together companies in Kent and the surrounding areas, to discuss and share experience in manufacturing engineering, focusing on strategic issues related to new product development and associated lifecycle activities. You are invited to participate alongside senior industrial speakers from BAE Systems, Cummins Power Generation and other leading product development professionals. The format of the workshop will be interactive discussions about industrial problems, issues, solutions and trends.


    Click [here] to download flyer.



    15-16th February 2012 - BIG-Kent at Southern Manufacturing 2012


    The Southern Manufacturing exhibition is the UK's largest regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition. In 2011, the exhibition drew more than 6000 visitors to see over 600 exhibiting companies and organisations.


    In 2011, BIG-Kent member companies were given the opportunity to exhibit under the BIG-Kent umbrella in our reserved area, providing a high value platform to increase the profile of their companies on a national and international level. The event was a resounding success for all, attracting many new business contacts and opening the doors to many business opportunities.


    For 2012, BIG-Kent and member companies once again are exhibiting at our specially reserved exhibition space. Please find us at stand E84.




    The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling runs the Biomass Handling, Feeding and Storage Short Course


    Held on the 8th of December, the 15th and 26th of January and the 15th of February 2012.


    • Common issues for existing and new systems.
    • Best practice for dust emission and control.
    • The special properties of biomass.
    • Design for new systems and equipment.


    Click [here] to download flyer.



    30th November 2011 - Benchmarking and Sharing Best Paractice, Visit to MJ Allen at Ashford


    BIG-Kent invite you to join to us for our first in a series of "Inside View" visits, designed to show manufacturing across Kent and give Kent based manufacturers the opportunity to benchmark and share experiences. The visit will take place at the MJ Allen Group based in Ashford, which is a family owned manufacturing business with sales of around £27m.


    Their services include expertise in patterns, casting and machining (MJ Allen), punch tooling and dies (Rydal), metrology (Verdict), sheet metal working machinery (Airworks, RMT, Gabro), architectural, restoration and conservation metalworking (Mather and Smith), after-market automotive clutch and brake (National Autoparts) and automotive transmission systems design (Countytrac).


    Click [here] to download flyer.



    26th October 2011 - Business Week Live Exhibition


    BIG-Kent supports Business Week Live scheduled to take place at the Dover Cruise Exhibition Centre.




    30th September 2011 - Motoring and Transport Industry Forum


    Transport and Motoring in the UK encompasses a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, service support, computing, construction and communications. During the midst of what is a challenging economic situation, companies require a competitive edge to successfully contend in an industry in which the UK public sector is budgeted to spend over £20 billion in 2011-2012.


    The BIG-Kent network will be hosting an event in September 2011 to explore the emerging industry trends, challenges and opportunities for companies involved in aspects of the transport industry. The event will be a valuable opportunity to hear presentations from senior individuals working within and providing into the sector and will cover a range of topics including but not limited to: government policies, manufacturing supply-chain, OEMs in the UK, IC engines/fuels, performance, electric vehicles or greener transport, alternative fuels (H2, bio-diesel), hydrogen infrastructure, logistics and infrastructure


    Click [here] to download flyer.



    12th July 2011 - Industrial Workshop on Innovative Product Development


    The BIG-Kent network will be hosting the "Industrial Workshop on Innovative Product Development" event on the 12th July 2011. The purpose of this workshop is to bring companies in Kent and the surrounding Southeast areas, to discuss and share experience in manufacturing engineering, focusing on strategic issues related to product development and lifecycle management.


    The overarching goal is to form a long term interest group and partnership for collaborative research, development and training in the following areas: collaborative product development, product lifecycle management, maintenance and service management, sustainability, innovation and knowledge management, design methods and manufacturing solutions, and product evaluation/optimisation methods, and many more industry specific issue.


    Senior industrial speakers are confirmed to talk and lead the workshop sessions, with an aim to highlight the main challenges, issues, recommendations and future R&D directions.


    Click [here] to download flyer.



    7th April 2011 - BIG-Kent supports Kent 2020 Exhibition


    The BIG-Kent network, alongside key business support organisations and member companies, recently exhibited at the Kent 2020 Exhibition in Detling. The event featured over 300 local exhibiting companies and had an estimated attendance of over three thousand business delegates.




    16th & 17th Feb 2011 - FIVE, Farnborough Southern Manufacturing Exhibition


    The BIG-Kent network, alongside key business support organisations and member companies, recently exhibited at the 2011 Southern Manufacturing Exhibition in Farnborough. The exhibition featured over 600 companies heavily involved in manufacturing and engineering, and was attended by over six thousand industry delegates.


    The BIG-Kent stall was quite busy throughout receiving enquiries from over 40 visitors, signed up at least 4 new companies to the BIG network. The University of Greenwich, MJ Allen Group, Circatron Ltd, EEF-The Manufacturers Organisation and The Partnership all exhibited under the BIG-Kent Umbrella and put up a good show and excellent team effort.




    11th February 2011 - Pipelines & Infrastructure Focus Group Meeting


    The BIG-Kent network, in partnership with key business support organisations, will be hosting the Pipeline and Infrastructure focus group. The meeting will be held at 11:00 to 14:00 on the Medway Campus (ME4-4TB) at Chatham Maritime on the 11th February in the Nelson building, room N007. Please contact us to register and for directions.


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    7th February 2011 - Electronics Manufacturing Focus Group Meeting


    The BIG-Kent network, in partnership with key business support organisations, will be hosting the Electronics, Embedded Systems and high value manufacturing focus group. The meeting will be held at 10:00 to 14:00 on the Medway Campus (ME4-4TB) at Chatham Maritime on the 7th February in the Blake building, room B028. Please contact us to register and for directions.


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    11th November 2010 - BIG-Kent supports: The Royal Navy Presentation


    The University of Greenwich, in association with our partners in the local community, will be host to the prestigious Royal Navy Presentation Team on the 11th of November. The presentation will be an invaluable opportunity to hear from the Royal Navy about the UK Defence policy and the considerable contribution being made to tri-service and multi-national operations by an efficient, flexible, modern Royal Navy.


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    10th November 2010 - BIG-Kent supports: University of Greenwich at Business Week Live, Detling


    The University of Greenwich will be exhibiting at Business Week Live, in Detling. Come and see us to discover the University's engineering capabilities, our stand will be in the manufacturing exhibition.




    17th August 2010 - KCC Procurement Lunch


    Featuring guest speaker John Tunnicliff, head of procurements at the Kent County Council. The lunch will provide an overview of procurement at KCC, including what and how KCC procures for its main categories of spend and its approach to ensuring competition.


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    23rd July 2010 - Manufacturing Breakfast


    Featuring guest speak Terry Scuoler, CEO of the EEF, the manufacturers' organisation. An opportunity to learn from an insider's perspective of the health and recent advancements in the UK manufacturing plc.


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    28th June 2010 - Trevor Baylis OBE on Innovation and Invention


    Featuring guest speaker Trevor Baylis OBE. An excellent opportunity to hear from the veteran inventor Trevor Baylis OBE, the famed inventor of the clockwork radio, on how he made it to the top.


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    17th March 2010 - Selling to the MOD


    Featuring guest speaker Philip Margerison from the MoD, examining the processes behind successfully gaining contracts to supply the Ministry of Defence.


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    2nd February 2010 - The Business Innovation Group Launch Event


    Introducing the Business Innovation Group, a regional collaboration platform supporting local business in the Engineering, Manufacturing, ICT and creative media sectors.