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BIG-Kent News:


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.

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.

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.