MTC backs Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival

MTC backs Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival

Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017

News MTC backs Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival

The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival has secured the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) as its headline partner.

As one of the country’s leading research and technology centres, the MTC is the perfect fit to drive home the region as the Knowledge Capital of the UK.

Based at Ansty Park, Coventry, the MTC is one of seven High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres, and is home to some of the UK’s leading experts across a range of areas including digital manufacturing, 3D printing and robotics.

The Business Festival, developed by the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub and the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will run for the first time from November 20th to December 1st.

Over the course of two weeks, businesses from across the region will have the opportunity to attend over 100 events staged by local organisations to encourage collaboration, networking, innovation, learning and sharing opportunities.

Jonathan Browning, Chair of the Coventry & Warwickshire LEP, said: “Throughout the Business Festival, we will be promoting the region as the ‘Knowledge Capital of the UK’ and the MTC has a big part to play in this.

“It is great news the MTC has become the Business Festival’s headline partner since it is an innovative, flourishing business which is vital to the future growth and success of advanced manufacturing in the UK not just Coventry and Warwickshire.”

Aside from being the headline sponsor in this year’s inaugural Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival, the MTC will play an integral role in the two-week long festival.

It will host the Coventry & Warwickshire Small Business Conference, organised by the FSB, and ‘Increase Manufacturing Productivity’ - an event for manufacturing SMEs. It will also stage the closing event of the festival.

Dr Clive Hickman, chief executive of the MTC said: “Our vision is about inspiring Great British manufacturing. The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival aims to inspire businesses – from a range of sectors – and our partnership with the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival is a perfect alignment with our vision and our aims to encourage growth, investment and innovation bridging the gap between knowledge creation and commercialisation.”

There is a vast range of events on offer during the Business Festival. These include seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences across a variety of sectors from automotive and advanced manufacturing, construction and creative, to digital, culture and tourism, games development and serious gaming, professional and financial services and much more.

The majority of events in the Business Festival are completely free to attend. Tickets to events are now available and need to be booked in advance via the website

Craig Humphrey, managing director of the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub, said: “We believe the Festival provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the vast range of knowledge, commerce, culture and innovative businesses we have in Coventry and Warwickshire and to entice more businesses to locate here.”

The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival is supported by a number of organisations which all understand the importance and relevance of the Festival and want to contribute to its success. Business Festival partners include: Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Coventry University and the University of Warwick. Sponsors include: Federation of Small Businesses; The Futureworks and CityFibre.

Supporters also include: Coventry City of Culture Bid; Coventry City Council; Deeley Construction; North Warwickshire Borough Council; Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council; Rugby Borough Council; Stratford on Avon District Council; Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council.

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