The Berwick Investors Conference - Building on the Bridge
The Berwick Investors Conference - Building on the Bridge

The Berwick Investors Conference - Building on the Bridge

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The Guild Hall Berwick-upon-Tweed


Berwick Upon Tweed

TD15 1BN

United Kingdom

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Berwick Upon Tweed, Bridging Northern England and Scotland, is growing fast, and attracting inward investment from large and small companies alike. Our heritage, architectural and natural assets underpin our strong tourist industry, making Berwick the Gateway to Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. It should therefore come as no surprise that Berwick also hosts a small and developing cluster of companies engaged in Low Carbon and Sustainable Build technologies, and that is one focus of our next Investors Conference.

Tourism is part of the wider need to develop new export markets for post BREXIT UK, and to help build International Trade links. With the benefit of hosting England's most northerly working estuary port, good connectivity to Scotland via the A1, and having the only coastal high speed rail service in Northumberland, Berwick is well placed as a manufacturing and exporting town. This is evidenced by the presence of 3 major food processing companies, complemented by a large number of regional specialist food & drink producers. To highlight these economic assets the second session at the Conference will focus on International Trade, Regional Food & Tourism.

Presentations will cover:

  • How to access UK, Regional & EU funds to help build your business

  • National business networks managed by Innovate UK's Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

  • Where to get professional business support service in Northumberland

  • How the Department for International Trade can help your business export

There will also be business Case Studies and the very popular 2 Minute Elevator Pitches that allow delegates to present their business offering to the audience.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are now open. In view of the limited space for stands please apply early. Please also apply now if you would like one of the limited elevator pitch places.

10.00 Open by the Mayor

10.10 Keynote Speaker Hans Waltl Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce

Session 1 Construction, Sustainable Build and Low carbon Technologies

10.30 Chris Bagley Head of Infrastructure Systems The Knowledge Transfer Network

Funding Innovation and Networking for the Construction Sector

10.50 Joy Gair NBSL

Professional Advice and Support for growing Northumberland's Small Business community

11.10 Simon Maden of Maden ECO. Towards a Berwick Low Carbon Cluster

11.30 Break and Networking Session

11.50 Linda Weddell Northumberland College

Building Skills & Training Northumberland College

12.10 John Clayton Knowledge Transfer Partnership Regional Advisor

KTPs to help build your business

12.30 Elevator Pitches 10 x 2 minutes (5 left please apply)

  • Robert Goodfellow Herriot Watt University
  • Iain Petrie Inspired Music & Awake Music
  • Omar Al-Janabi Enterprise Europe Network at Tyne-Tees University
  • Chric Cook Nordic Enterprise Trust Nordic Enterprise Trust Credit Berwick - Back to the Future
  • Mark Dodds The Brown Bear Pub

13.00 Lunch & Networking Session with music provided by The Spittal Pipers

Session 2 Exports & Tourism

14.00 Simon Crosby Department for International Trade

Building Export Markets – advice & support

14.20 Julie Dodds - Arch the Northumberland Development Company - Business Support for SMEs in Northumberland

14.40 Ruth McNeely Berwick Slow Food

Berwick's Annual Food & Drink Festival serving Regional Food on an International Stage

15.00 Plenary – Construction, Exports & Food

15.30 Close

Photograph courtesy of J Goodyer
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