recent 093 Medway Council is appealing to the area’s major businesses to take part in one of the county’s biggest industrial shows.

Partnering with the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce who are delivering the event, The Manufacturing and Engineering Expo 2013 will be held at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard on Wednesday 10 July, and has spaces available for firms who want to take part. There are opportunities for more than 60 major firms to exhibit at the show, which will be open to everyone.

Councillor Jane Chitty, Portfolio holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth, said : “This is the exhibition that will highlight manufacturing and engineering excellence. This is an opportunity for companies to showcase manufacturing and engineering, and to highlight innovation. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for young people to recognise career opportunities and to learn from one another the benefits of careers in engineering and manufacturing.”

BAE Systems Electronic Systems division in Rochester, Kent, will be one of the major exhibitors, alongside the University of Greenwich. Both are backing Medway’s new University Technical College. The UTC will specialise in engineering and construction studies for 14-19 year olds, and it’s hoped will open next year. The show will include a demonstration area where apprentices will exhibit work from a number of companies including BAE System’s electronic head up display.

Inside No3 slip

Inside No3 slip

This is a versatile technology that has been developed for civil and military aerospace applications and is now being reviewed by experts in the medical field as a rehabilitation resource for disabled ex-military personnel. There will also be workshops covering a range of subjects including finance, training and exporting. Jo James, Chief Executive of Kent Invicta Chamber said: “We are absolutely delighted to be part of this initiative by Medway Council. The Expo will give visitors the opportunities and resources to drive business growth as well as finding out about funding for their business.”

Manufacturing and engineering provides 10 per cent of jobs in Medway, and increased by 12 per cent in 2010 , whilst national figures were showing a decline. They are worth £630 million a year to the economy of Medway. The event will be held at the No 5 slipway at the Historic Dockyard at Chatham. For more details or book a stand please contact Bookings@kentinvictachamber.co.uk or http://www.manufacturingandengineeringexpo.co.uk

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