DURHAM OKTOBERFEST 2017

#Oktoberfest10 Itinerary…

Location

Xcel Centre, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6AP

Date

October 19th 2017

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Doors Open

09:00

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Event Close

16:30

Sessions and Seminars

AMAP/NEMF FORUM

Time: 8:30am (2hrs 15 mins)

Hosted by: THE UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND & AMAP

The University of Sunderland and AMAP have established the North East Maintenance Forum for companies to meet and discuss maintenance improvements in a non-competitive environment. The forum is designed to allow like-minded organisations to meet and exchange best practice in order to learn from one another’s experiences.

Agenda includes:

  • The potential impact of Energy Monitoring on Condition Based Maintenance
  • An Innovative Approach to Monitoring and Reducing Planned Preventative Maintenance Works
  • Design for Maintenance is Design for Success
  • Lean Data Management for Maintenance Value
  • Identification of user requirements for AR/VR in Manufacturing Maintenance
TAKE YOUR BUSINESS FURTHER

Time: 11am (45 mins)

Hosted by: DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE (DIT)

Exploring Potential International Opportunities.

By selling products or services overseas, companies can stay in business longer and enjoy growth rates not achievable by just trading in the UK alone. Whether you are new to export or looking to enter new overseas markets, this session will highlight what your company should consider to position itself for long-term exporting success including:

  • Choosing the right market for your products and services
  • Routes to market – language and culture considerations
  • Website optimisation for international trade

The Department for International Trade can also provide funding support to eligible SMEs through its ERDF programme to help you on your export journey.

INDUSTRY LEADERS’ PANEL

Time: 12pm (1hr)

Hosted by: CDEMN

Following the success of last year’s inaugural panel discussion, it’s back for 2017.

A panel of leading business people and industry experts from across the region will gather to answer questions from the audience and give invaluable insights into the future of the North East’s engineering and manufacturing sectors.

The panel lineup will be announced closer to the event.

FUNDING & FINANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Time: 1.15pm (45mins)

Hosted by: MAVEN CAPITAL PARTNERS

Maven Capital Partners is an independent alternative asset manager, with over £400m of assets under management.

The £20m Finance Durham fund, managed by Maven Capital Partners, has been set up by Business Durham, the economic development company for County Durham working on behalf of Durham County Council. The fund can invest up to £700,000 to support the growth of businesses located in the county.

RAIL – HOW TO GET ABOARD

Time: 2.15pm (2hrs)

Hosted by: RAIL INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Join Rail Alliance, CDEMN and Business Durham to find out how the North East manufacturing sector is meeting the opportunities and challenges of the rail sector.

The rail sector employs more than 124,000 people in 4,000 companies. With train operators forecasting a demand for more than 12,000 vehicles over the next 30 years, there’s never been a better time to get into the rail sector.

This workshop is aimed at those already in rail wishing to network with rail OEMS and train operating companies, and also those new to rail wanting to find out more about opportunities into the sector.

The workshop is hosted by Abi Broadly from Aquarius Rail Road Technologies and includes:

  • Introduction to rail (Lucy Prior, Rail Alliance)
  • Importance of rail to the North and the North to UK Plc (David Hoggarth, Rail North)
  • How to trade with train operating companies (Neil Ovenden, Rail Delivery Group)
  • Local supply chain opportunities (Stadler Rail)
  • Localising a global company (Craig Hartley, Hitachi Rail Europe)
  • Metro Futures programme (Neil Blagburn, Nexus)
  • UK Rail Research Innovation Network (Brian Shaw, Newcastle University)
  • How to gain approvals to sell into rail (Richard Sharpe, RISQS)

Note: owing to high demand places will be limited to one delegate per company.