Business forum to help develop innovation in Harlow

Business / Wed 30th Jul 2014 at 01:52pm

HARLOW has proven to be a successful choice for many manufacturing and engineering businesses and has a long history in technological development. Today, Harlow is home to leading businesses including Pitney Bowes, Raytheon, SMS Technologies and Smiths (Harlow) Group.

To help support the growth of the sector, Harlow Council set-up the Manufacturing and Engineering Forum to bring together industry, support organisations and the public sector to support manufacturers and engineers within the town.

The next forum will be taking place on Thursday 31 July 2014, between 5:30pm and 7pm at the Civic Offices and will include speakers from Essex County Council’s Innovation and Sector Development Manager, providing information on the Essex Innovation Programme which offers a range of free business services to help companies across a broad range of themes aimed at helping businesses to develop and exploit their creative and innovative commercial development ideas.

Also speaking is Bill Timpson, Managing Director of Harlow Group Ltd which has operated in Harlow since 1975 and most recently benefitted from support via the Essex Innovation Programme. The programme enabled a partnership between Harlow Group and the Institute for Manufacturing (part of Cambridge University’s Engineering department) which helped the company make a number of improvements to their processes as well as supporting expansion of the factory space and the opportunity to enter new markets.

Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration & Enterprise said: “Harlow Council is keen to support, develop and grow both new and existing manufactures and engineers. The forum is an ideal opportunity for anymore already in or looking to enter the industry to find out about the range of support available to ensure the continued success of manufacturing and engineering here in Harlow.”

For more information on the Forum and to book a place for Thursday’s meetings, visit: http://www.harlow.gov.uk/manufacturing-engineering-forum

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