Harlow well represented as global leaders meet at Essex Means Business showcase

Business / Tue 16th Jun 2015 at 05:25pm

Essex BusinessSPEAKERS for the Essex Means Business showcase event have now been finalised – and they include top leaders of international companies based in Essex.

The event, on June 24, will show why Essex is one of the UK’s best business destinations and how Essex County Council supports businesses to grow in the county.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, said: “We’ve got a great line-up of speakers, who between them represent everything that is good about Essex as a place to do business.”

Keynote speaker is Richard Daniel, Chief Executive Officer of Raytheon UK, global leader in technology and innovation, with its headquarters in Harlow.

Raytheon has been behind major advances in technology in the UK in the past 100 years, including the invention of radar and wireless radio sets. It continues to lead the field in innovation, producing air traffic control systems and national security systems.

Mr Daniel has over 30 years of experience in the Defence Industry.

He said: “Our commitment to the UK is multifaceted as Raytheon adds value to the local and national economies, through creating jobs and skills, and through generating intellectual property. Industry at all levels, academia, and government can all work together to create the right environment for investment in the UK, leveraging the competitive advantage that we possess to drive overseas trade growth and inwards investment into the UK.”

The event, which is being held on June 24, is being hosted by Ford Motor Company Ltd at the Dunton Technical Centre in Laindon. Mark Harvey, Dunton’s Site Manager, will introduce the site which is where the award-winning Ford EcoBoost engine was developed.

Suzanne Howlett, winner of the Essex Entrepreneur Poll run jointly by Essex County Council and Centigrade Digital (now Better Agency) in November, is a guest speaker. She set up the highly successful Essex Girls in Business networking group. She also runs her own expanding chartered accountancy business.

Also speaking is Oliver Lincoln, winner of the Institute of Directors’ East of England regional award for Best Young Director 2014. Mr Lincoln is Managing Director of Vestguard, the UK’s leading body armour manufacturer, based in Tolleshunt Knights. He is also a member of the IoD’s mentoring programme.

Dr John Keddie, former Vice President, Global Operations, GlaxoSmithKline, now Chairman of Harlow Enterprise Zone will outline how he is leading the transformation of west Essex business opportunities.

Questions to find out about the support that Essex County Council can give businesses, whether it be nurturing a start-up company, helping an international conglomerate to relocate, or developing international links can be put to a panel at the end.

Panellists are Essex County Council’s Head of Enterprise, David Adlington, and Head of Essex International Peter Manning, as well as Richard Brenkley, Managing Director of digital agency Better Agency. Mr Brenkley relocated to Essex with the help of the Council.

The event is part of the Essex Means Business campaign, which showcases innovation, skills and enterprise in Essex. Follow the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #EssexMeansBusiness.

To register for the event, which takes place from 9am to 1.15pm and is free of charge, go to www.investessex.co.uk/events


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