The sixth annual TechWorld – the UK’s largest international technology event, welcomed thousands of technology professionals across two days at the ExCeL, 16-17 November 2011. Investors from over 50 countries came to see the latest technology products and services from British companies at an exhibition hosted by UK Trade & Investment, sponsored by PA Consulting and Huawei Europe.
Attendees visited the exhibition of over 100 UK technology businesses and took part in a schedule of seminars, conference sessions and One2One business meetings. Day One was opened by Nick Baird, Chief Executive Officer at UK Trade & Investment, together with Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. Mr Baird said: “TechWorld embodies the UK’s ability to combine innovation, technology design and passion into world class products and services exemplified by the number of SMEs and high growth companies participating at this event.”
Exhibitor Eddie Grattidge, Director of Security, Electranet, comments: “Our results from TechWorld have been phenomenal. In the first two days, the products we launched at the show - the Tigercage storage device and our IL3 Secure phone - have secured interest with companies from across Europe, the US, the Far East and South Asia. Entrepreneurs, global distributors and in-house representatives from blue-chip companies were brought right to our stand by UK Trade & Investment delegates, giving us a fantastic launch platform.”
Day Two welcomed Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who delivered an opening plenary followed by a tour of the event. Exhibitor, Saif Chaudhry, MD, Stereografix comments: “It was amazing to showcase Stereografix’s cutting-edge 3D technologies and their many potential applications to such a large and influential international audience.”
The unique relationships that UK Trade & Investment has crafted with foreign organisations provided enormous opportunity for exhibitors. Notable examples include the MoU signing between UK Trade & Investment and two of China’s largest and fastest growing regional Smart Cities, Chengdu and Chongqing, providing a framework for future collaboration and joint initiatives, which promises to deliver targeted expansion into Asia for British Technology businesses.
TechWorld’s partnerships with experienced industry gurus and blue-chip communication giants have opened up opportunities for learning with unique conferences at the event, and new B2B initiatives for 2012. At the TechWorld networking evening, on Wednesday, Richard Hanscott, CEO, Yell UK, introduced the Open to Export partnership between Yell and UK Trade & Investment, providing a dedicated communications platform that enables UK-based companies to collaborate and share intelligence about export market opportunities, means of entry and participation.
Mark Jones, MD and Founder, Touch2View comments: “TechWorld has given us a very good introduction to highly professional and experienced individuals within the B2B technology sector. In addition it has enabled us to think outside the box and consider the wider scope of possibilities within the global market.”
Stephen McGowan, Head of Operations, ICT Sector at UK Trade & Investment comments: “We are extremely pleased with the success of TechWorld this year. The caliber of speakers on the conference track has ensured attendees gained insight from the top sources, both widening horizons and providing a sharper focus on specific local markets.
“Our exhibitors have been real ambassadors for British innovation within the technology sector and the event has proved an incomparable way to access the strong relationships built by UK Trade & Investment with international organisations.”
Exhibitors are already enquiring about TechWorld 2012, which has been announced to take place in London, 14-15 November 2012. To find out more about next year’s TechWorld event, visit techworld.uk.com and register your interest.
Kate Macnamara, Grayling: T: 0121 265 2760 / 07714 222793
Nick Wiltshire, Grayling: T: 0121 265 2760, 07740 732884
TechWorld hosted by UK Trade & Investment and celebrating its 6th successful year, is the UK’s largest international technology event. 2010 saw more than 450 international investors from 50 countries meet with UK delegates and exhibitors from technology, science and research and development. In excess of 3000 one-to-one meetings were conducted and 45% of UK business attendees expected to generate revenue from international markets as a direct result of the event.
This year the event is focused on helping UK technology and science entrepreneurs increase overseas trade, access critical research and development and identify new markets for growth.
For more information, visit techworld.uk.com/.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage.