The Transport innovation Network (iNet) through ERDF, is taking a team to the 2012 London International Boat Show to shout about the support it provides to thriving businesses across the East Midlands.
With over 100,000 visitors in previous years, the London Boat Show is a leading UK marine event and will provide an excellent stage for the Transport iNet to demonstrate the support and expertise it offers to businesses in the region.
Positioned on the Manufacturing Showcase Stand, number D130 in the North Hall, the iNet is encouraging attendees to visit the advisors from collaborating support initiatives from not only the Transport iNET but also SEMTA, MAS and TBAT Innovation on Tuesday 10th January to find out more about how business can access support available to them.
Sam Clarke, Transport iNet innovation advisor, said: “The London International Boat Show is the ideal opportunity for us to meet a number of SMEs who might not have heard about the support we provide.
It is a particularly important time to shout about our service as a number of outlets for advice, such as Business Link, have now been reduced. We will be holding sessions throughout the day so that anyone can come and sit down with our team to find out more about how we can help their business.”
Transport iNet has celebrated a number of successful projects with marine businesses in the East Midlands. Earlier in the year, the team put Kettering based Cooney Marine forward for match funded support which has allowed them to develop a new range of hybrid davit – the first of its kind that can carry much heavier weights and feature an electric motor.
On a similarly innovative project, the Transport iNet assisted Quicksilver giving them access to £10,000 of funding. The result was the development of two essential parts of its unique boat which is due to challenge the World Water Speed Record.
The Transport iNet, located at the Systems Engineering Innovation Centre (SEIC) on Loughborough University campus, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The aim of Transport iNet is to increase the level of innovation in the East Midlands helping to improve business competitiveness, margins, sustainability and growth. It allows individual sectors to work together, share ideas, technologies, intelligence, innovation and create a link between industry and the academic community.
The London Boat Show runs from 6th to 15th January 2012. Details can be found at www.londonboatshow.co.uk.