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Unlocking the Midland’s productivity: Aligning Mental Health, Skills and Innovation

Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3GR

27 April 2018

Hosted by the Midlands Engine, Midlands Innovation, the NHS Confederation and the Mental Health Network, this free event brings together senior representatives from the region’s business, university, local government and health and care sectors to better understand how we can collectively engage in this important agenda and help realise the Engine’s ambitions to better align mental health with innovation.

This event will help you:

  • Understand how the prevailing policy context is connected, from the Midlands Engine to the Industrial Strategy, and where mental health fits in
  • Discover the range of initiatives underway across the Midlands to boost the region’s productivity, and to make its populations both better and better off
  • Influence the design and delivery of future regional economic strategies, ensuring mental health provision lies at the heart of the Midland’s investment planning

For more information please contact Helen Turner, Director, Midlands Innovation on H.Turner@Midlandsinnovation.org.uk or Michael Wood, Local Growth Advisor, NHS Confederation on Michael.wood@nhsconfed.org.


Get on track: Prepare for Innotrans 2018

Grand Station, Wolverhampton WV10 0BF

27 April 2018, 08:30 – 12:00

If you are a rail sector company with an international focus then you need to be at Innotrans 2018 – the largest event in the rail calendar – and we want to ensure that you make the most of the show, whether exhibiting or visiting.

Learn all about Innotrans, a biennial Exhibition in Berlin, Germany in September, attracting exhibitors and visitors from over 65 countries (see here for more information on Innotrans). You will hear from experienced companies, advisers and professionals on why you should attend and how to prepare for and maximise your visit.


Infrarail 2018

ExCeL London

1 – 3 May 2018

Infrarail 2018, the UK’s leading exhibition of railway infrastructure equipment, products and services, is now just two months away.

Over 200 exhibitors are already signed up and the event, the 12th edition of the series, looks set to be one of the biggest in recent years. The biennial event returns to ExCeL London in the capital’s Docklands from May 1 to 3.


Engage with the world’s largest eCommerce marketplace – selling your products direct to the Chinese Consumer workshop

Mercure Leicester City Hotel, LE1 6ES

Tue, 8 May 2018   9:00 – 13:00

Join us and learn how your business can engage cross-border and get your goods from the UK into the hands of Chinese customers. This FREE half-day workshop will explore the steps your business needs to take to sell products direct to Chinese consumers with the use of digital technology.

What topics are covered?

✔ Selling on a Budget

✔ Overview of the China eCommerce Economy

✔ Selling to China via an eCommerce Platform

✔ Social and Digital Marketing

✔ Financial support from Department of International Trade

✔ Financial support from Digital Growth Programme

Why should I attend?

This workshop will include valuable information, with a series of presentations delivered by the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), the Royal Mail and Department of International Trade (DIT). They will outline the services they provide and how they work supporting UK businesses to trade overseas. You don’t need to be technical or have any experience in international trade to attend – this workshop is aimed at a variety of people from beginner to intermediate level.

Book your place today

For businesses based in Leicester and Leicestershire

📅 8 May 18 | Mercure Leicester City Hotel | Leicester | 9am to 1pm

For any queries please contact Kam Atker – Events & Engagement Officer on 07971 403786 or by email at kam.atker@emc-dnl.co.uk


Trade Visit to Tokyo, Japan

3 – 6 June 2018

Japan is looking for UK technology in the Automotive and Advanced Engineering sectors, could your business become one of the hundreds of British companies enjoying success in Japan? Join this Midlands Engine trade visit to Japan, designed specifically for companies operating in Advanced Engineering, Automotive, Motorsport and their supply chains…

What are the benefits of joining a Midlands Engine visit?

BIO is the largest biotechnology event in the world, attended by top decision-makers and buyers from more than 76 countries and attracting 16,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders.

The areas of focus are:

  • A number of tailored individual meetings will be arranged for each company as standard. Meetings with Japanese companies are of course dependant on interest from Japanese companies
  • Benefit from the support of Trade Advisers throughout your visit, who have years of experience assisting British companies in Japan
  • Benefit from the support of Trade Advisers throughout your visit, who have years of experience assisting British companies in Japan
  • Attend a reception at the British Embassy Tokyo hosted by the British Ambassador
  • DIT support before, during, and after your visit to ensure that the trip is a success and that you have a clear understanding of the next steps you need to take

Midlands Engine, in association with The Department for International Trade in Washington, will organise a 1 2 1 meeting schedule with Biotech companies from Maryland who are looking to collaborate with Midlands Biotech organisations and academia. This will be followed by a networking event. The event will be exclusive to ‘Midlands Engine’ delegates.


BIO Boston

4 – 7 June 2018

Following a successful visit to BIO 2017, Midlands Engine are taking a delegation of Midlands Biotech companies and academia to BIO International Conference in Boston. We will be showcasing the strength of the Biotech sector in the Midlands region with an exhibition space on the UK Pavilion as well as hosting a ‘Midlands Engine’ partnering and networking event.

BIO International Convention Boston

BIO is the largest biotechnology event in the world, attended by top decision-makers and buyers from more than 76 countries and attracting 16,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders.

The areas of focus are:

  • Gene/Cell Therapy
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Devices
  • Cell Biology Innovation
  • Clinical Research
  • Lab Services
  • Contract Research
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Drug Delivery
  • Tech Transfer
  • Drug Discovery & Development
  • Digital Health

Midlands Engine, in association with The Department for International Trade in Washington, will organise a 1 2 1 meeting schedule with Biotech companies from Maryland who are looking to collaborate with Midlands Biotech organisations and academia. This will be followed by a networking event. The event will be exclusive to ‘Midlands Engine’ delegates.


Engage with the world’s largest eCommerce marketplace – selling your products direct to the Chinese Consumer workshop

iHub Derby DE24 9FU

Tue 29 June 9:00 – 13:00

Join us and learn how your business can engage cross-border and get your goods from the UK into the hands of Chinese customers. This FREE half-day workshop will explore the steps your business needs to take to sell products direct to Chinese consumers with the use of digital technology.

What topics are covered?

✔ Selling on a Budget

✔ Overview of the China eCommerce Economy

✔ Selling to China via an eCommerce Platform

✔ Social and Digital Marketing

✔ Financial support from Department of International Trade

✔ Financial support from Digital Growth Programme

Why should I attend?

This workshop will include valuable information, with a series of presentations delivered by the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), the Royal Mail and Department of International Trade (DIT). They will outline the services they provide and how they work supporting UK businesses to trade overseas. You don’t need to be technical or have any experience in international trade to attend – this workshop is aimed at a variety of people from beginner to intermediate level.

Book your place today

For businesses based in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

📅 29 Jun 18 | iHub | Derby | 9am to 1pm

For any queries please contact Rubina Blackwell – Events & Engagement Officer on 07387 141583 or by email at rubina.blackwell@emc-dnl.co.uk 


Express your interest in one of six market visits that form the core of the Midlands Engine trade missions programme for 2017/18. Each focuses on key target markets and sectors of strength from the region.

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