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Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival returns to the University of Warwick

· Events on the University of Warwick’s main campus to highlight degree apprenticeships, digital manufacturing and working with India between 20th-27th November

· WMG, at the University of Warwick, to share rail knowledge at external events

University of WarwickThe Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival is to return to the University of Warwick campus this November, with a range of events highlighting expertise in digital manufacturing, the potential of degree apprenticeships and developing business partnerships with India – with events between the 20th-27th.

The Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival is a two-week festival of business events developed by the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Coventry & Warwickshire Growth Hub. It aims to bring Coventry & Warwickshire businesses together under one unified banner to encourage collaboration, networking, innovation, learning and sharing opportunities. This year’s festival, with Professor Pat Tissington of the University of Warwick as education Sector Lead, runs from Monday 19th November to Friday 30th November and includes over 100 events across Coventry & Warwickshire.

WMG, at the University of Warwick, will also showcase rail innovation at events on technological change in the sector and on their supply chains.

Take a look through the details of events and how to register for the Warwick campus-based events:

Events on the Warwick Campus:

· Using Digital Manufacturing to Drive Innovation and Competitiveness – WMG

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 11am-2pm
University of Warwick

This event is aimed at Managing Directors / CEOs / Operations Directors looking to understand how Industry 4.0 and digital technologies can be used to stimulate innovation, improve efficiency and productivity within their businesses. Attendees will leave with an enhanced understanding of Industry 4.0 / Digital Manufacturing and how these techniques can help improve their businesses, a greater understanding of how WMG, the University of Warwick can support their business and a better understanding of the steps they can take to embark on their digital manufacturing journey.

· Accessing India

Friday 23 November, 9am-1pm
International Digital Laboratory, WMG

Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Hub and Indian Consulate in partnership with WMG

Post-Brexit, Britain will have to re-define its trading relationship with countries such as India, which is not only the fastest-growing large economy but also an important investment destination.

Are you a small company exploring entering India through a partnership? Or perhaps a growth company interested in funding from Indian businesses with the view to transfer technology and manufacturing in India?

If so, join us at this informative event where we will highlight current and future opportunities and explore the ‘Access India Programme’, which provides a hand-holding service to SMEs looking to get into the Indian market. There will also be the chance to hear from experts and companies that are already trading in India.

· Degree Apprenticeships - The Collaborative Solution to your Skills Gap

Tuesday 27 November, 8-10am
Radcliffe Conference Centre

Degree Apprenticeships combine the best aspects of higher education and vocational training. The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has made it easier than ever before to access funding to grow new talent for your business. Join our apprenticeships team at this informative breakfast event to find out what the apprenticeship levy is and how to access it, the processes for recruiting and training your apprentices, and why Degree Apprenticeships could work for your business.

By the end of the event we hope you’ll have gained an understanding of the opportunities and support available. Your business does not need to be a levy payer in order to access the funds.

Rail events involving WMG, at the University of Warwick:

· Rail Innovation Showcase in Coventry & Warwickshire

Wednesday 21 November, 9:30am-11:30am

WMG in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Invest Coventry & Warwickshire, Railway Industry Association, Rail Forum and BCRRE

This is a time of great investment in and technological change in UK rail, with cross-over technology from the auto and digital sectors, and future mobility solutions. The Midlands is at the forefront of many of these technologies, including battery and hydrogen powertrain, light-weighting and digital applications.

Coventry & Warwickshire is home to the major UK rail test site Quinton Rail Technology Centre, which as well as rolling stock testing, is a key site for the demonstration of digital, hydrogen and battery technology.

· Get on Track - Rail Supply Chain

Thursday 29 November, 7:30-9:30am
Eliot Park Innovation Centre

WMG in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Invest Coventry & Warwickshire, Railway Industry Association, Rail Forum and BCRRE

The UK is making unprecedented investment in mass transit systems, including HS2, but also conventional railway and light and very light rail. This presents great opportunities for advanced manufacturers and engineering companies already in rail, but also those whose capabilities could supply the rail sector, be it infrastructure, rolling stock or signalling and systems.

This event is open to businesses interested in accessing the rail opportunity and for those already active but interested in finding out about the business support available.

The event will also include presentations on some of the local rail technology being developed in Coventry & Warwickshire.

19 November 2019


Tom Frew: Senior Press and Media Relations Manager – University of Warwick:

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