COMPANIES in one of the North East's most promising growth sectors will this week find out how to build their business at a special event.
Smaller firms in low carbon and environmental technology businesses will get together to share information at the Energy and Environment North East 2011 conference.
There will be expert speakers, business development advice and ample opportunities for networking at the free event in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.
The conference will also see the launch of a network aimed at helping businesses, organisations and agencies in the region’s energy and environmental sector to meet, connect, trade and grow.
The Energy and Environmental Industries Forum (EEIF) has been created by the event’s organiser, Newcastle-based green industry support group Renew.
The network will connect the diverse range of companies in the sector through a comprehensive directory, an events programme, jobs database, daily news feed, weekly newsletter and comprehensive tender notification service as well as advice and support relating to procurement, funding and business development.
Membership is currently free and Renew is urging private and public sector organisations to visit www.eeif.co.uk and sign up to experience the many benefits.
John Barton, project director at Renew, said: “There are more than 1,000 businesses and organisations operating in the energy and environmental marketplace in the North East and this number is set to increase as the region strives to establish itself at the forefront of the UK’s low carbon and sustainable energy drive.
“We believe there is a real need to bring everyone together in one place – to connect and share expertise and knowledge while supporting the trade and supply chain.
“We have created the Energy and Environment North East 2011 event to achieve just this and hope it will provide regional SMEs with the opportunity to network, while benefiting from a series of practical workshops and hearing from a selection of the industry’s leading figures regarding the future of the sector.”
Newcastle-based Renew facilitates and delivers commercial energy and environmental technology projects across the North East.
Mr Barton said the EEIF will help to carry on the work of the conference and help companies to work together to strengthen the renewables and environmental sector in the North East.
“Other more industry specific forums currently exist in this sector, but we have designed the EEIF to complement these forums, while providing a more commercially focused interactive environment that is truly unique.
“It is our hope the forum will become the place for businesses in the energy and environmental industries to meet, connect and ultimately grow,” he said. The one-day event will comprise a welcome and keynote speech from a leading industry figure, a review of the national landscape and advice around Green Project Finance, followed by a regional landscape review and Q&A session.
Keynote speakers include Graham Hillier, director of strategy and futures at CPI, Carl Nicholls from WRAP and Damian McGann from Santander. Expert workshops will cover industries such as construction, recycling and microrenewables.
The free event will be held at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe, on Wednesday, March 23.
It is free to regional SMEs operating in the sector, but registration is essential. To register or secure exhibition space visit www.nebusiness.co.uk/eenortheast or call Liz Ferguson on 0191 201 6098.
For further information visit www.renew-cpi.com or call 01642 455340.