Industry entrepreneurs join 120 national exhibitors to demonstrate best of UK innovation
24 October 2014 – Some of the fastest growing, most exciting and forward-thinking companies in the aerospace sector will be exhibiting at this year’s Innovate UK event, including ExoMars and Airbus Defence and Space.
Having passed through a stringent application process, these companies will be joining more than 120 other high-growth, high-potential exhibitors on 5 and 6 November at Old Billingsgate in London. All of the exhibitors represent the very best of UK innovation, and will be demonstrating and sharing their products and expertise with more than 3,000 attendees, including investors, representatives from government and academia, and international visitors from 30 markets including Brazil, China, Japan and the USA.
An exhibitor of note is ExoMars, the European Space Agency’s first Mars rover. In 2018 it will depart planet Earth on a year-long 33.9 million mile journey to Mars. There it will gather samples from the landscape to detect signs of life going back thousands of years. ExoMars is being built at the Hertfordshire base of Airbus Defence and Space, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. Visitors to Innovate UK will be able to see the ExoMars rover in its “bread board” state and talk to some of the brains behind the project.
Innovate UK takes place annually and is jointly hosted by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Innovate UK (the new name for the Technology Strategy Board). It is the UK’s largest multi-sector conference and exhibition for entrepreneurs, innovators, exporters and investors. The event will be structured around four core areas – Fund, Support, Connect and Go Global – each featuring high calibre exhibitors drawn from a broad cross-section of industry, thereby enabling collaboration and the sharing of best practice amongst sectors as diverse as Agri-Food, Built Environment, Digital Economy, Energy, Healthcare, High Value Manufacturing, Space and Transport.
Iain Gray, Chief Executive of Innovate UK, said: “The UK is brilliant at innovation and the calibre of exhibitors at this year’s event is testament not only to the UK’s position as a world class centre of excellence, but also the extent to which we are supporting, encouraging and facilitating business growth and technological advancement. Having access to the right funding, connections and support is essential for businesses to succeed in today’s global economy, and Innovate UK is playing an integral role in driving and accelerating growth for companies such as these.”
Dominic Jermey, Chief Executive of UKTI, added: “Innovation is recognised as a leading driver for economic growth. It fosters new industry developments and creates the right environment to stimulate exports and inward investment. The exhibitors at this year’s event have a huge amount of knowledge and expertise to share across multiple sectors; they really do represent the ‘best of the best’.”
For more information, and to register your attendance, visit www.innovateukevent.com.