Six manufacturing businesses based in Northumberland have exhibited together at the SubCon Show at the Birmingham NEC over three days.
Hosted by Business Northumberland, who funded the exhibition space, the stand showcased the range of skills and services that the region has to offer the manufacturing supply chain.
Advanced Barrier Coatings, Falon Nameplates, Hindley Circuits, North Eastern Composites, Scarab4 and SWP Engineering all collaborated following an application processes which was opened up to all small to medium sized manufacturing businesses back in April.
Richard Wearmouth, Chair of Arch said, “By exhibiting together, we are able to demonstrate the diversity of Northumberland’s contribution to the manufacturing sector and showcase this to an international audience.
We have a strong manufacturing sector in Northumberland and it’s great to see that illustrated through these six businesses. They all bring something different to the table and we want to encourage local businesses to collaborate and support each other wherever possible.”
Kenneth More, managing director of Falon Nameplates, who run a non-ferrous foundry in Bedlington, said, “Attending this exhibition has given us exposure to a whole cross section of buyers. It has been an eye opening opportunity and not one that we would have undertaken without the support of Business Northumberland and the other five businesses.
SubCon has not just given us a platform to showcase our products, but also an opportunity to network and build business relationships with other manufacturers who are based within Northumberland. We are leaving the exhibition with over 20 leads to follow up on so we are really happy with what we have been able to achieve in three days.”
The Business Northumberland programme is a support programme delivered by a team of experts, who provide businesses with 1-2-1 support, to help them to understand their growth needs and implement an action plan to achieve their growth aspirations. The programme also runs a diverse variety of workshops across the county. Business Northumberland is match funded by the England European Regional Development Fund and Arch, so there is no cost to eligible businesses.
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