Withy King takes part in an engineering network event
Withy King acted as business advisors at a breakfast engineering network event organised by Engineering Innovation Network South West (EIN-SW) in conjunction with Wiltshire Enterprise.
At the event titled ‘Engineering People…Manufacturing Success’, which took place on 6 December 2013, at Lackham House on the Wiltshire College Lackham campus, partner Jessica Bent gave the delegates a snapshot on how legal experts can help engineering companies on the intellectual property and business contract front.
Local engineers and manufacturers were treated to an early morning breakfast roll prior to a warm welcome from Ben Allen, Wiltshire College Vice Principal for Business Development. Ben talked about the new proposed redevelopment of the Chippenham campus and the engineering facilities that will form part of the new building and encouraged guests to come forward with their thoughts on the type of courses that the new campus could look at providing for their business.
Ben was followed by key note speakers: Stefan Barbaruk from the Wessex Chamber of Commerce, Steve Stone from the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Economic Partnership, Steven Nicholson from the National Apprenticeship Service, Haydn Earl from Engineering Innovation Network South West (EIN-SW), Andrew Phillips and Ben Powis from the Manufacturing Advisory Service and Alan Longland from Longland Green Ltd.
Guest speakers spoke on industry specific topics such as Getting Your Product to Market, Funding Opportunities for SMEs and Understanding Higher Apprenticeships, as well as talks from support networks such as Wessex Chambers of Commerce and EIN-SW.
The event also offered delegates the opportunity to take part in four workshop sessions: Manufacturing; Funding and Innovation; Apprenticeships; R&D Tax Credits and Intellectual Property, which enabled them to share their experiences and gather more in depth information from their workshop hosts during the short 20 minute sessions.
Partner and head of Withy King Technology & Media team Jessica Bent comments: “It was a really good turn out by real engineering people and I witnessed some extremely encouraging and supportive comments. I appreciated the chance to highlight the issues engineering businesses might face. Getting the legals right from the outset is vital for engineering companies who want to move their business forward.”
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