Poole Maritime Festival 2019 launches  supporting local businesses

BCP Council is partnering with a number of key organisations to deliver the ‘business week’ of Poole Maritime Festival - an exciting programme of events designed for local and regional businesses running June 3 to 7 2019. 

The theme for this year’s Business Week is Looking to the Future of the Marine sector and the role of innovation in smart systems, technology and new ways of working.

The programme kicks off on Monday 3 June with a Smart Ports workshop for port logistics stakeholders to discuss how technology such as Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data and other technological solutions can streamline port logistics

Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hosting a Breakfast Network on Tuesday 4 June at Rick Stein in Sandbanks. It is the perfect opportunity to network with businesses within Dorset in a fantastic setting whilst hearing from an inspiring keynote speaker from the marine sector.

Dorset Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster will host a Women in Engineering Roundtable networking event on Wednesday 5 June, details to be confirmed shortly.

The Dorset Marine Innovation Conference will be held on Thursday 6 June at the Haven Hotel. At this flagship conference we will explore innovations in marine engineering technology and processes, celebrate success stories in Dorset and hear about the support on offer to help your business grow. 

Speakers confirmed so far include Will Roberts, Innovations Manager from RNLI who will describe how technology is shaping the future of lifesaving and prevention; Sean Robertson from Sunseeker International and Darren Barnett from MTU UK Hybrid Power who will offer a fascinating insight into Sunseeker and MTU Hybrid Technology and Zoe Webster, Director for Artificial Intelligence at Innovate UK, will outline the UK’s strategy for AI and its impact on the engineering and marine sector. 

The Conference will be followed with a reception in partnership with the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) at the Harbour Heights hotel. 

The week concludes on Friday 6 June with the Borough of Poole's STEM challenge in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs and Young Enterprise. Around 80 pupils from schools across Dorset will take part in a marine- related challenge. Supported by local business leaders and academics, the contest encourages the next generation to take an active interest in STEM-related study and careers. 

BCP Council Chief Executive Graham Farrant, said: “We are delighted that BCP Council will be hosting Poole Maritime Festival’s Business Week, which is now in its third year. This exciting event will see the coming together of key business leaders from the marine sector with a focus on the future and innovation. We are expecting many businesses, trade representatives, support organisations, local government, universities, school children and our MPs to be involved in what will be an inspiring week of discussion, innovation-sharing and enterprise.”

Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Member for Economy, Borough of Poole, said: “This event keeps getting better because of the outstanding marine businesses we have in the town. Now more than ever we need to be showcasing our marine sector, raising the interest and getting more people of all ages involved.”

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