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DIT Introduction to International Trade Workshop, 23rd November 2017, Crawley

This practical workshop is designed to help you refine your export strategy, and network with other ...

Solent LEP Business Support Event, Tuesday 28th November 2017, Southampton

Businesses are invited to come and learn about business support opportunities in the Solent on Tuesd...


There are a number of organisations and groups throughout the region who organise marine specific events whether they be for networking, training, or information purposes. The full diary of events is listed below.

DIT Introduction to International Trade Workshop, 23rd November 2017, Crawley

This practical workshop is designed to help you refine your export strategy, and network with other businesses taking the same exporting journey as you.

This workshop focuses on the key issues which occur when dealing with export enquiries and orders, discussing subjects such as the benefits of export and differences from domestic business.

Date: 23 November 2017
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Crawley
Cost: Free of Charge

To register follow the link:

Posted 2017-11-22 09:49:54

Solent LEP Business Support Event, Tuesday 28th November 2017, Southampton

Businesses are invited to come and learn about business support opportunities in the Solent on Tuesday 28th November 2017 at the Novotel in Southampton.

The event is a free exhibition for local businesses or those thinking of starting a business to come and hear about support and funding available for businesses in the Solent region.

Alongside information on business funding and support available through the Solent LEP and the Solent Growth Hub, the event will also provide an opportunity to learn about exporting through experts from UK Export Finance and to hear exporting tips from a successful local entrepreneur.

The event will take place on Tuesday 28th November 2017 from 9 - 11.30am at the Le Havre Suite, Novotel Southampton, 1 West Quay Rd, Southampton SO15 1RA

By 21st November via email to with your name and organisation.

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are restricted to 2 attendees per organisation.

Posted 2017-11-08 11:42:29

Current Trends in Shipping 6th Annual Open Seminar, 29th November 2017, London

In the most difficult market for shipping for generations, experts from Moore Stephens, Clarkson Research Services and the International Chamber of Shipping will assess current trading conditions and the outlook for the industry at this Open Seminar taking place on Wednesday 29th November 2017 in London.

Event programme:

* Shipping Confidence: - A current perspective: Richard Greiner, Partner, Moore Stephens LLP will review the outcomes and examine the trends revealed by Moore Stephens' annual survey of Shipping Confidence

* The Shipping Markets - Tracking the Cycle: Trevor Crowe, Director of Clarkson Research Services and Sarah Holden, Shipping and Trade Analyst will examine the key characteristics of the shipping markets and look at the current position in the market cycle in the major sectors.

* Shipping Challenges - Shipping and the environment: Jonathan Spremulli, Technical Director, International Chamber of Shipping, will explore the potential impact of the mass of environmental legislation facing ship owners and operators.

For more information and booking details please visit:

or email

Posted 2017-11-08 12:26:29

5th Sustainable Ocean Summit - World Ocean Council, 29th November - 1st December 2017, Canada

The Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017 provides a global platform for leadership companies and organizations to advance the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainability challenges.

The SOS is uniquely designed to bring together leadership companies from the diverse Ocean Business Community: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, seabed mining, tourism, renewable energy, ports, dredging, mining, submarine cables, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others - as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2017-10-10 09:34:44

DIT Export Pricing Masterclass, 5th December 2017, Farnborough

The objective of this masterclass is to help improve your thinking and capability so that you understand how best to should set and manage export prices for your products and services across international markets.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

* Identify a range of different pricing strategies to help achieve company objectives

* How-to's on addressing pricing issues and increasing opportunities for export profitability

Date: 5 December 2017
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Farnborough
Cost: £60 (incl VAT)

To register your place please visit:

Posted 2017-11-22 09:52:02

DIT Start selling on e-marketplaces now, 5th December 2017, Guildford

DIT's new workshop is designed to have you up and running and listed on a selection of global marketplaces by the end of the session.

During this session you will be presented with the different services available to you in order to easily manage selling on several e-Marketplaces at the same time. These services will explain what they do and how they will enable you to run an efficient and profitable marketplace business.

Date: 5 December 2017
Time: 09:30 - 13:00
Location: Guildford
Cost: £30 (incl VAT)

To register your place follow the link:

Posted 2017-11-22 09:54:38

Build valuable partnerships with key contacts at Marintec China, 5th-8th December 2017, Shanghai

Are you ready for Marintec China? Make the most of your visit with bespoke 1-2-1 meetings at the Department for International Trade stand.

The 2017 edition of Marintec China is rapidly approaching, and as preparations unfold the Department for International Trade (DIT) is excited to invite British marine businesses to some valuable segments of the event at its stand.

During the four-day event DIT will be hosting 1-2-1 meetings with delegates and key contacts in the region. These bespoke meetings offer you the chance to network and discuss potential buying opportunities with industry experts handpicked by DIT. Don’t miss this opportunity to
showcase your business’s capabilities in the maritime industry and make the most of your time at the show.

Marintec China serves as the leading platform connecting the community and strengthening the maritime industry. With the complete maritime supply chain represented in the Asian maritime market, Marintec China offers a prime opportunity to connect with the Chinese marine industry and showcase the UK's capability within the maritime industry.

If your company has any of the following capabilities and would like to express an interest in booking a one-to-one meeting, email Lei Cullinan, DIT China Representative at

* Cruise ship design and fitting
* Autonomous vessels and technology
* Deep sea mining and resarch
* Polar research vessels
* High performance patrol ship
* Ocean science work ship
* Ocean going fishing vessels

On the afternoon of 5th December, China State Shipbuilding (CSSC) will be hosting a smart ship forum. If you would like to present your capability to this important Chinese organisation in any of the following sectors, please email Tingyi Lu, DIT China Trade and Investment Officer

* Block chain technology and application in shipping
* information security and network security
* Cloud platform based software architecture design for information system, especially for shipping and marine applications
* Decision optimization and operational research

Posted 2017-11-08 12:07:51

General Data Protection Regulation; Essentials for SMEs, 6th December 2017, Bordon, Hants

General Data Protection Regulation 'GDPR' is scheduled to come into force in May 2018. It applies to all businesses and everyone needs to be aware of it.

This FREE roadshow will give SMEs deep awareness and practical advice. No selling - No hype. Plus a chance to see brand new BASE Bordon Innovation Centre.

Presenter: James Chillman - Managing Director of UK BackUp - 50 mins

* What is the goal of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?
* What are the key aspects of GDPR?
* What can your company do to get ready for them?
* Top tips to start preparing for the GDPR
* Caution against hype and buying 'solution' package
* Q&A

James will be available afterwards for those wanting to discuss their specific requirements. We hope that there will be other data management experts in the room on the day - so lots of knowledge and insight available.

Great networking opportunity and opportunity to visit the brand new Bordon Innovation Centre.

There will be an official open day at the BASE Bordon Innovation Centre on this you can look around after the roadshow. Refreshments served.

BASE Bordon Innovation Centre
Broxhead House
Louisburg Barracks
Bordon, England GU35 0NE

To attend this event please follow the link:

Posted 2017-11-15 17:30:10

Offshore Wind Seminar 2017; 7th December 2017, London

The Danish Embassy in London will host a seminar that offers an overview of current and future developments in UK offshore wind industry.

The seminar will provide answers to what we can expect in 2018 in terms of policy developments, market opportunities and technical advances, but will also offer excellent networking opportunities.

The UK is presently the best market in the world for offshore wind energy due to its favourable combination of wind resources and strong support scheme offshore regime.

The seminar will look at specific projects, at current state of affairs, and explore what technology and which solutions are needed in the UK.


10.00 Coffee and registration

10.30 Lars Thuesen, Ambassador
Royal Danish Embassy
BREXIT and the impact on the energy industry

10.45 Allan Taylor, Head of Renewables Supply Chain
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Policy and market update

11.10 Matthew Wright, Managing Director UK
Ørsted UK (prev. DONG Energy)

11.35 Sebastian Bagsværd, head of Hywind Development
Hywind - expanding the reach of offshore wind

12.00 Lunch

13.00 David Stevenson, Head of Large Scale Renewables (Offshore Wind, Onshore Wind, Pump Hydro & Hydro)
Scottish Government
Overview of offshore Wind opportunities in Scotland and the Scottish Supply Chain

13.25 Mark Vyvyan-Robinson, Director of Development Investments
EDF Energy Renewables

13.50 James Cotter, Project Director at Triton Knoll Innogny and COO Peder Christensen
Oreneco ApS
Triton Knoll Update

14.15 Coffee

14.30 Panel Discussion: "Offshore logistics - vessels and access"

Panel Chair: Thomas Arsenbach, Senior Business Development Manager, Offshore renewable Energy Catapult
René Wigmans, head of global Maritime & Aviatiob Solutions, Siemens Wind Power
Damon O'Brien, Managing Director, ABPmer
To be announced

15.30 Sum-up & Networking

16.00 End of the day

To register, please visit the Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce website

And for more information please contact Rasmus Leth Traberg at the Danish Embassy on 07769688703 or

Posted 2017-11-15 17:38:04

DIT Exhibiting Effectively Overseas, 12th December 2017, Newbury

This interactive masterclass will focus on brainstorming sessions, group work and individual company opportunities to test and develop questions for your ‘talk’ on the stand.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

* Understand the role and benefits of attending overseas exhibitions

* Gain insight into the pitfalls such as language, transport, and stands

* How to increase sales and leads from attending exhibitions

Date: 12 December 2017
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Newbury
Cost: £60 (incl VAT)

To register your interest visit:

Posted 2017-11-22 09:57:23

Composites UK Regional Roadshow: London and South East, 12th December 2017, London

This event from Composites UK is organised in partnership with the National Composites Centre and hosted by Queen Mary University of London.

The event is designed to showcase innovations, opportunities for fibre-reinforced composites and business support available to companies in this region.

Giving the OEMs perspective at this event will be Robert Dean of Network Rail presenting "Opportunities and Challenges for the Composites Supply Chain in the Rail Sector".

Sponsorship and table-top exhibition spaces are available at this event. Table tops are £150 + VAT for Composites UK and NCC members, £275 + VAT for non members - contact Claire to book. This price includes two delegate places. For the rest of the sponsorship opportunities click here for the brochure - prices are on page 2 under 'regional events'.

For more information and booking please visit:

Posted 2017-11-22 10:01:17

Business South Festive Networking, 13th December 2017, Southampton

Join Business South at the beautiful Mayflower Theatre to celebrate the festive season and network with like-minded business leaders.

Meet business leaders from across the South for an exclusive networking opportunity with some holiday cheer.

Business South Champions will receive two free tickets for this event.

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to network and enjoy some festive refreshments.

Event details: Wednesday 13th December 2017, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Venue: Mayflower Theatre, 22-26 Commercial Road, Southampton
SO15 1GE

If you would like to register to attend this event or find out more, please email or call the events team on 02380 682520.

Posted 2017-11-15 15:47:32

Solent LEP European Regional Development Fund event, 14th December 2017, Guildford

Solent LEP are organising this ERDF Innovation Specification Information and Networking Event which will take place on Thursday 14th December 2017 in Guildford.

The Digital Enabling Technologies Knowledge to Market Accelerator specification worth £600k ERDF is seeking a strategic, collaborative and partnership approach to set up a knowledge-to-market accelerator in line with the recommendations of the South Science and Innovation Audit (S&IA).

This multi-LEP call includes Enterprise M3 LEP, Dorset LEP, Solent LEP, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP, Coast to Capital LEP and South East LEP. Any proposed activity will need to benefit this geography.

The Quantum Technologies Supply Chain Initiative worth £2.5m ERDF will be seeking collaborative actions between business and research institutions from the following geographical area including Enterprise M3, Dorset LEP, Solent LEP, Coast to Capital LEP and South East LEP.

Solent LEP are inviting businesses to come and join this multi-LEP Event to find out more about these funding opportunities and network with potential partners from the geographical area.

Event details

Thursday 14th December 2017, 1:30pm - 4pm, University of Surrey, 5G Innovation Centre, Stag Hill, Guildford, GU2 7XH

For more information and booking details please visit:

Posted 2017-11-22 10:13:54

DIT Ready, Set, Export Festive Breakfast, 15th December 2017, Tunbridge Wells

The Department for International Trade (DIT) South East are hosting a festive breakfast event for businesses looking to find customers and grow sales in new markets overseas.

Whether you are a seasoned exporter looking to diversify your markets or a business aiming to sell products or services overseas for the first time, this event will provide valuable insights and advice to maximise your sales potential and minimise your risks.

DIT will be discussing an exciting new support package available for businesses in Kent and parts of East Sussex. It will include a series of rapid-fire panel sessions from experts in international law, finance and expert support from government specialists in the UK and overseas.

Date: 15 December 2017
Time: 8:00 - 10:00
Location: One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells
Cost: Free of Charge

To book your free place please visit:

Posted 2017-11-22 09:46:47

Shipwrights' Lectures - Registration Now Open, 10th January 2018, Southampton

The next Shipwrights' Lectures will be held at 14.00 on 10th January 2018 at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. The lectures are aimed at inspiring apprentices and young people involved in the industry and will show how cutting-edge technology is adopted to deliver world beating performance.

Following the 35th America's Cup held in Bermuda this summer, which exhibited the highest level of advanced sailing technology, this year's theme is "Technical Innovation". The foiling catamarans exhibited some of the greatest operational developments seen in international yacht racing since the cup began.

Sir Ben Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team successfully harnessed these innovations in their inspirational attempt to bring the cup home having been the only challenger to win one race against New Zealand, the eventual winner of the America's Cup. Land Rover BAR will be further developing designs and materials once Emirates Team New Zealand has made public the design rule for the 36th America's Cup, maintaining their campaign to bring the cup home.

To celebrate the hard work and achievement of the Land Rover BAR team, the panel discussion will focus on the technical innovation behind the America's Cup. The panel members will comprise:

Andy Claughton, Naval Architect BAR Technologies
Richard Hopkirk, Land Rover BAR Engineering Manager
Simon Schofield, BAR Technologies Senior Engineer
James Roche, Land Rover BAR Performance and Simulation

The panel discussion will be chaired by Matt Sheahan, Head of Performance Sailing at Sunset+Vine PLC, and will be a lively look at developments within the marine industry. In much the same way as Formula 1 drives innovation in the automotive industry, it is the Americas Cup that drives innovation in ours.

As in previous years, there will be a presentation from two marine apprentices, this time from Oyster Yachts, Wroxham telling of their experiences during their apprenticeship.

Following the interval the keynote speech will be given by Sir Keith Mills GBE DL, who, having left school at 15 with no qualifications, went on to have an amazing career in marketing. Early ventures included founding the air miles and nectar card companies before leading the team that brought the Olympics to Britain in 2012. He was co-founder of the Invictus Games with Prince Harry before becoming a founding shareholder of the America's Cup team, Land Rover BAR.

For the first time the Shipwrights' Lectures will coincide with the London Boat Show and we are pleased to announce that British Marine will again be offering apprentices free entry to the show on Thursday 11th January 2018. Employers will be able to obtain tickets for their apprentices through their training providers.

In addition, we are delighted to announce that Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI), part of the University of Southampton, have offered tours of their fantastic tank testing facilities on the Bolderwood Campus for apprentices and their employers on the morning of the lecture. 48 places are available; please book when registering. If oversubscribed, we will allocate places.

The full programme for the day can be found at Shipwrights' Lectures Programme 2018.

Registration details can be found at the following link:

Posted 2017-11-08 11:50:46

COLUMBUS Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference 2018, 24th January 2018, Brussels

The final COLUMBUS annual event entitled 'Making Marine and Maritime Science Count' will take place 23rd - 24th January 2018 in Brussels.

The event will provide an opportunity to discover and celebrate the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology and its activities. It will bring together partners, collaborators and interested parties to highlight
Knowledge Transfer case studies and lessons learned through the work performed by the COLUMBUS project.

This international event will also host the launch of the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer handbook and recommendations for European and national funding agencies to embed Knowledge Transfer systems in current and future funding mechanisms.

Training on the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology will be offered and will be targeted towards scientists and project managers.

The target audience for this conference is knowledge generators including researchers, consultants and scientists, users of marine and maritime research outputs from industry, policy, science and society, funding agencies and research and higher education organisations.

Winners of the COLUMBUS Blue Society award for impactful Knowledge Transfer will be announced at this event.

To register interest for this event please contact the COLUMBUS Project Manager Cliona Ni Cheallachain

Marine South East is a partner in the COLUMBUS project.

Posted 2017-09-29 14:38:11

Beyond the business as usual: Innovate UK in the South West, 25th January 2018, Exeter

Businesses can register now for the chance to network and engage with senior executives from the Innovate UK family, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Business Clusters who can offer advice on which funding and collaborative opportunities might be right for you and your innovation.

The event will provide information on:

* Opportunities to turn innovation into commercial gain: Innovate UK

* Funding to make these a reality

* Initiatives that are happening within the region that you could get involved in.

Why attend?
Are you are an SME or researcher looking to collaborate on emerging local innovation initiatives?

Are you part of a smaller collaboration or an individual business looking into feasibility ideas and interested in hearing about core competition grants, innovation loans, KTPs?

Do you want to be inspired?

To Register for this event please follow the link:

Posted 2017-11-08 12:15:56

Cammell-Laird Suppliers' Conference for the Type 31e Frigate Programme, 20th February 2018, Birkenhead

Cammell-Laird Shipbuilders is preparing to bid to be prime contractor for the Type 31e Frigate Programme in partnership with BAE Systems and will be holding a Supplier’s Conference in Birkenhead for Tier 1 and Tier 2 sub-contractors and the wider supply chain.

The event will take place on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at the Maritime & Engineering College North West, Monks Ferry, Birkenhead CH41 5LH.

The conference will include presentations from the senior management of Cammell-Laird on the overall programme that is planned and will be followed by an opportunity for supplier's to engage in one-to-one discussions with procurement and technical managers from the shipyard. There will also be an opportunity for delegates to tour the shipyard in small groups.

To register your place and see the full programme for the event please visit:'_Conference_flyer.pdf

Posted 2017-11-22 10:05:06

DIMDEX 2018 - 12th-14th March 2018 - Join the UK Group now

SMI will be organising the British group to DIMDEX 2018; a three day event taking place in Doha 12th-14th March 2018 which will focus on naval and maritime security equipment procurement and support services.

DIMDEX 2018 comprises of an exhibition, conference, senior staff delegations and visiting warships and will focus on naval & maritime security equipment procurement and support services. The Qatar National Convention Centre is located in the capital city, Doha, which benefits from excellent facilities and many modern features.

Companies participating in the UK Group Pavilion have the opportunity to exhibit from walk-on "Pod system" stands on an open plan.

All exhibitors registering to exhibit with the UK Group Pavilion will be entitled, at no extra cost, to benefit from the DIT DSO Overseas Exhibition Support Package and which includes:

* Liaison with DIT DSO regional and events specialists to plan detailed support and specific objectives

* Support at the event from military officers on the staff of DIT DSO

* Assistance with capturing specific priority customers

* Full page entry in the UK specific event brochure

* Use of the UK Group Pavilion meeting area for customer meetings

* Post event liaison with DIT DSO regional and events management specialists to review outcomes and share feedback

The deadline for registration is Friday 15th December 2017
Contact for more information or visit:

Posted 2017-10-26 13:51:56

Asia Pacific Maritime, 14th-16th March 2018, Singapore

Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) is the premier marine trade exhibition in South East Asia during 2018. A DIT TAP grant may be available to eligible SMEs joining the UK group.

Leading shipbuilders, refit yards, ship owners, operators and ship managers visit the show with their procurement teams.

The maritime exhibition is supported by a conference and seminar programme.

SMI are working with the show organisers on the conference programme so that UK firms can maximise their presence by presenting at seminars.

SMI are also hoping to secure funding for a networking reception to place at Asia Pacific Maritime.

Following discussions with the exhibition organisers, the following Pavilion entitlements will apply for companies participating under the SMI Pavilion:

* Free buyers/ visitor invitation flyers
* Complimentary invitation to "APM 2018 Exhibitors Reception Night"
* Complimentary company listing and write-up in Show Preview
* Company listing 100 words write-up in Show Directory
* Nomination of up to 20 Event Hosted Buyers (EHB) (subject to selection by Committee)
* APM will be running a Hosted Buyers Programme again
* Media information contact point for assistance with press releases

For more information please visit:

Deadline to register is Tuesday 16th January 2018. Contact for more information.

Posted 2017-08-04 12:06:26

Sea Japan 2018, 11th-13th April 2018, Tokyo

Sea Japan is a marine equipment products and services exhibition which takes please 11th-13th April 2018 at the Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Centre in Japan.

The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is organising the UK showcase group at the exhibition.

At the beginning of 2017 Japan overtook South Korea in terms of new-build order backlog. According to Clarkson Research data in December 2016 Japan had a backlog of 20.64 million compensated gross tonnes (CGT). This important statistic cannot be ignored. If you want to grow your marine business then Sea Japan 2018 should be on your list of exhibitions for 2018.

The deadline for booking space on the UK pavilion is Thursday 1st March 2018 - for more information on the exhibition/UK Group please contact Tom Chant on

or visit:

Posted 2017-10-26 14:08:22