SWP Engineering exhibits new shellfish cooker on national stage
Six manufacturing businesses from Northumberland have exhibited at the SubCon Show at the Birmingham NEC over three days, including Berwick-based SWP Engineering.
Hosted by Business Northumberland, which funded the exhibition space, the stand showcased the range of skills and services that the region has to offer the manufacturing supply chain.
SWP Engineering was joined at the show by Advanced Barrier Coatings; Falon Nameplates; Hindley Circuits; North Eastern Composite; and Scarab4, who collaborated following an application processes which was opened up to all small to medium-sized manufacturing businesses back in April.
SWP Engineering, based at the Ramparts Business Park on the northern outskirts of the town, specialises in manufacturing in stainless steel and used this opportunity to showcase a scaled-down version of its latest offering to the market, a bespoke continuous shellfish cooker, which can increase processing capacity by more than five times that of conventional batch cooking.
Richard Wearmouth, chairman of Arch, the arms-length development company of Northumberland County Council, 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.”
Bill Parkin, managing director of SWP Engineering, said: “This has been the first time that we have attended an exhibition like this and it has been a hugely valuable experience and not one that we would have undertaken without the support of Business Northumberland and the other five businesses.
“We are leaving the event with some very promising opportunities to follow up on and some great ideas on how we can continue to build momentum and attend future events.
“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.
“It’s been great to work so closely alongside the other businesses and understand more about manufacturing across the county.”
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.
The £1.3million funding secured for Business Northumberland includes Arch’s own funds and match funding of £698,599 received from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
For more information about Business Northumberland, up-coming workshops and for business support, call 01670 528400.