WATER INDUSTRY FORUM RE-LAUNCHES WITH FOCUS ON BUSINESS GROWTH

Posted: Monday 2nd November 2009

Companies that supply products and services to the water and waste water industries in Yorkshire and Humber gota business boost with the re-launch of the Water Industry Forum at an event in BRADFORD on 14 October.

The Water Industry Forum (WIF) is a business network supported by Yorkshire Forward. Its aim is to develop business opportunities for companies in the water and waste water sector, provide support with advice on new legislation, and help businesses capitalise on emerging technologies. WIF will also help members in the areas of export, innovation and product development.

Peter Drake was appointed Director of WIF when the contract was awarded by Yorkshire Forward earlier this year. He brings to the organisation extensive commercial and technical experience of the water industry.

Peter Drake says: “My first few months in the role have been about understanding what companies in the sector need from the Water Industry Forum”.

“As a result of this research, we have been able to identify both the key services that members will value most, and the key topics for workshops and seminars. Unsurprisingly, identifying new business opportunities is their top priority.”

WIF will help companies by enhancing and upgrading its member services to include ‘meet the buyer’ opportunities and networking events looking at industry developments. A series of business-focussed events is planned from November this year through to June 2010.

WIF is enhancing and upgrading its member services and offering two membership grades: Associate and Full. There will be re-launch discounts and incentives available for both new and existing members.

Jim Farmery, Assistant Director of Business at Yorkshire Forward commented: “The water and waste water sector in the region is the second largest sub-sector within the environmental technologies sector in terms of numbers of companies and employees, as well as turnover”.

“Yorkshire Forward supports the Water Industry Forum as there are huge opportunities for growth either through export to developing countries or innovation in response to the global challenges facing the water industry. I urge Yorkshire and Humber’s water and waste water sector to take advantage of this support.”

For further information on the Water Industry Forum, email: info@waterindustryforum.com or contact Peter Drake on 01484 433204.




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