The UK Midlands Engine Cyber initiative has successfully returned to Baltimore, Maryland as part of a second trade delegation of cyber companies and partners. The Midlands Engine group exhibited at the prestigious Cyber Maryland Conference between 11-12 October, giving the delegates the opportunity to showcase the regions leading edge cyber products and solutions to the US market.
Since its inception 12 months ago, the Midlands Engine Cyber initiative has gone from strength to strength. The initial outward scoping mission to Maryland in 2016 was a great success, resulting in a return visit from the US delegation in June of this year with Midlands businesses promoting the region’s sector capabilities. Following the trade missions, both parties came together in the Houses of Parliament to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Maryland and the Midlands Engine to endorse and develop trade & investment between the UK and US.
The 2017 visit comprises an 18 strong delegation from the Midlands region, with representation from – borwell, Data Solver, Deep Secure, Ice Blue, Immersive Labs, Intercede, Manager Enterprise Technologies, QinetiQ and the University of Wolverhampton in partnership with Skylon Park.
The mission, funded by the Department for International Trade, offered a unique sector opportunity for Midlands-based businesses and organisations to enter the US market. The mission was also designed to identify US companies looking to invest in the UK and forms part of a three year programme aimed at encouraging trade and investment into the region.
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Midlands Engine is home to many impressive and innovative cyber companies, alongside several academic institutions offering cyber-specific research and training. We now look to capitalise on the network for the benefit of the Midlands Engine and strengthen relationships in the cyber security sector as a priority growth area”.
For businesses that are looking to participate in any future events, visit the Midlands Engine Cyber website.
Pictured: Members of the Midlands Engine cyber delegation pictured with US Governor, Larry Hogan.