Worcestershire LEP, Marches LEP and Hereford Enterprise Zone are leading the mission to Baltimore, Maryland in partnership with the Department for International Trade and Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.
A number of businesses will be showcasing what the region has to offer from a cyber security perspective. These include; borwell Ltd, Cyber Owl, DeepSecure, Eminent Group, Ice Blue Marketing, Innova Engineering (trading as the Packet Company), QinetiQ and Titania. The Midlands also provides academic excellence and Coventry University and University of Wolverhampton are also taking part in the mission.
The mission, which takes place between 18-22 October 2016, will showcase what the Midlands has to offer from a cyber-security perspective and enable companies and universities from across the region to create long-term partnerships and business opportunities with companies and educational establishments in the US.
The Midlands delegates will take part in the prestigious and established CyberMaryland Conference 2016, with Maryland being recognised as a cyber-security leader both nationally and internationally with the world’s largest concentrations of cyber security companies.
The headquarters of the US National Security Agency is at Fort Meade and some of the world’s largest IT and cyber-security firms are located in Maryland as well as many of the most successful modern cyber innovation companies, five universities which are designated centres of excellence in cyber education, research by NSA and DHS and several leading hi-tech and cyber-security incubators and accelerators.
The Midlands also has excellent cyber-security companies, including those who are cyber-suppliers to the UK Government, as well as universities who offer excellent and specialist cyber-security courses making the Midlands attractive to other innovative companies from this sector.
The mission has been funded by the Department for International Trade on behalf of the Midlands Engine to help business development opportunities between the UK and US. Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Marches LEP and Hereford Enterprise Zone, in partnership with Department for International Trade and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, are now developing a programme over the next three years with a return visit from Maryland to the Midlands being planned for Spring 2017.
Linda Smith, Director of International Trade at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Midlands Engine is one of the fastest growing and economically important areas within the UK. Located at the heart of a connected transport network, the Midlands has close proximity to London and is attracting interest from international technology-based organisations to enhance an already growing domestic innovation base.”
“This is a fantastic, mutually beneficial opportunity for businesses and universities across the Midlands and those in the US to build long-term partnerships and business development opportunities.”
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Midlands is home to an impressive array of cyber security and other innovative companies as well as academic excellence linked to this sector.
“With the opportunity to participate in networking and business development opportunities at the CyberMaryland Conference 2016, companies will be able to grow their presence in an internationally-renowned cyber-area.”
“We look forward to showcasing the expertise in this sector, with cyber-security being a priority growth sector in Worcestershire, as well as there being excellent companies and academic organisations from the across the Midlands. We believe that this mission will also be hugely beneficial to companies in America and we also look forward to welcoming a US delegation back to the Midlands, UK during 2017.”
Pictured: The Cyber mission to Baltimore will take place between 18-22 October 2016.