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MERSEY MARITIME AND PEEL PORTS TO RUN DRAGONS’ DEN-STYLE EVENT – 29 MARCH 2017

By Annette Parker

Maritime sector representative in the North West Mersey Maritime will host an innovative event connecting businesses to key decision makers to boost supply chain opportunities for SMEs – in a Dragons’ Den style format.

The two-hour Innovation event that is being held with Peel Ports Group, one of the UK’s largest port operators, is aimed at SMEs who feel they have a product, service or approach that can add value to the Peel Ports business.

The event, taking place at the Maritime Knowledge Hub on 29th March between 8.30am and 10.30am, is the first in a new programme of MiHub events that aims to cut through the cold-call process by bringing the right people together in an environment that can boost business opportunities.

Business with an offer that is of interest to the panel will be potentially fast-tracked onto the port operator’s supplier list, enabling them to compete for existing or future business.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “One of our key aims has always been to increase supply chain opportunities for SMEs. We are really excited to be working with Peel Ports to offer eligible SMEs the opportunity to access senior decision makers at one of the largest port operators in the UK.

“This is the first event like this that we have held and we are expecting it to be an interesting and busy morning for SMEs and Peel Ports. This event avoids the painful process of cold-calling and allows our members to directly access business decision makers.”

Events like the Peel Ports panel are part of Mersey Maritime’s ‘MiHub’ programme, a series of regular events and workshops throughout the year that allow SMEs to learn about and benefit from regional supply chain opportunities. The MiHub programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund’s New Markets 2 project, which Mersey Maritime is currently delivering to fast-growth SMEs.

The panel will comprise of Gary Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer, Peel Ports Group; David Huck, Port Director; Adam Green, Head of Procurement; Brad Crumbleholme, Head of Engineering.

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MERSEY MARITIME Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the Maritime Sector and related industry sectors operating across the UK's Liverpool City Region, bringing together over 1250 businesses whose activities contribute some £3.47bn - or 13% - to the region's GDP. The cluster is the broadest and largest outside of London, reflecting Liverpool's long history as a maritime mercantile city. As a city region that has maritime embedded in its DNA, Mersey Maritime is working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University to address an agenda centred on skills, innovation, R&D and business support that will help facilitate further growth and job creation. The organisation is co-located with LJMU at the Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead, Wirral (UK).

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MERSEY MARITIME AND PEEL PORTS TO RUN DRAGONS’ DEN-STYLE EVENT – 29 MARCH 2017