New Anglia LEP to showcase pioneering firms at iExpo

Mark Pendlington, chairman of the New Anglia LEP

Mark Pendlington, chairman of the New Anglia LEP - Credit: Keith Whitmore

Norfolk and Suffolk's technology pioneers will be showcasing their products at an innovation exhibition spearheaded by the New Anglia LEP.

More than 45 exhibitors, from start-ups to established global businesses, are expected to take part, featuring products and designs from haptic technology to biometric devices.

Supported by communications giant BT, the iExpo will be held at its global engineering headquarters at Adastral Park in Martlesham, Suffolk, from 10am to 3pm on November 20.

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: 'Inspiring pioneers from Norfolk and Suffolk are leading the way with cutting-edge technology, research and designs, iExpo is a chance to be inspired by their ideas and view their amazing products first-hand.

'It will also be a fascinating opportunity to discover some of the emerging technologies which BT is famous for, visitors can also learn about Innovation Martlesham, an established cluster of high-tech ICT companies located at Adastral Park. For those inspired by innovation and creative inventions, iExpo is for you.'

The exhibition will include: a 'hacker challenge' from computer hardware company Silicon Safe, based at Adastral Park, which have developed technology to eradicate cyber-attacks; Mobile security company SMI Global based in Bury St Edmunds, which have created biometric devices which analyse human body characteristics; Haptic technology which allows users to 'feel and move' 3D objects on a screen, photo-realistic urban modelling and 3D printing from the team at UEA Consultancy.

Sue Johnson, UEA consultancy manager, said: 'We have a wealth of expertise and world-class facilities – including future innovations for the construction, medical and engineering sectors - the iExpo is an excellent opportunity for businesses to find out how our knowledge and experience can help them.'

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Jason Hawkins-Row, founder of Sudbury-based Agri-tech company Aponic said: 'We believe our invention could be the future of sustainable crop technology. Crops which thrive through our Aponic systems include vegetables, fruits, herbs and exotic, high value plants, such as Stevia which is a powerful natural sweetener. It will be great to exhibit at the iExpo, meet with visitors and show them how versatile, efficient and exciting this system is.'

Funding and business support organisations will also be exhibiting at iExpo, including New Anglia Growth Hub, Growth Accelerator, UKTI and the Suffolk and Norfolk Chambers of Commerce.

• To book a place, visit by November 17.