The UK Midlands Engine Cyber initiative has returned to Baltimore, Maryland as part of a second trade delegation of cyber companies and partners.
The Midlands Engine group, which included businesses from across the region and representatives from Herefordshire Enterprise Zone at Skylon Park, visited the prestigious Cyber Maryland Conference last week.
The event gave delegates the opportunity to showcase their cyber products and solutions to the US market, with the Skylon Park looking to attract investors to Hereford, the only Zone in England with a defence and security sector focus.
During the past 12 months, the Midlands Engine Cyber initiative has gone from strength to strength.
The initial outward 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 showcasing the region’s offer.
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, which includes the Marches LEP and Worcestershire LEP.
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.