UKTI to aid particle pitches

Posted on 29 Sep 2009 by The Manufacturer

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is helping 76 UK firms to pitch for business this week with CERN, the European particle physics laboratory, which spent £110 million on supply contracts last year alone.

Working with the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), UKTI is bringing senior procurement officials to the UK who are looking to fulfil contracts in areas such as IT, mechanical engineering and electronics.

The UK companies will meet the CERN officials at two roadshows. The first is being held at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire on Tuesday and the second at the STFC Daresbury Research Laboratory in Cheshire on Wednesday.

UK Trade & Investment Chief Executive Sir Andrew Cahn says that working with CERN is “not only a feather in the cap for a British company but also an excellent business opportunity. Firms which meet the highest scientific standards required by this facility win not only business but also a world-class endorsement of their innovation and quality.”