Free energy and resources forums support SMEs

29 March 2017

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Regional small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working in the mining equipment, technology and services sector are being assisted to boost growth and innovation through free business forums being conducted by the NSW Government supported Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub.

The Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Forums are being held in Dubbo (Tuesday 28 March), Parkes (Wednesday 29 March), the Upper Hunter (Friday 31 March), and the Illawarra (Thursday 6 April).

The free regional events provide collaborative forums to offer new industry insights and help regional businesses overcome local challenges, establish support networks and build their innovation capacity.

The Forums have been organised by the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub, a collaboration between the NSW Department of Industry and the Newcastle Institute of Energy and Resources (NIER) to help the energy and resources sector collaborate to overcome challenges and capture opportunities.

The events are being held across regional NSW as part of the Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub’s ‘Regional Connectivity Tour’.

Established through the Knowledge Hub, METS NSW is a strategic partnership to leverage the strength of mining, equipment, technology and services business and research and development activity.

Together, several programs and business groups accelerate innovation and champion METS related expertise throughout NSW. The regional events are being held by METS NSW together with strategic partners Austmine, METS Ignited, Austrade, Hunternet, i3net, and other partners.

Participants in the regional forums will:

  • Take part in a ‘METS Ignited Thought Leadership Series’ focused on capturing feedback on industry mega trends and developing future strategies
  • Identify opportunities for growth and collaboration
  • Identify how strategies can be assisted by new insights into the future
  • Meet stakeholders, agencies and groups to increase awareness of METS support that is available
  • Deepen their engagement with collaborative platforms.

Register for the Growing METS Matters forums at Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub.