UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 17th March 2019

Good afternoon

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in

National Cyber Awards

Closing date for nominations 22nd March
Here is a link to information on the National Cyber Awards 2019 in Cheltenham in April.
This is dedicated to recognising individuals in our sector in particular The Cyber Citizen of the Year 2019.

GM Cyber Foundry

This is an opportunity for any company in the Greater Manchester region.

A business may have (1) an opportunity that they know about – or that the Cyber Foundry team can see in it – that can be developed to make their business activity safer on line. Some companies might even want to productise what we or they see as potential. Part (1) is called ‘Business Assist’ and (2) is called ‘Technical Assist’.

The GM Cyber Foundry is a consortium project combining the expertise of the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Lancaster University and the University of Salford to deliver innovative cyber security support to Greater Manchester SME businesses. Over three years, with the support of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Cyber Foundry project will support 150 SMEs by stimulating business innovation through the application of cyber security research.

Eligibility requirements for this free support:

  • Must be within Greater Manchester. Regional trading offices are eligible as long as they meet the criteria below.
  • Number of employees less than 250.
  • Annual turnover must be less than €50m or balance sheet less than €43m.
  • Business is not more than 25% owned by another company group (Unless owning group is also an SME). University owned subsidiaries must not be more than 50% owned by the university.
  • Almost all business sectors are welcome to participate with the exception of: Fisheries and Aquaculture; Processing and marketing of agricultural products; Shipbuilding; Schools/school age educational establishments; Insurance Companies; Primary productions, coal or steel, synthetic fibres; Banking or Nuclear industries.

You can find out more here

Disability Confident Scheme

The disability confident scheme is a good way to show support to the employment of people with a disability.  Also, Access to Work give grants to help employees overcome barriers caused by their disability, both physical and mental.  We have used this funding for things like help with transport to work, in-work mentoring, noise cancelling headphones and assistive software – worth a look!

Find out more about the Disability Confident scheme here
Find out about Access to Work

New Security Event in Birmingham

There is a new Security Event in Birmingham and it is free entry.  I will be there on IASME’s stand on the second and third day so do stop by and say hello if you go!
In addition to the security event you get access to The Health & Safety EventFire Safety Event and The Facilities Event.

Meet the Expert: Exporting to Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar

8 April – Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

In collaboration with Britain in South East Asia (BiSEA) and UK-Asian Business Council we are pleased to host an exciting meet the expert opportunity.

In a series of 25 minute 1:1 meetings you can meet with the in-country experts from the following markets:

You will also have the chance to meet with UK Export Finance to discuss financing your exports.

Why South East Asia?

South East Asia is a region where economic growth and development is expected to exceed the global average for the foreseeable future. With a wealth of natural resources, low-cost skilled labour, and a regional Free Trade Agreement, the great diversity of markets and opportunities are attractive across a wide range of sectors.


Click here to request your 1:1 meeting slots. Please note that they are limited and will be allocated between 11:00-16:00

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