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Meet The Buyer: Innovation with J. Murphy & Sons

Date: 4th April 2019
Location: The Base, Dallam Lane, Warrington, WA2 7NG
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
Theme: Open new markets & Export, Innovation, Digital & Technology

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The Manufacturing Growth Fund in partnership with the BASE are organising a Meet the Buyer event for Manufacturing and Engineering SMEs as well as Digital / Tech SMEs to engage with J. Murphy & Sons Limited, a leading global, multi-disciplined engineering and construction company.

Operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada, Murphy provides better engineered solutions to infrastructure sectors including transportation; water; power; natural resources; and construction & property.

The business is looking at identifying areas of innovation which could benefit the civil engineering / construction sector. They are putting together a list of areas of innovation which they consider as a priority, which will be disseminated at the event.

The company will then want to engage with Innovative SMEs to identify potential products / technologies which could help them to achieve these innovation priorities.

J Murphy & Sons is also part of an industry forum: Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform (i3P), which is an independent innovation community governed by representatives from its member organisations. There is potential for further opportunity via this group.


The event will also feature the following sessions:

Identifying market opportunities

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The A to Z of Website Internationalisation

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David Antrobus, Chairman, David Antrobus Marketing Ltd

David Antrobus enjoys almost 40 years’ experience in Strategic Marketing and Corporate Presentation.

David has successfully consulted for some of the Great British and Global Institutions (ICI, British Airways, The Co-op, Ferranti, NWW, Toyota Motors, Magnesium Elektron, British Aerospace, Thermo Electron Corporation, The NHS, Bentley Motors)

Latterly, David has also worked extensively with SME enterprises, advising and guiding businesses to be much more focused and successful via creating and implementing positive Marketing Strategies.

Rick Lees, Managing Director, The Artlab

Rick Lees has worked in the field of digital marketing for 15 years, and been MD of The Artlab for almost a decade.

Already well-known for delivering excellent results for manufacturers, The Artlab has a growing reputation in the complex area of international digital marketing, boasting a team highly experienced in this increasingly important area.


Please note:

Our workshops are part-funded by European Regional Development Funds.

Our workshops are delivered free of charge to participants; however, as they are fully-funded, they are classed as state aid to participating businesses and are subject to state aid rules and the associated eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Location: Clients based in the North West
  • SME: Small or medium enterprise i.e. less than 250 (Full Time Equivalent) employees and annual turnover less than 50 Million Euro OR Balance Sheet less than 43 million Euro 
  • Sector Restrictions may also apply


08:30 Registration, Networking and breakfast
09:00 Welcome from the Host, Sylvie Morton, Business Development Manager, The Base
09:10 Introduction to the Manufacturing Growth Fund
09:20 Identifying market opportunities, David Antrobus, Chairman, David Antrobus Marketing Ltd
09:50 The A to Z of Website Internationalisation, Rick Lees, Managing Director, The Artlab
10:20 Q&A with refreshments
10:30 Meet J. Murphy & Sons, Jack Selman, Innovation Co-ordinator
11:00 Q&A and 1-2-1 Clinic
11:30 Event Close

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