Durham Oktoberfest, which is now in its ninth year, brings together under one roof hundreds of employers, who are given the chance to meet potential customers, buyers and suppliers.
The event – which, this year, takes place on October 20 at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe – was set up to showcase the North East’s world class capabilities within the engineering and manufacturing sectors and now attracts hundreds of exhibitors and sponsors.
David Land, chairman of County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN), which organises Durham Oktoberfest, says: “Our region is home to thousands of businesses within the engineering and manufacturing sectors, who between them make a significant contribution to our economy.
“We want them to continue to grow here in the North East and to do that, inter-trading is crucial. That’s why Oktoberfest is so important, as it brings together employers of all sizes who are given the chance to promote their services and, more importantly, secure new contracts.
“Each year we hear from companies who have grown as a direct result of attending Oktoberfest, companies like EDM Zone, Altec, E-MAX Systems and Dyer Engineering, who have seen their client portfolio expand because of introductions they’ve made at the event.”
Roger Wilson, business development and marketing manager at EDM Zone, adds: “Durham Oktoberfest got us in front of potential clients from the widespread sector that otherwise we might not have had the chance to meet. We’ve definitely expanded our client portfolio as a result of attending and had no hesitation in signing up for this year’s event.”