Heather Mills the right ingredient for EMCON

September 4, 2019

This year’s EMCON is just weeks away and the hype around the event is greater than ever with the announcement that VBites owner and successful entrepreneur Heather Mills is to be the keynote speaker

For the last 11 years, EMCON has established a place at the heart of the engineering and manufacturing sectors’ events calendar.

For companies in the North East, it is the ‘must-attend’ event of the year, not only giving them a chance to showcase their business to hundreds of people but to meet existing and potential clients and suppliers all under one roof.

This year, though, the hype is greater than ever with the announcement that VBites owner and award-winning businesswoman Heather Mills is to be the event’s keynote speaker.

Heather, who has taken over the former Walkers Crisps factory in Peterlee to accommodate the continued growth of her business, will open the industry leaders’ panel debate, giving an insight into her entrepreneurial journey by outlining her plans for the area, why she chose to extend her vegan empire in the North East and her thoughts on the future of the business and its plans for growth.

She will then take part in the panel debate, which is being delivered by the Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN) in partnership with delivery partner Jackson Hogg.

Ben Gilhespy, operations director at the EMN, says: “There’s no doubt that the announcement of Heather Mills’ involvement in our event has generated a significant amount of interest.

“People are genuinely interested in her story and want to learn more about her plans for the area.

“I think the fact that she’s also going to participate in the panel debate is even more of a pull, as those in attendance will have the chance to ask her and the other participants questions.

“It’s a real coup for our event and is a testament to the growth EMCON has undergone since it launched back in 2008.”

Fat Hippo has also been confirmed as the catering provider, and through its Fat Hippo Fleet brand will provide both meat and vegan options for attendees.

The company was chosen following its successful involvement with Business Durham’s Food Truck Friday initiative.

EMCON 2019 will be on Thursday, October 10, at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe.

Stadler Rail UK is once again the event’s headline sponsor and will be delivering a session around its plans for UK growth, while Business Durham maintains its gold sponsorship status.

Other sponsors include GOM, Lumo Tax Consultants and Horizonworks, which are silver sponsors, and E-max Systems and Lemon Top Creative as bronze sponsors.


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