With the festive break nearly here, many of us will be turning our thoughts to spending time with family and loved ones following a busy year of trading. And a busy year it has been, with many Members of UKSMA and IST reporting strengthening order books and new business opportunities. Economic confidence is returning and companies are investing in capital equipment, which is always a good sign.
2014 promises to be busy too, with many companies preparing to exhibit or visit Autosport International at the NEC in Birmingham in January, the Wire Show in Düsseldorf in April, and the Farnborough Airshow in July amongst others. IST Staff will visit most shows, so please get in touch if you’d like to meet for a chat.
The highlight of IST’s 2014 events calendar will be IST Technical Conference on the 10th-11th September at the Woodland Grange Conference Centre in Leamington-Spa. The theme for the conference will be announced in January 2014, and the event will include two mornings of technical presentations, a table top exhibition, evening dinner and a number of networking opportunities. Please let IST know as soon as possible how many of your colleagues would like to attend as places are restricted. Delegate prices and early bird discounted prices will also be announced in January. Please also let IST staff know if you are interested in delivering a 20 minute presentation once the theme has been announced. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event.
My first year as the MD of IST has been a whirl-wind of activity and I would like to thank all those who have supported me and advised me during my settling in period. I’m incredibly proud to be at the head of an organisation that is held in such high regard and esteem by its’ Members and feel privileged to work alongside a team that has worked hard to absorb the changes that often come with a new leadership. I extend my personal thanks to all.
On behalf of all the Staff at IST, we wish you a very happy, peaceful and relaxed holiday during the festive season and we look forward to supporting you and your businesses during 2014.