The Advanced Materials Show is taking place in Telford, a few miles from Ironbridge Gorge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It is the fastest growing town in the West Midlands.
Telford is only 30 miles from Stoke-on-Trent which is the traditional heartland of UK ceramics, boasting a re-energized ceramic manufacturing sector attracting government support, significant investment, enhanced skills training, the establishment of the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone and plans for an International Institute for Ceramics.
In just under three years Telford has attracted £236m of investment, sold land worth £23m and created thousands of new jobs.
Recent years have seen major new investment in our borough from the Ministry of Defence’s new UK Defence Fulfilment Centre to Magna Cosma, the largest FDI investment in the UK in the last 10 years.
These investments are being complemented by significant investment in Telford’s two Universities – Wolverhampton University continues to invest in its cutting-edge advanced manufacturing centre on the Telford campus, while world class specialist university Harper Adams is at the forefront of technological developments in the future of food production.
Telford is being promoted globally by the Department for International Trade as a world-leading location for agri-tech research and precision farming as a high potential opportunity. This is due to the presence in Telford of Harper Adams University who are collaborating with the Council to drive growth in the agri-tech sector and supporting the brand-new science and innovation business park, which will be part of a world leading agri-tech and innovation cluster.
Transport and Travel
Telford is situated in a central location. International travel hubs are not far away, with transit times from airports of 40 minutes from Birmingham, 90 minutes from Manchester and three hours from London Heathrow.
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