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The first conference for the award winning social enterprise, WayfinderWoman, will be held on April 22 at the East Sussex National. This supports women and young girls wishing to find volunteering opportunities, enter the workplace, pursue careers or successfully set up businesses.

The half-day conference aims to help businesses reflect on their recruitment and working practices in order to access a wealth of unrecognised talent to help them grow and increase their bottom line.

Designed with women and businesses in mind, the conference is open to all and aims to inspire and help organisations to develop.

At the event there will be seven speakers who will talk about their stories of regional, national and international success to an audience of 160+. There will also be time for networking and lunch.

The speakers are as follows:

  • Nus Ghani, Wealden MP talking about her time training women under fire in Kabul
  • Julia Barfield, entrepreneur responsible for getting the London Eye built and finalist for the global Stirling Prize
  • Penny Mallory, world champion Rally Cross driver
  • Anji Hunter, Special Adviser to Edelman, the largest PR company in the world & Head of Communications to Tony Blair’s government
  • Penina Shepherd, MD of multi-award winning Acumen Business Law who will be talking about following your passion
  • Daryl Gayler, Regional MD of RBS
  • Katy Bourne, Sussex PCC and ex-businesswoman who built her business up from scratch and sold it on

Tickets are £40 per person and can be booked here.

There are also a limited number of sponsorship packages available.


There are only three days to go until the start of Tec 66 at the Sussex Exchange, if you are going to the main conference and exhibition on Monday 16th September and haven’t already registered yet then you need to go to the registration page on the Innovation Centres website here.

The full program of talks, demonstrations and activities can be seen on the Business In Hastings Tec 66 page here and for a full exhibitor list please visit our previous news piece here.

You can also register for Tec 66 on the day at the Sussex Exchange.


Tec 66 Conference & Exhibition Comes to Hastings

The stunning new conference facility, the Sussex Exchange Conference Centre, Queensway, Hastings will be host to this Ultra High Vacuum/Vacuum & Photonics Technology event on Monday 16th September 2013.

Hastings and East Sussex have established themselves as a global centre for high technology companies, and Tec 66 will promote the many companies now based in the area, raise awareness of this thriving sector and feature a number of valuable industry expert workshops.

Science television presenters Maggie Philbin and Maggie Aderin-Pocock will both lead sessions for delegates at the Sussex Exchange Conference Centre and for Hastings, Rother and Wealden students at Sussex Coast College to excite young people about careers in Science and Engineering locally.

The Tec 66 Conference follows on from Hastings famous Seafood & Wine Festival weekend on 14th and 15th September 2013. A pre-conference reception will be held for delegates at the Jerwood Gallery at 5.00pm on Sunday 15th September which has been named as one of the ten best examples of architecture in 2012, cementing its position as an emblem of Hastings’ famously world class culture.

The Vacuum business cluster was created as a result of  Hastings local manufacturing company, VG Scienta, based in Castleham Industrial Estate in St Leon­ard’s. They have just celebrated their 50 year anniversary in the de­sign and manufacture of Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) compo­nents and custom systems. A strong local employer of 140 with global supply to research laboratories and industrial part­ners, VG Scienta has remained at the forefront of science sup­plying cutting edge technology for vacuum applications.

The Tec 66 conference celebrates the success of this high technology cluster and will be officially opened by Graham Peters High Sheriff of East Sussex DL who also chaired the SME Commission. Tec 66 will be chaired by Brighton based technology champion Lord Bassam alongside Maggie Philbin (acclaimed presenter of Bang Goes the Theory, Inside Out and Tomorrow’s World for BBC One) and leading space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, MBE who is currently working on the James Webb Space Telescope (the replacement for Hubble)!

Ever since Hastings & Bexhill  based John Logie Baird produced the world’s first television image the town has been synonymous with high technology, innovation and invention and there will be a number of technology workshops run throughout the exhibition.

Businesses may book a stand at the Innovation Centre website and if you are a visitor wanting more information, please go to the Innovation Centre website’s Tec 66 page.