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Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, is visiting this year’s Tec 66 event on 27th October to support the town’s emerging high-tech industries.

The MP was invited to the event by Labour’s parliamentary candidate, Sarah Owen, who’s been campaigning for high quality, high-tech jobs in Hastings & Rye to ensure people do not have to move away to progress their careers.

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Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions will be attending this years Tec 66 event in Hastings.

Hastings has one of the UK’s main clusters of ultra-high vacuum, photonics and optics companies.

The Tec 66 exhibition showcases the latest high-tech innovations with many local manufacturers involved. It’s held at Sussex Coast College, where a high vacuum technology course was recently set up.

Rachel and Sarah will meet exhibitors and local business developers to find out what extra support they need to help the industry expand.

Sarah said: “I’m really excited to be taking our Work & Pensions Shadow Minister to Tec 66. We desperately need to break the trap of this low wage economy in Hastings & Rye and start creating decent jobs for the future-the kind of jobs you’d be proud for your children or yourself to work in.

“These are the sorts of high tech, high quality jobs found in the industries involved with Tec 66 and I will continue to support them to have a future in our local economy.”

Following the success of Tec 66 2013, the management team for the conference and exhibition  have decided to make Tec 66 2014 and all events thereafter an annual event and expect it to become one of the premier vacuum exhibitions & conferences across Europe.


Tec 66 2014 at Sussex Coast College

Along with the annual event they have also decided to have the event at Sussex Coast College who are already developing bespoke vacuum technology training courses for the industry.

This years event will definitely have an international feel to it as they are currently in discussions with companies in Dubai and the United States as well as other European countries to attend.

Key speakers from the industry and academia are currently being approached along and so far Maggie Aderin-Pocock has been confirmed and we will have more news on additional speakers for the event soon for you.

In the meantime you can register for the event by emailing Jim Christy (email address here). The email address is the same for those that may want to exhibit.

Tec 66 2014 is on the 27th October 2014.

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.