Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Vital to Get the Works on IT

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Vital to Get the Works on IT

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This summer sees one of the most important items on the North's business calendar - IT Works 2004 - an event nobody involved in information technology can afford to miss.

IT Works 2004 already promises to be bigger and better than last year's event, with 60pc of the available exhibition space booked.

The exhibition, at St James's Park on June 10 and 11, has captured the imagination of the region's IT sector and has attracted the support of the public and private sectors and the backing of the Government.

Underlining the importance of the event, not just to the region, but to the UK as a whole, communications minister Stephen Timms said: "The ICT market forms a crucial hub of the UK economy. A recent British Chamber of Commerce productivity survey showed that investment in ICT was considered to be the most important factor in improving the performance of businesses over the last five years.

"Developing new buyers in new markets is critical to UK firms increasing their productivity. This event helps deliver potential customers to firms across the North-East and helps generate international trade opportunities for the region. It all helps to make the UK a leader in e-business."

John Williams, international trade director of UK Trade and Investment, said: "UK Trade & Investment are delighted to be involved in IT Works 2004. The North-East is at the forefront of new technology and this event will follow on from the success of last year's exhibition and allow companies the chance to update their skills and knowledge and ensure they remain competitive in this fast-moving sector."

The regional development agency One NorthEast is also promoting IT Works 2004 through its regional portal and the Tyne and Wear Development Company is using the event to promote the region. …

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