BEEAs Extends Entry Deadline to November

The British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) has extended the deadline for entries to midnight on Friday 13th November.

Submissions can be entered into any of 11 categories, including Start-Up and Design Engineer of the Year. Entries will be assessed by an independent panel of judges drawn from a cross-section of electronic and engineering design disciplines. 

The BEEAs has been providing a place for celebration of the most innovative design engineers in the UK since 2009. Paul Fanning, Editorial Director, Mark Allen Business, says: “The awards provide a showcase for and celebration of the most innovative design engineers in the UK. Hundreds of engineers, firms and teams have been recognised over these years.”

The extended deadline certainly reflects the uncertainty of the COVID situation, with the awards event now taking place on Friday 26th March 2021 at the Landmark Hotel, London. At Napier, we are pleased to see the awards will still be going ahead, and looking forward to celebrating some of the most innovative design engineers in the UK next year. 

To submit an entry, register here and complete the online submission process.

SPS 2020 Moves to a Virtual Event

In an unsurprising move, SPS 2020 has moved from a real to a virtual event.

As the leading event for Smart Production Solutions, organizers Mesago Messe Frankfurt felt the show could not proceed as planned under current hygiene and social distancing regulations.

“SPS is characterized by intensive technical discussions and the exchange between exhibitors and visitors. Unfortunately, we currently hardly see any possibility of making this possible on-site in the usual way,” said Sylke Schulz-Metzner, Vice President SPS.

The virtual SPS Connect event will take place from November 24th to 26th 2020. The focus will be on connecting exhibitors and visitors, manufacturers and users, as well as a varied program of lectures on current industry topics.

With the help of AI, SPS Connect will offer access to an innovative form of matchmaking that will allow exhibitors and professional attendees to engage in in-depth discussions about the latest developments and trends in automation technology. The platform will also remain available after the event.

The event program will include product presentations from exhibitors, keynotes, expert talks, and podium discussions related to politics, business, and industry. These will be followed by live Q&A sessions that will give attendees the chance to join the conversation and pose their questions directly to the speakers.

For more information and to discover how you can attend, please click here. 

Hannover Messe Goes Digital to Beat COVID

With the world’s largest trade show cancelled because of the pandemic, organizers of Hannover Messe took the event online to ensure it could still showcase the latest innovations. Taking place from 14-15 July, Hannover Messe Digital Days was judged a great success, attracting 10,000 registered participants and 50,000 views.

A comprehensive program of presentations and panel discussions saw participation from 200 speakers and 100 companies. With a focus on Industrial Transformation, the event brought together all the latest topics in the industry, including Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, 5G, and smart logistics.

There was also a distinct theme of how we innovate to deal with the ‘new normal’, with several presentations looking at subjects such as decentralized working, design and simulation from the home office, business continuity in a time of crisis and the future of work itself.

One of the messages of the event was that COVID-19 was accelerating digitalization in industry and that agile working will become ever more important.

There was also a ‘WomenPower’ stream, with numerous presentations and discussions looking at how women could build their careers and make their presence felt in technology industries.

Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Messe AG, says: “We made history with the HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days, demonstrating impressively that we can also organize digital events. For us as a trade fair organizer, this is an important step forward towards hybrid events. With our high level of trade fair expertise, our digital know-how and our content-related expertise, we are ideally prepared for a fresh start after the crisis.

“In the future, we will digitally extend the content of HANNOVER MESSE or address individual trends or topics with digital formats. The content of the Digital Days will continue to be available online and promote networking between companies and visitors.”

All presentation content is available online at


Food Industry Events Rescheduled to March

With COVID still very much with us, it’s unsurprising that two more industry events have been postponed. Originally scheduled for October 2020, the Appetite for Engineering event and the Food Processing Awards have both been rescheduled for 31st March 2021, joining a long list of similar events.

Postponement rather than outright cancellation will allow delegates to benefit from the event while remaining safe. According to Trevor Southerden, event manager for Appetite for Engineering: “We have taken this step following consultation with our stakeholders - we believe it is the best course of action due to the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“This new date will allow us to provide the best possible environment for both delegates and sponsors to network and share learnings and insights, in a safe and secure manner.”

The deadline for entries for the Food Processing Awards has been extended to 30 September 2020, with the winners to be announced at an awards dinner on the evening of 31 March 2021.

“We believe that moving the date of the event will allow our finalists and attendees to enjoy all the benefits of taking part in the event and celebrating their success in front of their peers and colleagues,” adds Southerden.

As well as the postponed 2020 events, both 2021 events will also take place as scheduled next year, in October 2021.

A Day in the Life of a Copywriter

As part of our ‘day in the life’ blog series, Kevin Tasker, Copywriter at Napier provides insight into how he joined Armitage, (now Napier) and the activities and responsibilities of his role. 

For me, the lockdown hasn’t been such a wrench – over the years, I had become well accustomed to the 10-second commute and at the end of the day, switching off the machine and already being home. Back then, working from home, or WFH as it’s now known, wasn’t so common.

How I came to start my role at Napier was also a little unusual. After completing my engineering degree, I graduated with impeccable timing in the middle of a recession. Time to think again – I had always enjoyed writing and decided to give it a go professionally.

I spent a week volunteering at the local newspaper, attending the magistrates’ court and interviewing people about lost cats. Spells at an agency in Covent Garden and for a market research company helped put me on the right path and in what seemed like no time at all, I found myself working for Beddington’s leading media relations agency.

In my time at the company, I have written a huge variety of things, at very different lengths – from captions and headlines, to major feature stories, video scripts, web sites, brochures and white papers. Particularly case studies – lots and lots of case studies.

And subjects? I probably know more about sewerage than is good for the average person but I have also written about robots, 5G networks, laser targeting pods for combat aircraft and the prospects for pilotless airliners – and not forgetting Mrs. Smith’s new bathroom, as installed by a water utility client.

A typical day might find me starting off by completing a press release about a new robot, then editing a blog on communications for emergency crews for the likes of Nokia or Airbus. I might then take a brief for a case study on how our client has improved a website for one of its customers, then do some research for a major new white paper intended to help place a client as a leader in its industry.

My engineering background has certainly stood me in good stead for the more technical aspects of our clients’ business – an ability to find your way around terms like power factor, PID control and dBm is a definite plus.

Then there are the more business aspects and I have needed to develop an appreciation of customer experience management, marketing platforms and NSP scores.

With more clients now than ever before, I am doing a lot more varied work and really enjoying contributing to the success of the company.

Do you Know the Difference Between your MQLs and SQLs? Try Our Definition Tool

Many of us constantly pick up new leads that might lead to new business for us, either through strategies such as inbound marketing, or by attending conferences, trade shows, and events.

But how do we sift the leads that are serious about getting help with marketing from others with only a casual interest in what we can do?

The more casual leads are known as Marketing Qualified Leads, or MQLs, while those closer to buying our services are Sales Qualified Leads or SQLs. We need to know the difference, so we can point MQLs towards more marketing material or take a more active sales approach with SQLs to convert them into real clients.

To help define who is who, we have built a tool that helps you clarify the characteristics of both MQLs and SQLs, identifying which behaviours qualify the lead for marketing or sales effort.

The tool takes you through a series of questions for each section and then provides an easy to read breakdown of your information – this defines the behavioural features you are looking for in an MQL and an SQL.

Try our MQL and SQL definition tool now, and get in touch to let us know if our tool has helped you!


WNIE Live Focuses on IoT

A series of roundtable discussions and a special focus on IoT security will be two of the major features of this year’s WNIE Live, taking place from 18th-19th September 2019.

What’s New in Electronics (WNIE) Live is a comprehensive 2-day event covering the whole spectrum of the electronics, embedded, design, manufacturing and engineering industry.

Experts from Hitex, Arm and NXP will be presenting the half-day IT security seminar on both days of WNIE Live, closing with a panel discussion.

“We are delighted to be able to work with the WNIE team to deliver a seminar that focuses on the IoT and security”, said Trevor Martin , Hitex’s Arm specialist. “With the rapid growth of cloud servers, the issue of security surrounding these latest devices is more critical than ever. Our links with other industry leaders such as NXP and Arm enables us to guide all our customers in delivering secure, agile solutions.”

WNIE Live attendees will also have the chance to hear leading industry experts give their views on the latest trends and challenges in a series of round table discussions. Topics to be covered will include Industry 4.0, AI & Robotics, 5G for Manufacturing and the skills gap.

Attendance is free of charge and the audience also has the chance to ask panelists their own questions.

The launch of this seminar coincides with the re-location of WNIE Live to Stoneleigh Park in the West Midlands.

For further information, please click here.

PCIM Europe Opens Call for Papers 2020

The PCIM Europe conference 2020 has launched its call for papers, with researchers invited to submit abstracts of their papers or posters by 15th October 2019.

PCIM Europe is the world's leading exhibition and conference for power electronics, intelligent motion, renewable energy, and energy management.

All accepted papers will be published in the PCIM Europe conference proceedings, as well as in the scientific databases of IEEExplore, Scopus, Compendex and IET Inspec Direct. Speakers can gain valuable contacts at the conference and exhibition, taking place at the same time and hosting more than 500 international exhibitors, over 800 conference attendees and around 12,000 visitors.

Winners of the Best Paper Award and three Young Engineer Awards will each receive prize money of €1,000. To encourage student participation, a Student Travel Grant Program is available to help students with the costs of attending the conference and presenting papers.

For further details and conditions about the “Call for Papers”, please visit the conference website.