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Bigger and better.

Organisers of IT Works 2006, the North's Largest Business Technology Show, is shaping up to be a record-breaking birthday celebration for the exhibition's 10th anniversary next week.

The event, which is taking place at Newcastle United's St James's Park on June 14 and 15, will feature even more attractions than last year to showcase the region's rapidly increasing IT industry, with big private and public sector names signed up to exhibit and speak at the event.

The 2005 exhibition boasted delegates and companies from across Europe and this year is set to be an even bigger success. Names such as Hewlett Packard, IBM, BT and Adit are just some of the companies involved with IT Works 2006.

The event has a comprehensive seminar programme across the two-day period as well as attracting 70 exhibitors showing up-to-the-minute innovative technology for both private and public sector businesses.

From international companies and regional support to new business and record-breaking new technology, IT Works 2006 has got the lot.

Using IT Works as a platform for success, Newcastle-based Jade Integration will be the world's first company to publicly unveil the "Jack PC" ( a computer so small it fits in the space of a common network wall port.

Accompanying Jade Integration with a first is Silver Cat New Media Design.

The Teesside-based Silver Cat, owned and managed by Tony Silvester, will be exhibiting for the first time at IT Works in order to raise the profile of the company throughout the North-East and to gain contacts on a national and international basis.

Vincent Woods, managing director of Benchmark Communications, the company behind IT Works, said: "This is the 10th IT Works and it promises to be the biggest and best yet. In the 10 years we have been staging it, it has grown to become the North's premier IT and business technology event. The show is a regional, national and international event, with ever increasing numbers."

Regardless of the increasing success of IT Works, the event is still free to register for. Pre-registration on-line is available for delegates and each visitor will be issued with a smartcard name badge prior to the event. This up-to-the-minute, microchip technology, developed by Sunderland based local government partnership, Trust Services Infrastructure, provides an electronic business card, which enters visitors into prize draws, and provides quick and easy registration on arrival.

A number of prize draws will be taking place throughout the event, including the chance to win a complete set of digital photography equipment, with innovative technology from the gold medallist of the British Invention of the Year Awards, Iris Magnaview. Exhibitors also have a number of competitions for delegates to enter when they visit stands, including some with a World Cup flavour.

Also available on-line is registration for all seminars, including the European Forum Conference sponsored by Adit, IT Works' main sponsor.

This half-day programme includes sessions and case studies from companies such as Northern Grid, Lincolnshire County Council and Easynet, covering topics such as IT costs and productivity in the workplace.

The programme also offers a seminar with the Centre for Strategic Alliances that will provide first-hand information on how other organisations, including Deloitte and Ward Hadaway, have entered international markets ( attracting foreign companies to the event.

CSA marketing officer Katie Wray said: "As a business support organisation, IT Works has always been a success for us to identify new opportunities in the ICT sector. To boost these opportunities further, the City Technology Office has added an international element to IT Works 2006 by inviting 11 Polish IT-based companies to build on the huge success of the event."

Other companies speaking on the seminar programme include, IBM and BT. BizNet one-to-one meetings are also available, giving delegates the opportunity to pre-diarise appointments with exhibitors to ensure availability and maximise time.

Vincent added: "This year's IT Works has so much going on. The seminar programme is more extensive than in previous years with a high calibre of speakers lined up. This is definitely the best yet for IT Works with the smartcards and BizNet one-to-ones ensuring delegates get the most out of the event."

* For more information, visit www.iloveitworks.com email jo@benchcom.co.uk or chris@benchcom.co.uk or call (0191) 241-4523.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2006
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