FIRMS supplying products and services to the water and waste water industries in Yorkshire and Humber are getting a boost with the re-launch of the Water Industry Forum.

The Huddersfield-based forum aims to develop business opportunities for companies in the water and waste water sector, provide support with advice on new legislation and help businesses capitalise on emerging technologies.

WIF, which is supported by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, will also help members in the areas of export, innovation and product development.

WIF director Peter Drake, who has extensive commercial and technical experience of the water industry, said: “My first few months in the role have been about understanding what companies in the sector need from the Water Industry Forum.

“As a result of this research, we have been able to identify the key services that members will value most and the key topics for workshops and seminars.

“Unsurprisingly, identifying new business opportunities is their top priority.”

WIF will help firms by enhancing and upgrading its member services to include Meet the Buyer opportunities and networking events looking at industry developments.

There will also be re-launch discounts and incentives available for both new and existing members.

Jim Farmery, assistant director of Business at Yorkshire Forward, said: “The water and waste water sector in the region is the second largest sub-sector within the environmental technologies sector in terms of numbers of companies, employees and turnover.

“Yorkshire Forward supports the forum as there are huge opportunities for growth either through export to developing countries or innovation in response to the global challenges facing the water industry.”

WIF is starting as it means to go on with a full programme for its re-launch event tomorrow at Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford.

The day will include a “Quick Wins” workshop, exhibition and a presentation on future activities.

Contact Peter Drake on 01484 433204 or email info@water for further information.