As well as great personal development opportunities available through membership with the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), being part of the regional branch network is an excellent way to socialise with like-minded industry peers.
For many members of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), one of the main benefits is networking with industry professionals at local branch events, with the value of sharing knowledge, experiences and advice second to none.
The IQ branch network is at the heart of our member communities. Local branches provide opportunities to get together and meet other professionals with a view to help and support each other. Some members become volunteers, helping to arrange these events. Events are designed to share knowledge and ideas affecting quarrying and provide valuable continuing professional development (CPD). These regional blogs will focus on the people that make these branch events so worthwhile.
Home to an abundance of geological features, a rich history, and the internationally renowned Hillhead exhibition, Derbyshire boasts a thriving quarrying community that attracts visitors from all over the world. Indeed, the Buxton-based show drew a record breaking 18,655 visitors from 71 countries to last year’s exhibition, underlining its status as the world’s premier event for the mineral products, construction equipment and recycling industries.
The theme of the technical evening held at the Waterloo Inn on 7 December 2016 was Process Instrumentation in the Minerals Industry. An introduction to the event was made by Richard Yeates, Technical Sales Engineer from Underwoods Electrical Distributors UK, an electrical distributor for Siemens equipment and Denise Flanagan, the Northern Business Development Manager for Siemens in the UK.