A TOP Bromsgrove firm is set showcase its expertise at an international business gathering.

Design and technology specialist, HME Technology, based at Saxon Park, is to exhibit at BETT 2014, which takes place at the ExCeL Centre in London's Docklands from Wednesday, January 22 to Saturday, January 25.

The annual trade show aims to turn the spotlight on the use of computer technology in education and inspire youngsters into the sector.

HME Technology, which supplies schools across the country and overseas, is recognised for its development of ‘gas safe’ heat treatment systems and is the leading British manufacturer of design and technology equipment for training workshops.

Martyn Hale, chairman and founder of the business, who is attending the event along with other members of the company’s executive team, said: “BETT is the global meeting place for the education technology community, bringing together 35,000 educators and learning professionals.

“It is the best way to see the latest inspirational technology and innovative solutions so HME Technology can further shape and improve the way people learn from the classroom to the boardroom.

“We will be focussing on products that machine plastics, wood and metal.

“In colleges, universities and industry we offer a complete service from design through to equipment training for tutors.

“But, being a British family-run company, we are aware that the key word is affordability. So our machines are supplemented by both EU and global names of repute, offering the best value without compromising on quality.”

The exhibition will be opened by education secretary Michael Gove and Mr Hale hopes this will further galvanise public support for design and technology.

“We need many more school pupils to embrace design and technology given the current disconnect between high youth unemployment and the massive demand for skilled labour as recently demonstrated by Jaguar Land Rover’s difficulties in finding the right recruits for the hundreds of new jobs in the Midlands created as part of its massive expansion,” added Mr Hale.

Founded in 1984, HME Technology products include forges, brazing hearths, furnaces, welding tables, fume extraction systems, kilns, woodworking equipment, wood dust extraction systems and metal finishing. It also supplies fume cupboards and ventilation systems for science departments.