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Award winning JCB features at Staffordshire Business Festival 2019

JCB’s award winning first electric digger has been on display at the annual Saffordshire Business Festival.

The event which is run by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce is being held over two days (November 5 & 6) at Keele University's at new Smart Innovation Hub. 

This year’s festival focuses on clean growth, sustainability and well-being and sees a range of workshops and seminars to take part in.

Visitors will get the opportunity to see this impressive digger, which is the industry’s first fully electric mini excavator.

The digger has just won the RAC's Dewar Trophy for ‘Outstanding Technical Achievement in the British Automotive Industry’- one of the most prestigious award in the automotive sector.

Developed at JCB’s World Headquarters in Staffordshire and built at JCB Compact Products in Cheadle, Staffordshire, the digger has impressive eco credentials.

Using leading automotive battery technology, it delivers all the performance of a conventional diesel-powered 1.9-tonne mini excavator while being a staggering five times quieter than its diesel counterpart.

In addition, with zero emissions it is perfect for working inside buildings, factories, tunnels or basements as well as outdoors in emissions and noise-sensitive inner-city areas.

At the launch yesterday, the opening speech was given by Georg Ell, CEO of the digital company Smoothwall and the former Western Europe Director at Tesla, talking about his experience in working for digital and sustainable businesses.

Sara Williams, CEO of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, said: “We’re delighted to be showcasing JCB’s innovative electric digger at the Staffordshire Business Festival. Sustainable business is a key focus for the Chamber and it’s great to see businesses in the county such as JCB taking a lead on developing eco-friendly products and initiatives.”

The Chambers of Commerce report two hundred delegates attended the first day of the festival, which saw workshops on a variety of topics from sustainable marketing to how businesses can respond to the global climate crisis at a local level.

Day two of the festival sees a focus on people and the importance of talent, wellbeing and training within business.

It opens with a keynote speech by Kate Beardmore of Synectics Solutions. Sessions on day two include speed networking for social good, wellbeing within the workplace, and a mental health workshop.

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