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Solent Innovation 2012 Event

20 July 2012. Eastpoint Centre, Southampton.
In partnership with the Business Solent. More information


Solent Innovation 2012

Solent Innovation 2012

Business University Partnerships and Business Solent were pleased to have hosted the successful Solent Innovation 2012 event on Friday 20th July at the Eastpoint Centre, Southampton.

Friday 20th July, 8:30am - 3pm at the Eastpoint Centre, Burgoyne Road, Southampton (SO19 6PN)

The Solent Innovation 2012 event highlighted opportunities for local SMEs and universities to engage in mutually beneficial partnerships in the Solent region. The presentations identified the current landscape, opportunities and potential partnerships available for innovative businesses.

Justin Steele-Davies from the National HE STEM Programme introduced the event and aligned the activity with current Higher Education [HE] initiatives addressing the STEM sector current and future workforce.

Mark Hoban, the Member of Parliament for Fareham and Financial Secretary to the Treasury, delivered the keynote address providing a regional perspective for delegates.

The first session provided speakers with an opportunity to discuss the current landscape for innovative companies.Sally Lynskey, CEO from Business Solent addressed current and future skills requirements required by businesses based in the Solent. Graham Snape from the UKTI identified innovation and export opportunities for potential high growth businesses. Arthur op den Brouw finished the first session with a Q&A session and brief summary.

The second session looked at solutions provided by some of the supporting organisations within the region. Dr Jonathan Williams, CEO from Marine South East provided successful case studies highlighting the benefits of collaboration and the importance of the knowledge economy in the region. Patrick Lee from Grant Thornton spoke on behalf of the Manufacturing Advisory Service [MAS] defining the many ways they support businesses within the region. Arthur op den Brouw from Business & University Partnerships with the help of the Natwest bank, provided some comprehensive and lively discussion on the role banks play in supporting innovation. Dr Sarah Duckering from Purple Door at the University of Portsmouth explained how unversity engagements can be successful highlighting many opportunities available to business.

Luke Lyons from Business & University Partnerships rounded off the event looking at the Business & University Partnerships offer to both business and higher education. In particular, service provision and delivery, with the help of the partners will achieve results that are of mutual benefit to the business community and higher education.

The event concluded with optional one-to-one surgeries with key advisors, lunch and networking with industry colleagues.

From the day

To access the presentations or speeches from the day please contact Business Solent Events Team on or call 023 8068 2520.

Images taken during the event will follow shortly.

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