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East Midlands Innovation - Leicester Innovation Week - Textiles Focus

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Innovation support events for businesses in the Midlands


Whether your business is a committed innovator, start-up or dipping your toe in the water, learn about funding and other help offered by Innovate UK and local support agencies.

With a focus on the Textiles Sector, this breakfast seminar will provide you with information on local and national innovation support to help you grow and scale your business.

This sector has been chosen because of its importance to the local economy and labour market.


Benefits of attending:

  • To help attendees understand where to go for innovation funding and practical advice on what is available.
  • Expert insight into future trends
  • Connect with potential collaborators
  • Access to expert business advisors.  
The events are aimed at smaller companies who do not usually look to government agencies and universities for support.
  • Understand what is required in writing a successful grant application.



8.30 Welcome and introduction: Julian Bowrey, Regional Manager, Innovate UK

9.00 Plenary session: Simon Platts, Sourcing Director, ASOS plc: Future challenges and opportunities
Local speaker TBC

10.00 – 10.45 Networking

10.45 – 12.00 Workshops

  • Planning for growth led by Leicester and Leicestershire Business Gateway
  • Innovate to grow led by Enterprise Europe Network
  • Securing Innovate UK funding led by Knowledge Transfer Network

12.00 Byron Dixon, MD Microfresh Ltd – “How I innovated to grow my company”

12.15 Next steps and close