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Smarter innovation to drive growth: a business support event

Event details
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
8:30 am – 16:00 pm
Innovation can be the catalyst for the growth and success of your business


Business innovation can be the implementation of new ideas, creating dynamic products or improving existing services. Innovation can be the catalyst for the growth and success of your business, helping you adapt and grow in the UK and global marketplace.

However, we understand that knowing what support is available to your business and how to access this can often be confusing to navigate, especially for smaller companies. Innovate UK has come together with the Sheffield City Region local enterprise partnership to offer a free one day event for the Yorkshire business community, particularly those businesses in South Yorkshire together with organisations that support business innovation; to help delegates learn more about what assistance is out there.

The recent ‘Made Smarter’ review estimates that the positive impact of faster innovation and adoption of digital technology could be as much as £455 billion for UK manufacturing over the next decade, creating a conservative net gain of 175,000 jobs throughout the economy and enabling more efficient, and cleaner production systems. Thus, in addition the event will also explore and discuss the opportunities that adoption of digital technologies will present to businesses.

So come along to hear about how these opportunities will support your business and to learn about what help and guidance is available both nationally and locally, and how to access it.

Aims of the event

To help participants:

• Understand where to go for funding to support innovation
• Know who to approach for support in accessing funding
• Meet and network with other businesses and organisations
• Connect with potential collaborators and research partners
• Understand what is required in writing a successful grant application
• Learn about the opportunities that digital technologies may unlock for your business.

Who should Attend?

Yorkshire businesses (especially SMEs) and ‘supporting actors’.


We are offering limited places to innovative businesses who wish to exhibit at this event. If you wish to apply for a table top space please email for details.

Programme (subject to change)

8.30am: Registration, refreshments and networking. Register here

09.30am: Opening address and welcome

·      Opening address and introduction to Sheffield City Region – Gordon Macrae, Gripple

·      What is today about? Lee Viney, Innovate UK Regional Manager

10:00 am National support: Current competition calls overview – Dean Cook, Head of Regional Engagement, Innovate UK
10:30 am Local support available through the Growth Hub Speaker TBC
11:00 am Tea/Coffee Break
11:30 am Case studies from innovative businesses from the region
12:00 pm Navigating the opportunities: who to talk to for business support

Facilitated Panel Discussion: Navigating the support landscape with representatives from Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Network, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Enterprise Europe Network, Growth Hub and local Universities.

Chair – David Wilkes, Deputy Director ‘CONNECT’, Innovate UK.

12:30 pm Closing plenary – McLaren Automotive (Title and speaker TBC)
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Workshop sessions

Parallel Streams 2:00-3:00pm
Room 1: Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP2) and Pitch In – To be led by Sheffield City Region LEP, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield
Room 2: Grant Writing Masterclass –  2 x half hour sessions – To be led by KTN and EEN
Room 3: Mini Surgeries – Regional support initiatives available to businesses: Growth hub, EEN, Catapult, University KE staff, KTN.

Note delegates need to register to attend the surgeries. 10 min time slots for a one-to-one session with support partners will be allocated

For more information about this event please contact our sector lead
Yvonne Armitage
Bioeconomy Specialist