It costs money to innovate and grow successful businesses. Within Leicestershire and the East Midlands there is a wealth of support and funding available for companies to access. This can be for capital equipment, innovation, job creation, apprenticeships and growth capital. Learn about the funding and support available to businesses in Charnwood and the East Midlands area and connect with some of the key organisations that can help you find the right funding for your business.
“A Wealth of Opportunity” is an informal networking event to be held at the Organ Grinder in Loughborough on Thursday the 7th of November where you can talk to a number of key business support organisations.
Sam Stephens, Director of TBAT Innovation will provide an update on funding from Innovate UK and HMRC R&D Tax Credits
Victoria Patel, Project Leader in Innovation at Medilink East Midlands will cover the support available under the ERDF-funded SOLSTICE programme for Life Science companies in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Jeff Mallows, Senior Business Advisor at innovate2succeed will talk about the innovate2succeed programme and how it can help you nurture innovation more effectively, rapidly commercialise concepts, and grow your bottom line,
Shannon Stodd, Innovation Fellow for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, will highlight the opportunity to identify and overcome your business challenges. Find out how to access world-leading expertise and facilities at the University of Leicester through Free Innovation Projects via the Leicester Innovation Hub.
This event, organised by LATi in partnership with inCharnwood, is open to all businesses – from SMEs to larger enterprises.
It will be particularly valuable for those who are searching for new sources of funding, are looking to expand their businesses, or wish to set up business in the region, as well as heads and senior decision makers of high-tech and scientific businesses including:
· Advanced manufacturing and engineering
· Life sciences, biosciences and healthcare
· Sports science and sports technology
· Space and satellite technology
· Low carbon industry
· Professional services
· Business support
· Funding support
Funding experts experienced in working with Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and High-Tech will be attending and speaking at this networking event.
Attendees will get the opportunity to:
· Meet with industry peers and talk about business topics that matter to you
· Make useful business connections
· Find out about support available for businesses
· Discover new business funding options
· Create new collaboration opportunities
· Be part a vibrant business community
· Highlight your own activities, to network, share knowledge, and establish synergies.
5.30pm Networking and refreshments
6pm Welcome – Chris Grace, inCharnwood
6.10pm Innovate UK and R&D Tax Credits
6.25pm ERDF-funded SOLSTICE programme
6.40pm innovate2succeed programme
6.55pm University of Leicester Innovation Projects
7.10pm Interactive session
InCharnwood is an initiative by Charnwood Borough Council, which has been developed to market the area to businesses and attract inward investment to create a stronger local economy. [email protected]
LATi, a thriving networking group for people who work in high-tech, science and engineering, was established in Loughborough in 1996 as a ‘science park without walls’. Today, the not-for-profit provides networking and business support for companies and individuals involved in the innovative use of science and technology. http://lati.org.uk/ @LATILtd