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Business Opportunities And Collaborative Funding In Sustainable Development

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  • Business opportunities and collaborative funding in sustainable development Matt Bench, BDM- Environment Alison Tetteh-Wright, BDM West Sussex Business Services
  • Business sectors: low carbon economy
    • Drivers- legislation, regulation, cost, supply chain
    • Sustainability of buildings
    • Renewable energy and energy efficiency
    • Resource recovery and resource efficiency
    • Sustainable Transport
  • Business sectors: sustainable development
    • Earth
    • Environment
    • Biodiversity
    • Society
    • Key environmental goods and services sectors market value of £25 billion, projected £46 billion by 2015
  • World markets
  • Business opportunities
    • Many main stream companies need to comply with legislation and regulations- market worth £3.5 billion p.a. by 2010
    • Businesses under pressure to green & improve ethical elements of supply chain
    • Eg packaging/ bags - uncertainty about which materials to support- reusable plastics, biodegradable, or natural fibres (jute, cotton etc)
    • No definitive answers to the dilemmas- opportunities for research and consultancy
  • Business opportunities
    • Business wants to work with academia
      • highly experienced, impartial expertise
      • interest and energy around the topic
      • new sources of funds and potential for industrial collaboration- supports work which would otherwise go un-funded
    • Work needs to be of high quality, likely to be supporting investment decisions which jobs depend, fast turn-around, protect IP
      • from an initial proof of concept project and progress through to a high value project supported by Government funds
  • Funding opportunities
    • Funding Sources: Interreg, FP7, DFID; Dti; Carbon Trust; EPSRC, Seeda; WRAP, Defra; Natural England; Landfill Tax, Local Authorities….
    • Key Message: BSO collaborates to support project development
      • Had success with CommercialiSE, SEEDA, Interreg, EPSRC Case…
  • Summary
    • Considerable opportunities flowing from the sustainable development agenda
    • Innovation is key- benefits from a truly interdisciplinary approach
    • Eg Nano-clean (other eg- biofuels need engineers, chemists and ecologists regarding environmental sustainability)
    • BSO role also strategic- identifying markets and innovations and fielding to academic experts, helping to build consortia
  • Sussex Business Services Team
    • Senior BDM Sussex – Anjuu Trevedi
      • West Sussex BDM – Alison Tetteh-Wright
        • Deana Ward (Brighton & Hove, Crawely)
        • Nick Rodger (Coastal West Sussex, Crawley)
      • East Sussex BDM – to be appointed
        • Karey Blackhouse (Hastings)
        • Geoff Smith (Eastbourne)
        • Judith Badger (Social Enterprises, Crawley)
    • Work with colleagues to develop commercial opportunities for the University with partners, businesses and communities in East and West Sussex, and Brighton & Hove, and manage delivery of ProfitNet.
  • The Local Businesses we are in touch with:
    • Monthly, direct contact with around 500 small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) through ProfitNet
      • 33 action learning networks, agenda is member driven
      • Social enterprises, creative industry, engineering and manufacturing, sustainable construction, start-ups, professional services, fashion, marine technologies, Hospitality and Tourism
      • Creativity workshops and 1:1 support with teaching and research staff, partners and other businesses
    • Individual company contact eg Royal Sun Alliance, Manhattan Furniture, Glaxo Smith Kline, B&W, Banks
      • Long term relationships providing many engagement opportunities
        • Student placements, KTP’s, Continuing professional development, Knowledge Exchange, Consultancy and Research
  • The External Partners we are engaging with:
    • SEEDA: eg Inward investment managers (East and West Sussex), and the South East Sustainable Energy Partnership
    • Local Authorities eg: Economic Development officers, Sustainability officers, politicians (County and District)
    • Enterprise Hubs and Gateways (Gatwick Diamond, Adur)
    • Business Links, Sussex Enterprise
    • Sustainable Business Partnerships
    • Further Education colleges
    • Occasional requirements for consultancy and collaborative research
  • Who do we work with internally?
    • Faculty/School Business Development Managers
      • Science and Engineering (David, Zoe, Matt, Peter)
      • Arts and Architecture (Ronke)
      • Midwifery (Victoria)
      • Management and Information Sciences (Amrit, Cliff, Gilly)
    • Project specific BDM’s
      • Beepurple (Claire)
      • International/EU (Fran)
      • CommercialiSE (Colin)
    • Business information manager (Bruno)
    • IP and commercial contracts manager (Ronit)
    • Business Services Information Desk (Jen)
    • Collaborative Training Centre (CPD courses, KTP’s and student placement)
    • CUPP
    • Lecturers and Research Fellows (through School BDM’s)
    • Senior Management Team
  • Sustainable Development Opportunities for Lecturers and Researchers
    • SD Related Consultancies:
      • Driven by specific businesses, partners and projects (ie ProfitNet), based on their needs and finance
      • Examples: Strategy planning/market research/risk analysis
    • Integrated sustainable development research:
      • Projects devised within the University
      • Projects that are driven by demand from outside i.e. research council calls
      • These generally require a range of collaborations:
        • Public sector partners, businesses, and multiple disciplines
        • Experienced project management
  • How BDM’s can help
    • Consultancies:
      • Sussex Business Services team picking up and qualifying opportunities
      • Manage the relationship with the businesses and partners (setting expectations, organising meetings and events)
      • Contract negotiation
    • Research:
      • Securing partnerships in support of projects
      • Managing proposal development inputs
      • Scoping and costing
      • Contract negotiation
    • Commercialising IP and spin-outs:
      • Business planning support
      • We have commercial experience and a broad base of business and partner contacts and are driven to help you extend your social and economic engagement
  • West Sussex – employees by industrial sector