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Business Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Project


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An overview of the specialist consultancy support available from Cornwall College and the Marine Innovation Service. …

An overview of the specialist consultancy support available from Cornwall College and the Marine Innovation Service.

Presented by Deborah Bennetts at the Marine Conference 2013.

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  • 1. Access Funding to Develop Your Business Deborah Bennetts Knowledge Exchange Manager Cornwall College/Marine Innovation Service
  • 2. What is the Marine Innovation Service? • The Marine Innovation Service (MIS) provides technical support to the marine industry in the following areas: • Marine technology • Materials/ Processing - particularly composite materials (resin infusion and closed-mould processes) • Design and prototyping – support with CAD/CAM, CNC and prototype development • Marine Science • Support essentially provides access to facilities, expertise (1:1) and workshops/ events
  • 3. Business Benefits: Bespoke projects to… • • • • • • • Develop new/ improved products Tackle existing/ future challenges Open up new opportunities Access new technologies Enhance systems, processes & production techniques Improve business performance and profitability Gain competitive advantage
  • 4. Case Study 1: Composite Integration
  • 5. Composite Integration: Dinghy Pattern • Project: collaboration on design of 3m dinghy to be built in closed-mould FRP processes. • Design brief set by MIS Manager in consultation with Stephen Leonard-Williams (CI). • Designed by second year engineering diploma students at Falmouth Marine School. • Dec 12 - Pattern work and first mould completed at the Marine School. • Outcomes - refinement of resin infusion processes, materials testing, demos and collaborative training.
  • 6. Case Study 2: Cornish Crabbers
  • 7. Cornish Crabbers - Crabber 12: Small Scale Resin Infusion • Project: to resin infuse a new 12ft dinghy hull. • Project management plan - key activities, timeframes and milestones. • Workshop-based, practical resin infusion session for the Cornish Crabbers project team. • MIS team and Composite Integration Ltd provided hands-on support to infuse the first hull at the company premises in Rock. • Outcomes - first voyage Dec 11, launched at London Boat Show January 12.
  • 8. Case Study 3: Multimarine Manufacturing
  • 9. Multimarine: Rapier 550 Large Scale Resin Infusion • Project: to support with the first large scale resin infusion at the company premises (kit and expertise*). • Hand mixing impractical - surface area of 285m2 (larger than a tennis court). • 7 hours to complete, 4 barrels of resin/hardener - 800kg of epoxy resin. • Outcomes: the largest multihull to be infused in this way. • The Broadblue Rapier 550 will be one of the most high performance production cruising boats in its class. *Alex Whatley (MIS), Will Harris & Stephen Leonard Williams (Composite Integration)
  • 10. How is MIS funded? • SWIAP – South West Innovation Accelerator Project • We often refer to our MIS activities as BIKE – Business Innovation and Knowledge Exchange • Delivery is 100% funded* by the European Regional Development Fund through the Convergence Programme for Cornwall & IoS. *subject to business eligibility and availability of funding – project ends June 2015
  • 11. University Expertise College Expertise Graduates Business Finance Where Does MIS Fit? National Innovation Funding Local Innovation Funding Coaching/ Wider Business Support Skills & Quals
  • 12. MIS IN CONTEXT • • • College and University expertise and facilities access, supported through: National innovation funding Local innovation funding…… EMBEDDED TECHNICAL CAPBILITY Specialist Knowledge MIS events/ networking and signposting to wider programmes such as: • • • • • Business Investment for Growth (CDC) Unlocking Potential (Cornwall College/ Plymouth University) Grow Cornwall (Oxford Innovation) Export Cornwall (UKTI) Outset Cornwall & Fit for Finance (YTKO) Business Support For example : Skills • • • Higher level skills Apprenticeships Higher level apprenticeships Funded by programmes such as: • • Skills Support for the Workforce (SFA)
  • 13. Funding for Specialist Knowledge & Innovation Examples include.. - MIS/ SWIAP & similar (ERDF) - Local programmes (ERDF) - Innovation Vouchers (TSB) - Feasibility Studies (TSB) - Business Innovation Fund (ERDF) - Collaborative R & D (TSB) - Research (ESF) - SMART (TSB) - KTP (TSB) • Project complexity • Depth of specialism • Strategic significance (UK economy)
  • 14. Further Information For further information on how MIS, Falmouth Marine School or Cornwall College experts can work with your business contact: Deborah Bennetts Knowledge Exchange Manager 07827 895631 01209 616174 Contact details are in the delegate packs provided.