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Welcome to the
Innovation Funding
and Support
Conference
Organised in Partnership with:
Supporting Partners:
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Your Agenda
Hello!
Richard Fallon
CEO of the Technology
Supply Chain
Connecting manufacturing,
engineering and technology
companies with grants, fully
funded support and new
opportunities.
Morning Agenda
08:35 We Make Innovation Happen- Jo Birch
08:45 Brandauer and Innovate UK- Rowan Crozier
09:05 Welcome Address- Richard Parker
09:15 How to Make the Most of Grants and Support
for Manufacturers- Dr Richard Fallon
09:35 STW and SPR- Prof Paul Cadman
09:50 Manufacturing Innovation and Growth Panel
10:20 Coffee Break
Morning Agenda Pt 2
10:35 SDE: Changing the World- Chris Greenough
10:50 Navigating Innovation Funding- Jon Williams
11:10 Revolutionising the Health Industry: Innovation
in Advanced Manufacturing- Melissa Snover
11:25 Innovation in Manufacturing Panel
11:55 Net Zero in Manufacturing Dr Paul Milne
12:15 Clean Futures- Harriet Muscroft and Olivia
Brown
12:30 Lunch
Jo Birch
We MAKE innovation happen
An Award-Winning Centre for Collaborative Innovation
.
Innovate UK
A Look at How a Collaborative R&D Partnership
Delivers Opportunities in Industry
• R&D landscape
• Who are Innovate UK?
• Financial model
• Case studies
• Benefits and Advice
6
R&D
Landscape for
SMEs
7
Global pandemic. Constrained cash. Brexit.
Untapped SME
talent pool.
Benefits of funded
R&D not
recognised.
Government push
to develop UK
supply chain and
technology.
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Challenges and Opportunities
How the Government Is Facilitating R&D
• Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency and exists to
accelerate the UK’s economic growth by providing
support to businesses by reducing the risk involved in
making innovative leaps.
• Innovate UK does this by providing funding for
projects which might otherwise have not been
undertaken were this funding not available. This
benefits both the company and the UK as it promotes
economic growth by facilitating the creation of new
technologies and therefore increasing business
opportunities within the UK.
• Similar endeavours are found throughout the UK such
as:
- HVM Catapult, a group of research centres
created with £140m of government funding.
- APC, a non-profit organisation which facilitates
funding to UK-based R&D Projects.
Our Collaborative
Projects With
Innovate UK
Brandauer currently has 5 different
projects receiving funding via Innovate
UK, close to £1.5 million secured so far
across all the projects.
These projects are as follows:
• CompEtE – Jaguar Land Rover
• DER – Equipmake
• Face Mask Quick Clip Tool – 3M
• Ricardo – Ricardo
• Saietta APC - Saietta
Four of which are EV, one of which is
COVID response.
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ONE OF BRANDAUER’S
LARGEST PROJECTS
BOTH FINANCIALLY
AND IN SCOPE.
USED IN THE MOTORS
OF JLR’S ELECTRIC
VEHICLES.
GRANT INCOME OF
£303,000.
DEVELOPMENT OF
OUR EV LAM
CAPABILITY.
WIDENS OUR
NETWORK IN THE EV
SUPPLY CHAIN.
DIVERSIFIES US INTO
NEW PROCESSES &
TECHNOLOGIES.
FIRST PRODUCTION
CONTRACT RFQ = £20-
30M PER ANNUM.
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CompEtE - JLR
Single Lamination Bonding Process Laminated Stack
BRANDAUER IS THE
LEAD ON THIS
PROJECT.
GIVES BRANDAUER
THE ABILITY TO
ATTRACT CUSTOMERS
FROM THE GROWING
EV MARKET (JLR &
EQUIPMAKE)
GRANT INCOME OF
£301,000.
DEVELOPMENT OF A
LAMINATION BONDNG
SYSTEM (GLUING)
THAT WILL BE UNIQUE
TO BRANDAUER AND
THE FIRST IN THE UK.
GIVES US THE
POSSIBILITY TO
BRANCH OUT BEYOND
EV MARKETS.
A CHANCE TO WORK
CLOSELY WITH
ACADEMIA TO
RESEARCH THIN
GAUGE STAMPING
LIMITS
1 YEAR PROJECT THAT
IS 40% FUNDED BY
INNOVATE UK DURING
THE PANDEMIC
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DER – HV Stacks
Rotor Stacks – Glued Bridge Gap Progression
HUGE CAPEX
RECOVERY FROM THIS
PROJECT (£000’S).
SAIETTA IS WORKING
WITH EV OEMS TO
PROVIDE BESPOKE
ELECTRIC MOTORS .
GRANT INCOME OF
£684,000.
THIS PROJECT IS
CURRENTLY IN THE
EARLY PHASES OF
PRODUCTION.
THIS PROJECT WILL
BENEFIT FROM THE
EXPERIENCE GAINED
IN THE OTHER
R&D PROJECTS.
30-MONTH PROJECT
ALLOWS FOR IN-
DEPTH PLANNING
AND PRODUCTION OF
INNOVATIVE
TECHNIQUES
ONE OF BRANDAUER’S
LARGEST PROJECTS
BOTH FINANCIALLY
AND IN SCOPE.
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Saietta
Electric Motors – Produced at Saietta
LARGEST COMPANY
TO DATE THAT
BRANDAUER HAS
WORKED WITH
THROUGH THE
COMPETE PROJECT.
FIRST PROJECT
UNDERTAKEN THAT
HELPED PRODUCE
PPE TO ALLEVIATE
SHORTAGES CAUSED
BY THE GLOBAL
PANDEMIC.
100% GRANT INCOME
OF £74,000, MAINLY
SUBSIDISING WAGES.
PAID UP FRONT
PRODUCTS ARE NOSE
CLIPS THAT ARE
USED IN FACE MASKS.
FIRST PROJECT THAT
WAS COMPLETED
SUCCESSFULLY ON
31/3/2021
GREW BRANDAUER’S
REPUTATION IN THE
MEDICAL FIELD.
PROJECT WAS 100%
FUNDED BY INNOVATE
UK
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Quick Clip
Nose Clips – Produced at Brandauer Nose Clip Application
LAID THE
GROUNDWORK FOR
FUTURE
LAMINATION
PROJECTS
PRODUCT WAS
PRODUCING AN
ELECTRIC MACHINE
THAT DELIVERS A
MAGNETIC FIELD
TO POWER A
MOTOR.
GRANT INCOME OF
£26,000.
100% THEORETICAL
INVESTIGATION INTO HIGH
VOLUME STAMPING OF
0.35MM THICK STEEL
GREW
BRANDAUER’S
REPUTATION AS A
MANUFACTURER
OF LAMINATED
ELECTRICAL STEELS
UK ALUMOTOR 2 IN
FINAL STAGES OF
APPR
THE SECOND
COMPETE PROJECT
TO BE FINISHED
SUCCESSFULLY.
70% OF THE
PROJECT FUNDED
BY INNOVATE UK.
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UK Alumotor Ricardo
Electrical Steel Laminations – Produced for Ricardo
Wider
Benefits of
Collaboration
16
Short Term
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More staff can be involved or be hired to
take on more business as soon as projects
are secured (apprentice involvement and
dedicated R&D manager).
Opportunities for more business with new
customers as Innovate UK assists in the
procurement of projects.
Grows the business’s portfolio and pushes
Brandauer to further diversify into new
revenue streams and emerging sectors.
Medium
Term
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Experience gained on projects can be carried
over to others, increasing the overall experience
level of the Brandauer team and making future
projects in the same area more efficient.
Financial boosts from Innovate UK grants gives
additional stable revenue streams (pandemic).
Job security for engineers.
Widening of networks and knowledge (academic
engagement).
Long Term
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New methods and technologies developed can be used to
secure more business from similar industries once the
projects are finished.
Gives Brandauer the edge on innovation, as the projects
allow for adaption to incoming trends, such as the rapid
uptake of EVs.
Gives access to world class project management tools and
methods.
Access to more significant funding (CAPEX - Property and
Equipment).
Growth – in new markets and territories.
R&D carries inherent risk
even with funding.
No guarantee of successful
exploitation.
Value of partnerships only
evident after project
completion.
Projects require a large
amount of time investment
(even before they are
awarded).
Blurred line between R&D
and commercial exploitation.
Being the project lead is
demanding.
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Pitfalls and Disadvantages
Advice
21
• Do not take project lead on first project.
• Ask local universities about Innovate UK
Collaborations.
• Check out the Innovate UK website –
(https://www.ukri.org/councils/innovate-uk/)
• Find a project you can be a contributor to.
• Start small (6 months-1 year).
• High risk of failure does not mean avoid.
• For biggest return - maximise cost to existing labour
and existing capital usage. Minimise external costs.
Any
Questions?
Welcome Address
from Richard Parker
Labour candidate West
Midlands Metro Mayor
and Chair of WM LFIG
How to Make the
Most of the Grants
and Support for
Manufacturers
With Dr Richard Fallon
Agenda
• The Myths and Facts About
Grants
• Where are We with Grants
• Local Grants
• Innovate UK Grants and
Loans
• Putting it All Together
Did you know there are
Tens of millions available for West Midlands:
ü Manufacturing
ü Engineering
ü Technology
and it’s being renewed.
The Myths (and Facts)
Behind Grants
Grants for Nothing or Everything
The Grants vs.
Funding
Confusion
Many
businesses
think…
I am/ We are:
• Too new
• Too small
• Too big to get a grant
There are grants for all. Most are for SMEs.
Grants
don’t cover:
Ø Start-up costs (usually)
Ø Maintenance
Ø General business
expenses
Ø Some types of
marketing
Ø Usual Professional
fees
Ø Your Pay or Wages
Ø One big exception
Grants can cover:
ü New products/ services
ü Market Development
ü Capital Expenditure
ü Office refurbishment
ü Quality Improvement
ü Coaching and consulting
ü Training
What if you want something
else?
Grant Limits
Under De Minimis, you can
receive up to £315k over 3
years.
However, under General Block
Exemption Regulations (GBER)
certain things, like grants for
R&D, are exempt.
Where are we with
grants?
1. All remaining EU
funded grants and
projects end on 30th
June 2023
2. LEPs are closed or
closing
3. Launch of Business
Growth WM
4. Launch of the Shared
Prosperity Fund
5. UK programmes
We are Mid-Flight
ü SPF (£2.6 bn) replaces
the EU Structural Funds
ü The Fund’s interventions
will be planned and
delivered by councils and
mayoral authorities
ü We have heard it will
involve helping fewer
businesses more
ü The focus is on impact
such as creating
prosperity for the area
and jobs, Levelling Up
and ROI.
Shared Prosperity Fund
Local Grants
Birmingham and Shropshire
This grant is for SMEs in the Birmingham City Council area and
across Shropshire supports:
ü Start-up (grants of £2,500 to £7,500)
ü SMEs (grants of £5,000 to £100,000)
The expectation is that most grants will be between £10,000 to
£20,000. You must create a job within 6 months for each
£10,000 grant.
Birmingham and Shropshire
ü Expanding and growing existing businesses
ü Capital investment
ü Developing new markets opportunities
ü Innovation, including new product development
ü An increase in the productive capacity of new and existing
premises through new property builds, refurbishment etc.
ü Digital projects
Coventry
Grants at 50% match for capital investment,
relocation, developing new market opportunities,
improving systems and processes.
ü Start-up grants - £2,500 - £7,500
ü SME Capital grant - £2,500 - £25,000
They also offer non-financial support for management,
business planning, IP, marketing, energy and
sustainability etc.
Warwickshire
ü Capital items only –such as plant,
machinery, equipment
ü £5k - £35k grant Available
ü Cover 30% of project costs
ü Must create jobs
ü Must have less than 50 employees
Herefordshire
50% matched grants of up to £35,000
Can be used towards:
ü Capital items that enable the business to introduce
new (to the business) technologies or processes to be
adopted
ü Plant and machinery costs
ü Equipment costs (not wheeled assets)
Sandwell
Matched grants of up to £20k to SMEs trading for over
2 years for:
ü Relocation, expansion and growth
ü Developing new market opportunities
ü Promotional activities
ü Innovation
ü Low carbon/energy efficiency/waste management
ü Improving systems and processes
ü Capital investment
Walsall
ü This is a 50% matched grant
ü Up to £25,000 in exceptional
circumstances, usually £10,000
ü Can be used for capital or revenue items
ü Not consultancy.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
ü Help you to develop your business, by solving a challenge your business is
facing and so you become more competitive and productive.
ü Part-funded by a grant. A typical KTP project delivers a package of support
valued at around £80,000 to £100,000 per year. This includes the costs of:
• The academic team and project consumables
• The associates salary,
• Mentoring, training and development as well as travel and subsistence
A KTP typically pays 67% of project costs for SMEs. 50% for large companies.
You can usually use R&D tax relief to recoup some of these costs.
Competitive Grants
Facts
ü Grants vary from £10,000 to
£5m for R&D and other costs
ü Can offer up to 100% of cost
ü Competitive
ü Regular competitions
ü Time intensive
We are seeing an increasing number of Innovate
UK grant competitions and an increase in
collaborative R&D grants
There are also grants to help companies to reduce
energy use etc. You can find everything here:
https://apply-for-innovation-
funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search
Competitions
The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF)
supports industrial sites with high energy use
transition to a low carbon future.
Grants for over £100,000 and up to:
ü £14 million for energy efficiency
ü £30 million for decarbonisation
First application window closes on Friday 19 April
2024.
Industrial Energy Transformation Fund
Ø Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’
programme. The current one closes on 24th April.
Ø It invests up to £25 million in the best game-changing
and commercially viable innovative or disruptive
ideas.
Ø Applications can come from any area of technology
and be applied to any part of the economy.
Smart Grants
If your project’s duration is 6 to 18 months:
Ø It must have total eligible project costs between £25,000
and £500,000
Ø It can be single or collaborative
If your project’s duration is 19 to 36 months:
Ø It must have total eligible project costs between £25,000
and £2 million
Ø Be collaborative
Smart Grants
Ø Labour costs
Ø Overhead costs- 20%
of labour costs or
breakdown
Ø Material costs
Ø Capital usage- cover
use of capital assets
Ø Subcontractor costs
Eligible Costs for Smart Grants
Ø Travel and subsistence
Ø Training costs
Ø Preparation of
technical reports
Ø Market assessment
Ø Licensing in new
technologies
Ø IP costs
Loans between £100,000 and £2 million for highly
innovative late-stage R&D projects. They must be in one
or more of the future economy areas:
Ø Next-Generation Digital Technologies
Ø Technology Families (advanced materials and
manufacturing; AI, electronics, photonics etc.)
Ø Net zero
Ø Health and wellbeing
Innovate UK Loans
Funded Support
1. Innovation Accelerators
2. Made Smarter
3. BEAS and Net Zero
4. Wolverhampton- ECMS and
NBI
5. Green Advantage at Aston
6. Mini-KTPs
Emerging Funded Support
Maximum Benefit
1. Set your goal
2. Break it into stages
3. Map fully funded
support
4. Map grants
5. Use KTPs for longer
support
1. Discover all the grants and
support available to your
business plus support with your
applications to ensure success.
2. Be introduced to new customers,
strategic partners and suppliers.
3. Attend our social events and
exhibit at our conferences and
briefings for free.
Join Us Today to:
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Thank You for Your Time
Dr Richard Fallon
richard@TechnologySupplyChain.co.uk
Phone: 0121 724 0701
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STW AND SPR
PRESENTATION
Prof. Paul Cadman- Group CEO of
Steps To Work and Starting Point Recruitment
Introduction
Steps To Work is an employment support charity that believes those with the biggest barriers deserve the
most help to build a better future. We help local people, many of whom face multiple barriers, find
sustainable, rewarding, and meaningful jobs.
We support unemployed residents across the West Midlands to build their confidence, gain new skills, face
their challenges and ultimately obtain secure employment and financial stability.
About Steps To Work
StepsToWorkhasgenerated
morethan£220minsocial
impactoverthelastfiveyears
We have been actively involved in supporting various
local initiatives within the community. This includes
providing essential food supplies to those in need
through our local pantry at the Community Hub.
Additionally, we have extended our support to other
organisations such as Box Smart Elite, St Basils and
Acorns Children's Hospice.
Ourimpact
Our Journey So Far...
1999 2002 2003 2005 2005
2011 2010 2009 2007 2006 2006
2006
2016 2018 2020 2020
Steps To Work
Founded
Starting Point Recruitment
Founded
Mobile JobZone
Centre
Bloxwich Employment
Shop Opens
New Deal for
Communities Launches
Prime Contractor
for New Deal
Programme
DWP Work
Programme Begins
Walsall & Caldmore
Shops Open
Future Jobs Fun
& Flexible New Deal
Darlaston Jets
Opens
Walsall Council MV
Contract Secured
Wolverhampton
Shop Opens
BBO Bridges &
Evolve Launch
DWP Work & Health
Programme Launch
Black Country Futures
Launch
WHP JETS
Begins
2021
DWP Restart
Scheme Launches
2020
Official Gateway for
DWP Kickstart Scheme
2022
Pleck Community
Hub Opened
INDUSTRIES WE COVER
EXECUTIVE & MANAGEMENT
HOSPITALITY & CATERING
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SECTOR
CUSTOMER SERVICE
MANUFACTURING &
PRODUCTION
PUBLIC SECTOR
& GOVERNMENT
@WeAreSPR_
@Startingpointrecruitment @Starting Point Recruitment
CONTACT US
TODAY
WE ARE RECRUITMENT. BUT ON A REALLY GOOD DAY
Manufacturing Innovation
and Growth Panel
Johnathan Dudley
Crowe UK
Prof Paul Cadman
STW and SPR
Jon Williams
Ryan
Gareth Jones
In-Comm Training
Coffee Break
Innovation Funding
and Support
Conference
Organised in Partnership with:
Supporting Partners:
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• Manufacturing Innovator of the Year
• Engineering Innovator of the Year
• Construction Innovator of the Year
• Net Zero Innovator of the Year
• Sustainability Innovator of the Year
• Defence Innovator of the Year
• Tech Innovator of the Year
• Health Tech Innovator of the Year
• Public Sector Innovator of the Year
• Male Innovator of the Year
• Female Innovator of the Year
• Young Innovator of the Year
• Manufacturing Innovation Champion
• Technology Innovation Champion
• Growth Innovation Champion
• Innovation Thought Leader- Organisation
• Innovation Thought Leader- Individual
• New Innovation of the Year
Nominations Open
15th March
When: Friday 8th November
Where: Eastside Rooms,
Birmingham
A Global Partner
For Intelligent
Lightweight
Solutions
Solutions which allow complex parts to be manufactured in
a single pressing - adding lightness, saving weight
and costs across a range of industry sectors.
New markets - Venturing into Defence and Aerospace
2019 – Rebrand to SDE Technology.
- First UK production license for the HFQ
process.
2022 - Successful inclusion into the National
Aerospace Technology Exploitation
Programme bid with Boeing and
the AFRC for a new hot form Titanium
process.
New technology - Revolutionizing Business with AI
- Integrating AI into our manufacturing processes for enhanced
efficiency and precision.
- Leveraging AI for market analysis and entry strategies into
defence and aerospace.
- Investing in AI driven research and development to stay ahead
of industry trends.
New ways of working - Leading with Proactivity
- Anticipating industry shifts and customer needs to stay ahead
of the curve.
- Cultivating a culture of continuous improvement and agile
response to challenges in conjunction with our AI projects.
- Fostering partnerships and collaborations to leverage
collective strengths. Joint business planning at the heart of
our daily mindset.
New direction - Charting the Future with
Confidence
- Poised for expansion into defence and aerospace, powered by
AI and innovation.
- Committed to maintaining agility and proactivity in all our
endeavours.
- Looking forward to shaping the future of UK
manufacturing on the global stage.
- Working hard through social media to raise the profile of
our sector and make sure the next generation aspire to
become the engineers of the future.
Thank you
www.sde.technology
Navigating Innovation Funding
Jon Williams / Senior Director, Grants / Ryan
Ryan provides
trusted, up-to-date
and expert advice in
evaluating, securing
& managing R&D
funding incentives
unlocking >£750m to
date for UK
innovators.
INTEGRATED END-TO-END INNOVATIONFUNDINGSERVICES
Types of Innovation Funding
81
INNOVATION FUNDING
Grant Funding Research and
Development Tax Relief
Patent Box Capital Allowances Other Incentives
82
GRANTS & TAX CREDITS
A Quick Introduction
Tax Credits R&D Grants
● Retrospective – spend to
receive
● Claim back ~20-25% eligible
costs
● Funding in advance
● Typically 50-100% subsidy
● Pros: No Debt, No Equity, Non-restrictive
● Cons: Time-Consuming, Bureaucratic, Not a Quick-Fix!
83
TYPES OF GRANT FUNDING
Capital vs R&D Grant Funding
For capital expenditure
typically to stimulate
employment
Most often distributed
regionally
Capital Grants R&D Grants
For new and unique
R&D projects with wider
impacts
Typically distributed
nationally
84
What Innovation
Funding is right for me?
R&D Project Maturity
R&D Tax Credits
R&D Grants
Patent Box
SEIS
EIS
Why does Innovation
Funding exist?
87
UK R&D FUNDING BREAKDOWN
What are the main incentives?
UK Govt direct R&D Investment
(£20bn by 2024/25 (1.1% GDP))
Aim: stimulate R&D investment of
2.4% GDP by 2027
Crudely 1/3 R&D Tax Credits; 1/3
UKRI; 1/3 Other Govt
Source: Institute of Government 2022
Other Considerations
How long does it take to get the money?
6-12 month process
3-12+ month
process
Post-
Project
Live Project
Pre-
Project
TYPICAL TIMELINES: GRANTS & TAX CREDITS
R&D Grants
Tax Credits
91
Grant Funding Research and
Development Tax Relief
Patent Box Capital Allowances Other Incentives
How do the different funding mechanisms interact with one another?
INNOVATION FUNDING INTERACTIONS
92
FINALTAKEAWAYS
Use non-dilutive funds strategically to drive innovation
Be aware of the potential interplay between funding types
Make sure it’s the right time and right funding option for
you
93
THANK YOU
Jon Williams
Senior Director, Grants
+44 1392 42860
Jon.williams@ryan.com
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Revolutionising the Health Industry:
Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing
Company Introduction
Presented By:
Melissa Snover
CEO/FOUNDER
Strictly Confidential
Strictly Confidential
Strictly Confidential ·
Necessity is the Mother of all Invention
2010
Launched world’s first
vegan allergen free
gummy range
2014
Sold Goody Good Stuff
to Cloetta PLC
2015
Launched world’s first
FDA/FSA CS 3D food
printer
2019
Rem3dy Health
launched & Seed Round
Complete
My journey has been led by being unsatisfied with current market offerings and a burning desire to find a better way.
2020
Nourished Launched in
UK (Jan) & US (Nov)
Customised Curative
Health
Core & Kids
Selling / Leasing Machines
Licensing Excipient IPs
Pharma Corps, CTOs, HOs
TECHNOLOGY
POWERHOUSE
Corp Collabs
NVR
Hybridised Personalisation
at Scale
Alpha Site, Smethwick
400k/ day
Low MOQs
Ability to Develop lines for Micro
Moment or Group
Distributor Channel
Retail Channels
Marketplace
Corp Collabs
DTC & Collabs
Uber Personalised Health &
Nutrition
Digbeth, Birmingham
Strictly Confidential
Oral & Skin Health
Small Retailer Production
Our Approach
13 Hardware
Patents
3 Material
Patents
8 Years of
Development
5 Process
Patents
2 TPS Operating
System
2 Proprietary
Algorithms
Our Capability We have developed the first food safe full stack 3D printer systems for consumables with less waste,
using only renewable resources, giving better quality control and higher traceability governance.
Hybrid Manufacturing
§ Personalised or hybridized
options available
§ Net Zero waste
§ Just In Time
§ Scalable
§ 100% In House
§ Made in the UK
Products
§ Hyper Personalised to
customer or Demographic
§ Short or Large Runs
§ Rapid product iterations &
NPD Cycles
§ Sustainable packaging and
delivery methods
In-House Agility
§ Bespoke Proprietary
Machinery 3D Production
§ GFSI Certified Food Production
Facilities
§ Formulations, Design,
Development & Packaging - all
in House
Formulations
§ Patented, hydrocolloid
encapsulation technology
§ Dosage control & improved
bioavailability
§ Shelf stable & cool gelling
§ High payloads with great taste
21
Patents In total
Strictly Confidential ·
Personalised, Plant based and Powered by Science.
Delicious daily stacks for targeted delivery and high
absorption
Precision Nutrition,
Layered for Life.
Plant-based, Plastic Free & Powered by Science. Delicious
daily nutrient stacks 3D printed with high impact ingredients
for targeted delivery.
21
Strictly Confidential ·
5-HTP
Apple Cider Vinegar
Ashwagandha Extract
Beetroot
Beta Glucan
BPL1 HT
Careflow Mango Powder
CoQ10
Cordyceps
Folic Acid
Ginger Extract
Ginseng
HydroCurc & Black Pepper
Inositol
Iodine
Iron
K2 Vital Delta
LactoSpore Probiotic
Lutemax 2020
Lycopene
Maca Powder
Milk Thistle Extract
Nourished Greens
Resveratrol
Scutell’Up
Selenium
Silica
Tart Cherry
Vitamin D3
Vitamin A
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
White Kidney Bean
Zinc
35
NUTRIENTS
60b
COMBINATIONS
18
FLAVOURS
Our
Method
New Nutrients and Flavours can be added
in 21 days or less.
Strictly Confidential ·
Vegan/Vegetarian Sugar Free
Made in the UK Plastic Free Packaging
Dairy & Lactose Free Non-GMO
Soy Free Nut Free
No Artificial colours or
flavours
Gluten Free
Our Products
Our Agile NPD We can test new items and gain feedback in real time – creating strong real life data sets
for product validation and mainstream market expansion.
New ‘Life Stack’ in < 1hr
Strictly Confidential ·
New ingredient options in
under 3 weeks
New Format Ranges in less than 10-12 weeks
Top 50 Most Ambitious
Business leaders 2020
Innovator Award
Winner 2019
Disruptor of the year
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Start-up Company of
The Year 2019
Top 32 Female
Entrepreneurs to look
out for 2020
Best food tech
Innovation 2019
KPMG Tech Innovator of
the Year 2021
Midlands Champion
Most innovative health-
Focused food brand 2022
SXSW Start-up of the Year
Finalist
2021
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Award Winner 2022
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Gold Trusted Service
Award 2021
The King’s Award
Winner 2023
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Our Corporate Collaborations.
About Nourished
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5
Series B
April 2023
Estimated Additional Funding of £10m
= £15m making total round with Safe
roll in a max of £25m
NEXT
• We have developed a high-volume production line for non-
personalised retail products, consisting of a series of
depositors along a conveyor line.
• This significantly increases capacity whilst realising major cost
efficiencies.
• Capable of 120-140,000 stacks per 8hr. = >400k/day
• Approx 280-300 stacks per minute.
• Monthly amount in the region of 7.5-8mil stacks capacity.
• Commissioned August – September
• Live since October
• Already produced over 40m units
The New Line will make is possible for us to enter Retail and other large scale B2B
channels in a sustainable way, growing the business and brand awareness in the
process.
Our New Retail line (‘NVR’)
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Our cobranded range of products launched in October 2023 in 3500 pharmacies in France and 1500
pharmacies in Italy. Since launch we have captured >10% share of the total VMS market, pushing
past market leaders such as Lashille, Berocca and Arkopharma in less than 14 weeks, with category
Capitan products in Energy and Detox vitamins.
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Be Confident & Passionate
When raising capital, a bit of bullishness is expected & people
invest in passion overall things
Don’t underestimate
the time it can take!
Your seed round can take as long as 6 months,
gets faster as you go up from there
Practice, Revise,
Update & Learn
Every pitch is an opportunity
to learn, optimise and improve.
Seek Out & Find the Right Money
Look for a variety of types & expertise areas in your
syndicate choose people you want to work with for 5 years +
(PITA SCORE)
Know your Numbers!
Know your key metrics Be cognizant of what investors
are looking for – some want to see losses and more
raises etc.
Research and
Network!
Advisers, Banks, LinkedIn,
Seed legals, Silicon Canal,
Growth Hub & More…
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Lessons learned along the way.
Project out into the world that
which you would like to see
reflected back at you.
.
Expect and Accept that doing something great
takes hard work. There are no short cuts to
true success.
The Mirror
Philosophy
Win
or
Learn
The Right Way
&
The Easy Way
Hire People
Better
than You!
Always in
Beta
Never Stop Learning
Passion + Knowledge = Power
When faced with bias – use the
experience to fuel your fire to succeed
and take full advantage !
Fuel
Your
Fire
Every time you fail its an opportunity
to learn and narrow down on the road
to success.
Surround yourself with People who
are better than you and don’t be afraid
to ask for help!
Thank you for your time
Innovation in
Manufacturing Panel
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SDE Technology
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Nourish3d
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BCRRE
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Business Growth
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WMG SME Group
Net Zero in Manufacturing:
Net Burden, Net Curtain or
Net Benefit?
Dr Paul Milne
Deputy Director of SME Engagement
Journey to …- A timeline
1864 1959 1978 1989 2008
• Industrial revolution
• Early version of period
table was proposed
• Golden age of
technology
• MOSFETs
invented
• Man made climate change
recognised
• Ban of CFC in aerosols in
US
• Fall of Lehman bank
• Global financial collapse
• Tesla Roadster launched
• Montreal agreement
on CFCs
• 1st true mobile phone
MicroTAC
• Industrial GHG emissions are emissions that result from
industrial processes
• Industry is directly responsible for ≈ 23% of UK emissions
directly (DESNZ)
• Part of a complex system:
• Net-zero is the legal obligation
• Environmental sustainability is much broader than
CO2 emissions
• Achieving net-zero will require a systems approach
• The right solutions must be put in the right places
• Transition to net-zero is an opportunity:
• 2 million “green collar jobs” by 2030
• Greenshoring of industry across the UK
Net-Zero, Sustainability and Emissions,
Net Burden Net Benefit
Net Curtain
A Journey to Net Zero
Why act?
• People
o Are stretched enough already
• Process
o Will add more time and complexity
• Product
o Will increase costs, already squeezed enough
• Profit
o Government NZ policy already costing me
o Clean air zones etc.
• Partners (Market)
o Not a big issue for our market
Net Burden
Why now?
• People
o Don’t have the skills and aren’t interested in change
• Process
o We do a bit that’s enough for now
o New processes will only add complexity (and cost)
o Where do you start anyway
• Product
o Customers are not demanding it now
o No clear guidelines
• Profit
o Can’t afford to invest and get it wrong.
• Partners (Market)
o In the same boat so why stick your neck out
o Government is rowing back, why shouldn’t we.
Net Curtain
• Institutional:
o Difficulty in changing practices and policies
o Explaining importance
• Financial:
o Cost of new technologies or R&D
o Competing priorities
• Technological:
o What are the low emission alternatives
available?
o How are they made and where do they
come from?
• Knowledge:
o What are emissions? What is net-zero?
o Where can we go for answers?
https://smeclimatehub.org/sme-survey-barriers-to-climate-action/
Barriers to Emissions Reduction
Why not?
• People
o Do care
o Improves wellbeing and recruitment
• Process
o Reduce energy, Reduce waste, reduce inefficiencies.
• Product
o Has added features that can be sold
• Profit
o Saves you money ‘carbon is cost’
o More OEMs are asking for evidence of sustainable
practices
• Partners (Market)
o Differentiates me from my competitors
Net Benefit
Energy
Business Energy Advice Service
• Help to understand and reduce
Industrial energy use
• Targeted support for Energy
Intensive manufacturing companies
• >750 MWh pa
• Or Energy >10% of total costs
• Available to SMEs in West Midlands
• Grants available
Carbon
Net Zero Innovation Network (WM)
• Help to understand your carbon
emissions
• Net Zero strategy and planning
• Innovation project
• Cohort groups
• Available to West Midlands Combined
Authority only
• Grants available
Energy and Carbon
Innovation Project
Technical innovation project to
implement positive
environmental and economic
change.
Collaboration Event
Expert speakers and
workshops on sustainability
topics that matter to your
business
Net Zero Readiness Assessment
Online tool to assess how
prepared your business is
to meet net zero targets
Net Zero Roadmap
Support to generate a 10-year
roadmap and action plan for your
business to capitalise on further
opportunities
Best Practice Visit
Observe sustainability
innovations and best practice
at UK manufacturing
businesses
Grant Funding
£10,000-£100,000 to support the
implementation of sustainability
and energy efficiency projects and
equipment
Aim:
A cohort brings together manufacturing businesses to:
Gain knowledge
Implement change
Grow their business via sustainable manufacturing
practices
Who:
The cohort is pre-funded through the shared
prosperity fund for businesses who meet the below:
Essential Criteria
Small Medium Enterprise
Based in the West Midlands Combined Authority area
Preferable Criteria
Manufacturers
High CO2 emitters and energy users
Bringing businesses together to discuss, learn and share best practices that are environmentally,
economically and socially sustainable”
Net Zero Cohort Programme
Pilot scheme with aim to understand and reduce industrial energy use.
Business Energy Advice Service
Industrial energy
monitoring
tools to monitor your energy
usage
analysis and breakdowns
Energy line walk
tools to monitor your energy usage
to meet net zero targets
Energy Roadmap
Support to generate a 10-year
roadmap and action plan for your
business to capitalise on further
opportunities to reduce
energy
Grant Funding
£10,000-£100,000 to support the
implementation of sustainability
and energy efficiency projects and
equipment
Aim:
Support for West Midlands:
Audit energy use
Offer grants to reduce energy
Grow their business via energy reducing practices
Who:
Energy Intensive businesses
Essential Criteria
Small Medium Enterprise
Based in the West Midlands
Energy Intensive Criteria
Manufacturers
High energy users >750 MWhr/ pa OR >10% turnover
Company wanted to reduce energy costs in the business. HVMC Conducted an
Energy Value Stream Map and through monitoring data via low-cost energy
clamps, they were able to create a bespoke energy calculator and make changes
to their production schedule.
Energy savings of up
to 82% on some
machines
46% energy savings
across all production
Energy costs overall
reduced by 20%
Investment in new
electric machines and
rapid action door
Leadership and Next
Generation
Listertube Ltd
Specialist vitreous enamelling company noticed that the heat escaping from their
furnace when doors opened was burning the roof panels above and they
wondered if anything could be done to divert this heat and use it elsewhere.
HVMC collected data such as room dimensions and temperatures and simulated
what thermal energy there was available to recover.
Determined waste heat
could be used to heat
three drying rooms
Helped company on
pathway to reduce ALL
reliance on natural gas
Saving of over £11k per
year and 23,000kgCO₂
Reduced energy
consumption by
115,000kWh
Leadership and Next
Generation
Kingfisher Enamelling
Alucast
Aluminium foundry and high energy user saw their electricity cost increase by
300%. They needed support to adjust their work model to reduce their
consumption and identify inefficiencies. Four types of machine were
monitored using energy monitoring equipment and shop floor practices were
revised and improved using this data.
Plans to upgrade furnaces
could save 40% of energy
usage
Joined Net Zero
programme to make
further improvements
Predicted savings of £78k
over two-year period
Reduced energy
consumption by
19,000kWh over two years
Leadership and Next
Generation
• Come say hello at our stand!
• Email WMGSME@warwick.ac.uk
• Fill in our enquiry form using the QR code
• Follow us via @WMG business on LinkedIn!
Contact:
P.milne@warwick.ac.uk
How to find out more:
Harriet Muscroft
Clean Futures Programme Lead
Connected Places Catapult
Supporting the West Midlands to be at the
heart of the transport sector Green Industrial Revolution
CLEAN FUTURES PROGRAMME
Opportunity
Collaborative working
Regional focus
Accelerator
40 SMEs
Testing & Development
Commercial Support
Catalyst
800 organisations
Building Networks
Workshops, Events & Courses
Sustainability
A pioneering initiative aimed at driving economic growth and innovation in the
West Midlands by supporting SMEs developing clean and sustainable solutions.
ACCELERATOR CHALLENGES
The challenges in this accelerator will be developed around the Very Light Rail and automotive
manufacturing sectors, along with related supply chains
Previous cohort challenges were:
Greener EV components: Design or produce components which reduce embodied carbon across the
vehicle lifecycle 1
Circular Economy of transport: Design or manufacture solutions to reuse or recycle
batteries and other vehicle components 2
Road freight alternatives: Design or produce systems or sub-systems enabling
alternatives to traditional road freight, including using existing infrastructure, facilitating
multi-modal freight transportation and exploring shared transport solutions
3
Greener transport infrastructure: Design or produce cost-effective solutions for clean transportation
infrastructure 4
Future Fuels: Produce, transport or store alternative fuels such as hydrogen, biofuels or synthetic fuels 5
Gain access to front line innovation and industry insight that
will accelerate your business.
BENEFITS
We’re excited to work with you!
• Up to £50k cash
contribution for
development and
testing
• Commercial support
to help your business
grow
• Insights from buyers
and supply chain
• Use of world leading
test facilities from
BCIMO and Coventry
University
• Join a community to
forge new
collaborations
• Opportunity to
showcase solutions to
key industry
stakeholders
• Access to cutting edge
research
• Increase investment
readiness, and the
opportunity to network
with investors
• Respond to real world
challenges from
industry leaders
TEST FACILITIES
• 2.2km rail test track
• 15m radius test loop
• 870m long tunnel with test track
• World first rail rapid charger, supporting up to
450kw
• Split level platform
• Mule vehicles
• Mobility hub
• E-mobility and clean growth
• Manufacturing and materials
• Design and human factors
• Advanced systems
BCIMO Coventry University
ACCELERATOR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
To apply:
o UK company address
o TRL 5 or above
o Demonstratable alignment to one of the challenges being addressed in this
programme
o Willingness to travel to face-face meetings in the West Midlands
o Willingness to complete a development, testing or demonstration of your solution
in a real or relevant environment, using BCIMO or Coventry University test sites.
o Able to contribute an additional £50k in-kind match funding
o West Midlands presence/impact
CLEAN FUTURES CATALYST
Creating a community, ensuring sustainability
REGISTER INTEREST
Harriet.muscroft@cp.catapult.org.uk
THANK YOU
Any Questions?
Harriet Muscroft
Introduction to BCIMO
and the VLRNIC
INTRODUCTION TO BCMO
AND THE VLRNIC
Name:
• Olivia Brown
Job Title:
• Operations and Marketing Manager
Organisation:
• Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation
Contact Details:
• www.bcimo.co.uk
• Olivia.Brown@bcimo.co.uk
• 07769 586893
INTRODUCTION
TO BCIMO
• Not-for-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO)
• Operator of the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre
(VLRNIC)
Unique, purpose-built, world-class centre for innovation across
the whole of the rail industry - particular focus on light (LR) and
very light rail (VLR)
Based in Dudley in the West Midlands - the heart of the Black
Country
Only one of its kind in the UK!
Offers hireable facilities across four categories; Rail Development
& Test Site (RDTS), Meeting and Event Spaces, Engineering Labs &
Equipment, Serviced Offices & Meeting Rooms
Rail Development & Test Site (RDTS) comprises the ground floor
Engineering Hall, together with the rail test track
License exemption from ORR
Offers an extensive range of facilities to support the
development and testing of future rail technologies, including
some unique to LR & VLR
Meeting and Event Spaces are based on Level 2 of the VLRNIC
Venue offers a choice of 6 modern, hi-tech and flexible spaces,
making it an ideal choice for meetings, training sessions,
conferences / exhibitions and a range of other events or
functions
COG MODEL
OF INNOVATION
• Blueprint for innovation
• Holistic approach
• Looks at interconnectivity
of key components that
comprise system
• Represented in a cog
model – parts must turn
together for new,
emerging and existing
industries to flourish
• Is scalable - can apply to
any industry, and
innovations at the system
or component level
COG MODEL
OF INNOVATION
• Focus on Technologies
of the Future...
TECHNOLOGIES OF THE FUTURE
CLEAN FUTURES
Supporting the West Midlands’ transport sector to
be at the heart of the green industrial revolution
• Clean Futures
programme
activities map
against Technology
Readiness Levels
(TRLs)
• Catalyst (1-4)
• Accelerator (5-7)
• Commercial
Investment Hub
(7-9)
CLEAN FUTURES PROGRAMME
CATALYST
• Aim is to support the early research and development of
clean tech innovations at TRLs 1-4, providing ongoing
support throughout the programme and back into the
cog model of innovation
• Innovators will benefit from:
• Bi-monthly networking at BCIMO
• Best practice industry visits
• BCIMO & CU based workshops based on best practice
themes
• Online masterclasses to provide in-depth insights
• BCIMO & CU based challenge support workshops to
prepare potential applicants for Cohort 2 of the
Accelerator
Empowering the foundations of your sustainability journey
*Full events plan coming soon – register your interest to be
notified - www.bcimo.co.uk/contact/contact-us
CLEAN FUTURES PROGRAMME
ACCELERATOR
Accelerating the development and testing of your sustainable innovations
• Aim is to support and accelerate the development
and testing of clean tech innovations at TRLs 5-7
• Innovators will benefit from:
• Up to £50K in funding to develop and test their
innovative solutions
• Access to our Rail Development & Test Site (RDTS), a
dedicated Clean Futures collaboration area and
private meeting room
• An engineering support package
• A commercial support package
• A promotional media package
• A range of networking and showcasing events,
including end of year Demonstration Day
*Applications for Cohort 2 open soon – register your interest to
be notified - www.bcimo.co.uk/contact/contact-us
THE CLEAN FUTURES
PROGRAMME – COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT HUB
Supporting the commercialisation of your sustainable innovations
• Aim is to support the demonstration and
commercialisation of clean tech innovations at TRLs 7-
9
• Innovators will benefit from:
• A bespoke modular-based plan - developed following
initial needs assessment
• Specialised commercialisation support
• Access to our Rail Development & Test Site (RDTS) and
Meeting and Event Spaces for technology
demonstration and showcasing events
• Profiling on BCIMO’s private commercial platform
alongside Route to Market Partners, Stakeholders, and
Investors
*Further details to be announced soon – register your interest to
be notified - www.bcimo.co.uk/contact/contact-us
t // 07769 586893
e // olivia.brown@bcimo.co.uk
w // www.bcimo.co.uk
Lunch at the
Innovation Funding
and Support
Conference
Organised in Partnership with:
Supporting Partners:
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Your Agenda
Welcome Back
Richard Fallon
CEO of the Technology
Supply Chain
Connecting manufacturing,
engineering and technology
companies with grants, fully
funded support and new
opportunities.
Afternoon Agenda
13:20 My 40 Years of Innovation-Charlie Blakemore
13:40 WMHTIA- Prof Liam Grover
14:00 WMHTIA Panel
14:30 Tea Break
14:45 Maximise the Support for Your Business- Dr
Richard Fallon and Venetia Hulse
15:05 Introducing Innovate UK Business Growth-
Deepak Pathak
15:20 Innovation in Business Panel
15:45 STEAMhouse: Making Innovation Happen
16:00 Close
CHARLIE
BLAKEMORE:
MY 40 YEARS OF
INNOVATION
CHARLIE
BLAKEMORE
Intercity Technology
Chief Executive Officer
2018-Present
BAE Systems
Managing Director – Global
Combat Systems
1983-2017
Greater Birmingham
Chamber of Commerce
Non-exec board member
2022-Present
Pictured: Receiving the lifetime achievement award
for innovation in 2022 (Edgbaston)
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
1983
Charlie Joins BAE systems as a technical
apprentice.
Working with advanced manufacturing
technologies, including:
• Friction Welding
• Armour Plate Laser Cutting
• Plasma Arc Cutting
• Robotic Welding
• Additive Materials
• CAD CAM
• Advanced use of CNC Machining
GAME-CHANGING
INNOVATIONS
1980s
Works on breakthrough technologies
during his time in the Land sector,
eventually taking the role of Managing
Director.
• Advanced ammunition: Minimising
collateral damage for the M777
howitzer
• Armoured vehicles: Advanced
protection with explosive reactive
armour
• RFI signature: Reducing vehicle
signature
GOING INTO MARITIME
2011-2014
Oversees BAE Systems Maritime industry as
Business & Transformation Director.
Innovating the manufacturing process
Building a culture to engage a heavily unionised
workforce, increasing efficiency.
Overseeing the development of Queen Elizabeth
Aircraft Carrier, Type 45 & Type 46 Destroyers.
• Advanced robotic welding
• Virtual Reality
• 3D CAD Drawing
• Computerised Assembly
TAKING TO THE SKIES
2014-2016
Continues to lead the group forward, taking the
role of Operations, Projects & Transformation
Director
Cutting edge innovations in fully autonomous
fighter jets, virtual cockpits and advanced
systems for pilots.
• Tempest
• F-35 Lightning
• Eurofighter Typhoon
• Hawk
JOINING INTERCITY
2018-PRESENT
Joins Intercity as Chief Operations Officer, then as
Group Managing Director, and as of February 2024,
Chief Executive Officer.
Leading award-winning customer service and
innovations as Intercity sees remarkable year on year
growth;
• Growing cybersecurity division and launching cyber
assessment framework
• Bringing artificial intelligence and automation into
the workplace
• Driving tech to support innovations in medicine,
automotive, critical infrastructure and more.
WHY
INNOVATION
MATTERS
TECH INNOVATIONS
FROM THE SPACE
RACE
• Camera Phones (1990 – JPL, developed for
cameras small enough to fit on spacecraft)
• Scratch resistant lenses
• CAT Scans
• LEDs
• Water Purification (1960s Apollo crew)
• Home insulation (aluminised polyester)
• Baby formula
• Artificial Limbs
• The computer mouse (1960s)
• Portable computer – SPOC
• Cordless Devices
• Breathing masks
• Polymer Fabric (1950s)
“Keep in mind that
progress is not always
linear. It takes constant
course correcting and
often a lot of zigzagging.”
BUZZ ALDRIN
We’ll help your people Do More by expanding your IT capabilities and
providing a safe pair of hands, when and wherever you need us.
DO MORE
• Communications Cloud & Security Managed IT Services
West Midlands Health
Tech Innovation Accelerator
Overview of the Healthcare
Technologies Institute and West
Midlands Health Tech Innovation
Accelerator
Professor Liam M Grover | Professor of Biomaterials Science | Director of
the Healthcare Technologies Institute & West Midlands Health Tech Innovation
Accelerator
We are part of a campus focused on
Healthcare and Life Science
The mission of the HTI
“To help academics, industry and clinicians to generate
impact from their research in the Healthcare Technology
Sector. To provide a focus for medical innovation on
campus”
Originally funded by an internal investment of £2.5m, the HTI
established 1200m2 of high-quality lab-space in the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, enabling clinical engagement.
The HTI has now levered in excess of £50m, to make it a centre
of excellence in the translation of medical technology to the
clinic.
We consider all aspects of the
development of a medical technology
Medical
Device
Industrial Push Clinical Pull
Intellectual
Property
Manufacturing
considerations
Regulation
Cost
One of few labs in the country able to make its own products
for testing
2. To raise income to accelerate
medical translation
£34 million of research funding to date
Levering research funding to enable
translation
West Midlands Health
Tech Innovation Accelerator
WMHTIA Panel
Prof Liam Grover
UOB
Ben Roberts
Medilink
Sian Dunning
UHB
Thorsten
Kampmann
The MTC
Junaid Arsahd
UCB
Afternoon Break
Innovation Funding
and Support
Conference
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Supporting Partners:
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Your Agenda
How to Maximise
the Grants and
Support for
Businesses
With Dr Richard Fallon
and Venetia Hulse
Agenda
• The Myths and Facts About
Grants
• Where are We
• Local Grants
• Innovate UK Grants and Loans
• DIATOMIC
• Putting it All Together
The Myths (and Facts)
Behind Grants
Grants for Nothing or Everything
The Grants vs.
Funding
Confusion
Many
businesses
think…
I am/ We are:
• Too new
• Too small
• Too big to get a grant
There are grants for all. Most are for SMEs.
Grants
don’t cover:
Ø Start-up costs (usually)
Ø Maintenance
Ø General business
expenses
Ø Some types of
marketing
Ø Usual Professional
fees
Ø Your Pay or Wages
Ø One big exception
Where are we with
grants?
1. All remaining EU
funded grants and
projects end on 30th
June 2023
2. LEPs are closed or
closing
3. Launch of Business
Growth WM
4. Launch of the Shared
Prosperity Fund
5. UK programmes
We are Mid-Flight
Local Grants
WM SME Grant
This grant is for SMEs in the Birmingham City Council area and
across Shropshire supports:
ü Start-up (grants of £2,500 to £7,500)
ü SMEs (grants of £5,000 to £100,000)
The expectation is that most grants will be between £10,000 to
£20,000. You must create a job within 6 months for each
£10,000 grant.
WM SME Grant Can Be Used for:
ü Expanding and growing existing businesses
ü Capital investment
ü Developing new markets opportunities
ü Innovation, including new product development
ü An increase in the productive capacity of new and existing
premises through new property builds, refurbishment etc.
ü Digital projects
Coventry Business Support Programme
Grants at 50% match for capital investment,
relocation, developing new market opportunities,
improving systems and processes.
ü Start-up grants - £2,500 - £7,500
ü SME Capital grant - £2,500 - £25,000
They also offer non-financial support for management,
business planning, IP, marketing, energy and
sustainability etc.
Warwickshire
ü Capital items only –such as plant,
machinery, equipment
ü £5k - £35k grant Available
ü Cover 30% of project costs
ü Must create jobs
ü Must have less than 50 employees
Herefordshire
50% matched grants of up to £35,000
Can be used towards:
ü Capital items that enable the business to introduce
new (to the business) technologies or processes to be
adopted
ü Plant and machinery costs
ü Equipment costs (not wheeled assets)
Sandwell
Matched grants of up to £20k to SMEs trading for over
2 years for:
ü Relocation, expansion and growth
ü Developing new market opportunities
ü Promotional activities
ü Innovation
ü Low carbon/energy efficiency/waste management
ü Improving systems and processes
Walsall
ü This is a 50% matched grant
ü Up to £25,000 in exceptional
circumstances, usually £10,000
ü Can be used for capital or revenue items
ü Not consultancy.
BetaDen Tech Accelerator
Applications close tomorrow but this award-
winning accelerator will re-open offering:
ü £10,000 Proof Of Concept Grant
ü £2,000 marketing funding
ü Access to specialist mentors offering dedicated 1-to-1 advice and
guidance specific to your growth strategy
ü Ongoing support for your personal development as an entrepreneur
including coaching, training & workshops
ü Dedicated free office space at the Malvern Hills Science Park
ü Access to BetaDen's extensive technology network
1. Help to Grow
2. Innovate UK
Business Growth
3. Made Smarter
4. Net Zero Grants
5. Catapults and
Innovation
Accelerators
offering support
and grants
UK-Wide Programmes
Competitive Grants
Facts
ü Grants vary from £10,000 to
£5m for R&D and other costs
ü Can offer up to 100% of cost
ü Competitive
ü Regular competitions
ü Time intensive
We are seeing an increasing number of Innovate
UK grant competitions and an increase in
collaborative R&D grants
There are also grants to help companies to reduce
energy use etc. You can find everything here:
https://apply-for-innovation-
funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search
Competitions
Ø Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’
programme. The current one closes on 24th April.
Ø It invests up to £25 million in the best game-changing
and commercially viable innovative or disruptive
ideas.
Ø Applications can come from any area of technology
and be applied to any part of the economy.
Smart Grants
If your project’s duration is 6 to 18 months:
Ø It must have total eligible project costs between £25,000
and £500,000
Ø It can be single or collaborative
If your project’s duration is 19 to 36 months:
Ø It must have total eligible project costs between £25,000
and £2 million
Ø Be collaborative
Smart Grants
Ø Labour costs
Ø Overhead costs- 20%
of labour costs or
breakdown
Ø Material costs
Ø Capital usage- cover
use of capital assets
Ø Subcontractor costs
Eligible Costs for Smart Grants
Ø Travel and subsistence
Ø Training costs
Ø Preparation of
technical reports
Ø Market assessment
Ø Licensing in new
technologies
Ø IP costs
Loans between £100,000 and £2 million for highly
innovative late-stage R&D projects. They must be in one
or more of the future economy areas:
Ø Next-Generation Digital Technologies
Ø Technology Families (advanced materials and
manufacturing; AI, electronics, photonics etc.)
Ø Net zero
Ø Health and wellbeing
Innovate UK Loans
Funded Support
Global Accelerator
Overview
Programme Info
• 5-10 SMEs will be taken on a one-week visit to India (likely
to visit 2 cities)
• Flights and accommodation costs will be covered
• Visit will include business meetings & showcasing
opportunities
• SMEs will receive business support & coaching to prepare
them for the visit
• SMEs need to be based in the West Midlands
• Sector focus of Clean Tech (more detail will be shared at
application launch)
• SMEs need to have an ambition to grow their businesses in
India & a good fit with the sector & market (more info to
be shared later)
Global ACCELERATOR ROADMAP
APPLICATIONS OPEN
JUNE
SME ONBOARDING
AUGUST
IMMERSION IN INDIA
DESIGN & PLAN
FEB - MAY
SME SELECTION
JULY
PROGRAMME LIVE
SEPTEMBER
EVALUATION
MARCH 2025
Maximum Benefit
1. Set your goal
2. Break it into stages
3. Map fully funded
support
4. Map grants
5. Use KTPs for longer
support
Introducing
Innovate UK Business
Growth
Innovate UK
Business Growth
Bespoke support that grows & scales
innovative businesses.
Innovate UK Business Growth formerly known as Innovate UK EDGE is
part of the UK’s innovation agency, we enable innovation-driven
businesses to grow at pace and deliver on their industry and society-
transforming ambitions.
We help established innovative small to medium sized businesses with great
potential to identify the most effective strategy to accelerate their business’
growth and maximise their potential. And we aim to give them the access to the
resources to deliver, from IP expertise to investor networks and international
partnerships.
Exploit Innovation
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Our specialists help SMEs generate, manage and commercialise
ideas more rapidly, ensuring more of the businesses we fund (and
some that we don’t) have the means to grow and scale, through:
• Targeted assessment of client needs.
• Developing a strong innovation culture and introducing
techniques to breed innovative ideas to drive growth.
• Adapting business models to exploit intellectual assets (e.g. IP
Audits) through continuous innovation.
• Ensuring market readiness (validating technology, identifying
value propositions, understanding market potential and building
marketing strategies).
Source
Funding &
Finance
If securing funding and finance is pivotal to your growth, our Innovation and Growth Specialists can help you
to develop an approach and understand the options available to you. And we can help you identify regional
and national connections to realise your ambitions.
Invest – ability intensive training and The Pitch Panel
• Invest-ability training provides rigorous, structured training in
the fundamentals of investment readiness, as well as the
opportunity to practice your pitch with your peers and an
investor panel.
• The Pitch Pannel offers exposure to real investors for
constructive and confidence-building feedback on your pitch, as
part of the Invest-ability investment readiness pathway.
Post investment support
• Clients who receive investment can also benefit from
the right post-investment support from their
innovation and growth specialist to equip them for
onward travel to corporate finance, M&A and IPOs,
capitalising on our close relationships with partners
such as the London Stock Exchange.
• You may also be suitable for The Scaleup Programme,
for specialised support around Series A fundraising
and beyond.
Enter New Markets
We offer innovation-driven businesses several ways to build their
knowledge of and presence in key global markets, including through
developing R&D and innovation collaborations and helping to find
potential end users or cand partnerships customers.
• Our specialists provide access to comprehensive and tailored advice
covering both the UK and international markets. They build on a
heritage of collaboration with the Enterprise Europe Network, the
most extensive association of innovation and growth support
organisations around the world.
• Specially designed Innovate UK initiatives, supported by our
specialists, help you to learn about specific international markets in
person and build business relationships there, for example,
the Global Business Innovation Programme and Global Incubator
Programme.
Funding calls
Here are some examples of funding calls that are now live
• APC25: Industrialising net zero automotive technology.
• Eureka Quantum collaborative R&D Multilateral 2024.
• Diet and health innovation: Early-stage feasibility projects.
Eligibility requirements can vary and are fully explained online
There are also webinars that support the applications
We are here to help you with any questions and support your
applications
International
Support
Here are some examples of International Support
GBIP in Hyderabad and Bangalore, India - Antimicrobial Resistance,
diagnostics
Application deadline: 10th April 2024
Pre-visit briefing: 8-9th May 2024
Innovation visit: 22nd June – 29th June 2024
Post-Exploitation workshop: 20th August 2024
GBIP in South Korea - Advanced Manufacturing
Closing date for application: 28th March 2024
GBIP in Canada - Ocean Technology
Closing date for application: 24th March 2024
Horizon and EEN Support
@IUK_Mids Innovate UK Midlands
Innovate UK
www.innovateukedge.ukri.org
Avalon Adjei-Maison
Innovation & Growth Specialist
Innovate UK Business Growth
07815952456
Avalon.Maison@innovateukedge.ukri.org
Innovation In Business
Panel
Deepak Pathak
Innovate UK
Naomi Nash
Tech WM
Inez Brown
IoD
Dan Evans
BEC
Simon Spink
WMCA
STEAMhouse
We MAKE Innovation Happen
We’re an award
winning centre for
collaborative
innovation
“UK businesses that
innovate, grow at twice the
rate of those that don’t”
Intellectual Property Office, Innovation and growth report, Oct 2022.
(That’s why we’re on a mission to support our economy to grow
and prosper through innovation)
We MAKEinnovation happen -
by providing workspace,
support, training and
technology to help you skill up,
build, learn and grow
Our ecosystem of Businesses, Organisations, Start-ups,
Entrepreneurs, Creatives, Academics &Government enables
collaborative innovation to maximise scope, scale and impact.
Pooling ideas from a diversity of
perspectives can make the
difference between market under
&outperformance
Our Products &Services
Our products and services help to drive open innovation and build
capacity in others.
Innovation
Services
Membership Short Courses
Venue Hire
Events &
Networking
Creating a collaborative culture for innovation iskey
Innovation Services
Sprints &challenge events
Service, strategy &product development
Accelerators
Skills development
Innovation Away Days
Off-site innovation space
We provide design and development, guidance
and space to create and deliver a tailored Open
Innovation program with you.
“Asweprogresstowards Net
Zero,howmight wereduce
embodied carbon in the
Built Environment?”
“How might weenable a smooth
transition from fossil fuels to
low carbon clean heating
in residential properties?”
“How might communities be
empowered to participate and
take ownership of retrofit
schemesto tackle fuel
poverty?”
STEAM Challenge
Event
Heat Pump Technologies
Challenge Event Participants
Luke Strikland –
Mott Macdonald
“The STEAM Sprint helped us
to collaborate in thinking about
drivers of change, and how that will
affect our services. The outputs of
the sessions influenced our regional
business planning as well as our
staff development approach.”
JackCornes –
Hausbots
"We use STEAMhouse to make
changes to our prototypes using
expensive kit that we can’t get
elsewhere. If you're making a product,
you don’t want to be doing it anywhere
else in Birmingham!’’
JamesSherwin-Smith -
TABBx
“The testing sessions at
STEAMhouse with our target
audience were invaluable in
validating some early hypotheses
as well as highlighting changes
and improvements ahead of
launching the product to the general
public.”
JennyPierpoint-
Retrofit Academy
"We collaborated with STEAMhouse
for stakeholder engagement to
develop our action plan. Their
professionalism ensured seamless
planning, facilitation, and analysis,
allowing us to focus solely on content.
STEAMhouse's excellent facilities
further enhanced our experience."
BNP Paribas
The Innovation Lab is an 8 month programme, managed
end-to-end by STEAMhouse, enabling collaboration
between BNP Paribas Personal Finance and solution
providers at key moments. Expedite the development of
innovative ideas poised to revolutionise the banking and
financial sector.
1. Challenge Articulation
2. Challenge Promotion
3. Selection
4. Development Sprint
5. Demo day
Digital Labs
Why
We accelerate digital innovation
with expertise, equipment,
community, and collaborative
spaces at STEAMhouse.
Unlike others, we work with you to solve problems and develop digital
enterprise solutions, supported by a nationwide network of
multidisciplinary experts. Whether at our hub or with distributed teams,
we're here to provide tailored, provider-agnostic solutions aligned with
your needs, to help you successful.
Once your opportunities are
clearly understood, work with our
STEAM team to clearly define
your roadmap to implementation
then plug into our bespoke
network of digital experts to build
your solution.
Build With Us
Clearly define your new
opportunity and work with digital
experts to move towards
development and
implementation.
Services
Test With Us
Test with user groups, enhance
usability, identify potential issues,
and refine features to deliver a
successful digital experience.
Once your moving towards your
solution now is the time to
engage in user testing and
workshops to analyze insights,
exploring user behaviors,
preferences, and needs for
informed product enhancement
and development strategies.
A bespoke program of
accelerated digital product
modernization through hands
on exploration with kit &
solutions alongside
collaborative design sprints to
modernize, optimize, your
digital solutions.
Explore With Us
Delve into the art of the
possible with new and
emerging digital technology,
and understand its
opportunities in your work.
Growth Lab.
20+ Desk Incubator for digital SMEs
to scale up and grow from seed
funding , product launch to
expansion.
Create Lab.
Featuring all the latest kit and
equipment, our technology showroom
is designed to showcase the art of the
possible and be the space where you
get the work done!
Sound Lab.
Ambisonics studio for cutting-
edge auditory experimentation
in a soundproof space.
Our Network
Join forces with us and our extensive cross-
sector network of digital specialists to build
your digital. Understand what's possible, chart
your journey, and assemble your team of
experts to get the job done.
Using our open innovation accelerator processes, we make the whole
journey completely transparent. Unlike others, we are technology and
supplier-agnostic. Our only interest is to see you innovate to your full
potential, and we are along for the ride.
Jim
ScaleUp | Startup | Investment |
Fundraising | Fundraising
Strategy
Derek
AR | SLAM | LiDAR | Mixed
Reality | Photogrammetry
Mark
Games Design | Software
Development | Motion Capture
Meet
The
Team
Leon
Tech and Financial Regulation |
Blockchain | Digital Assets |
Cyber | Governance |
Harry
Programme Lead | Innovation |
Architecture | Futures | Design
Thinking | User-Centered Design
Andrew
User Experience Design |
Artificial Intelligence |
Interaction Design
Ian
Digital Innovation | XR &
Immersive | Strategic Support |
Creative Consultancy
Georgia
| Immersive Experiences |
Virtual and Augmented Reality |
Set Design | Interactive.
Cessiah
ESG | Crypto | Policy |
EmergingTech | Venture
Capital
Thank You.
Thanks for
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Innovation Conference 5th March 2024.pdf

  • 1. Welcome to the Innovation Funding and Support Conference Organised in Partnership with: Supporting Partners: Download Your Agenda
  • 2. Hello! Richard Fallon CEO of the Technology Supply Chain Connecting manufacturing, engineering and technology companies with grants, fully funded support and new opportunities.
  • 3. Morning Agenda 08:35 We Make Innovation Happen- Jo Birch 08:45 Brandauer and Innovate UK- Rowan Crozier 09:05 Welcome Address- Richard Parker 09:15 How to Make the Most of Grants and Support for Manufacturers- Dr Richard Fallon 09:35 STW and SPR- Prof Paul Cadman 09:50 Manufacturing Innovation and Growth Panel 10:20 Coffee Break
  • 4. Morning Agenda Pt 2 10:35 SDE: Changing the World- Chris Greenough 10:50 Navigating Innovation Funding- Jon Williams 11:10 Revolutionising the Health Industry: Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing- Melissa Snover 11:25 Innovation in Manufacturing Panel 11:55 Net Zero in Manufacturing Dr Paul Milne 12:15 Clean Futures- Harriet Muscroft and Olivia Brown 12:30 Lunch
  • 5. Jo Birch We MAKE innovation happen An Award-Winning Centre for Collaborative Innovation .
  • 6. Innovate UK A Look at How a Collaborative R&D Partnership Delivers Opportunities in Industry • R&D landscape • Who are Innovate UK? • Financial model • Case studies • Benefits and Advice 6
  • 8. Global pandemic. Constrained cash. Brexit. Untapped SME talent pool. Benefits of funded R&D not recognised. Government push to develop UK supply chain and technology. C Brandauer & Co Ltd 8 Challenges and Opportunities
  • 9. How the Government Is Facilitating R&D • Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency and exists to accelerate the UK’s economic growth by providing support to businesses by reducing the risk involved in making innovative leaps. • Innovate UK does this by providing funding for projects which might otherwise have not been undertaken were this funding not available. This benefits both the company and the UK as it promotes economic growth by facilitating the creation of new technologies and therefore increasing business opportunities within the UK. • Similar endeavours are found throughout the UK such as: - HVM Catapult, a group of research centres created with £140m of government funding. - APC, a non-profit organisation which facilitates funding to UK-based R&D Projects.
  • 10. Our Collaborative Projects With Innovate UK Brandauer currently has 5 different projects receiving funding via Innovate UK, close to £1.5 million secured so far across all the projects. These projects are as follows: • CompEtE – Jaguar Land Rover • DER – Equipmake • Face Mask Quick Clip Tool – 3M • Ricardo – Ricardo • Saietta APC - Saietta Four of which are EV, one of which is COVID response. C Brandauer & Co Ltd 10
  • 11. ONE OF BRANDAUER’S LARGEST PROJECTS BOTH FINANCIALLY AND IN SCOPE. USED IN THE MOTORS OF JLR’S ELECTRIC VEHICLES. GRANT INCOME OF £303,000. DEVELOPMENT OF OUR EV LAM CAPABILITY. WIDENS OUR NETWORK IN THE EV SUPPLY CHAIN. DIVERSIFIES US INTO NEW PROCESSES & TECHNOLOGIES. FIRST PRODUCTION CONTRACT RFQ = £20- 30M PER ANNUM. C Brandauer & Co Ltd 11 CompEtE - JLR Single Lamination Bonding Process Laminated Stack
  • 12. BRANDAUER IS THE LEAD ON THIS PROJECT. GIVES BRANDAUER THE ABILITY TO ATTRACT CUSTOMERS FROM THE GROWING EV MARKET (JLR & EQUIPMAKE) GRANT INCOME OF £301,000. DEVELOPMENT OF A LAMINATION BONDNG SYSTEM (GLUING) THAT WILL BE UNIQUE TO BRANDAUER AND THE FIRST IN THE UK. GIVES US THE POSSIBILITY TO BRANCH OUT BEYOND EV MARKETS. A CHANCE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH ACADEMIA TO RESEARCH THIN GAUGE STAMPING LIMITS 1 YEAR PROJECT THAT IS 40% FUNDED BY INNOVATE UK DURING THE PANDEMIC C Brandauer & Co Ltd 12 DER – HV Stacks Rotor Stacks – Glued Bridge Gap Progression
  • 13. HUGE CAPEX RECOVERY FROM THIS PROJECT (£000’S). SAIETTA IS WORKING WITH EV OEMS TO PROVIDE BESPOKE ELECTRIC MOTORS . GRANT INCOME OF £684,000. THIS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY IN THE EARLY PHASES OF PRODUCTION. THIS PROJECT WILL BENEFIT FROM THE EXPERIENCE GAINED IN THE OTHER R&D PROJECTS. 30-MONTH PROJECT ALLOWS FOR IN- DEPTH PLANNING AND PRODUCTION OF INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES ONE OF BRANDAUER’S LARGEST PROJECTS BOTH FINANCIALLY AND IN SCOPE. C Brandauer & Co Ltd 13 Saietta Electric Motors – Produced at Saietta
  • 14. LARGEST COMPANY TO DATE THAT BRANDAUER HAS WORKED WITH THROUGH THE COMPETE PROJECT. FIRST PROJECT UNDERTAKEN THAT HELPED PRODUCE PPE TO ALLEVIATE SHORTAGES CAUSED BY THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC. 100% GRANT INCOME OF £74,000, MAINLY SUBSIDISING WAGES. PAID UP FRONT PRODUCTS ARE NOSE CLIPS THAT ARE USED IN FACE MASKS. FIRST PROJECT THAT WAS COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY ON 31/3/2021 GREW BRANDAUER’S REPUTATION IN THE MEDICAL FIELD. PROJECT WAS 100% FUNDED BY INNOVATE UK C Brandauer & Co Ltd 14 Quick Clip Nose Clips – Produced at Brandauer Nose Clip Application
  • 15. LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR FUTURE LAMINATION PROJECTS PRODUCT WAS PRODUCING AN ELECTRIC MACHINE THAT DELIVERS A MAGNETIC FIELD TO POWER A MOTOR. GRANT INCOME OF £26,000. 100% THEORETICAL INVESTIGATION INTO HIGH VOLUME STAMPING OF 0.35MM THICK STEEL GREW BRANDAUER’S REPUTATION AS A MANUFACTURER OF LAMINATED ELECTRICAL STEELS UK ALUMOTOR 2 IN FINAL STAGES OF APPR THE SECOND COMPETE PROJECT TO BE FINISHED SUCCESSFULLY. 70% OF THE PROJECT FUNDED BY INNOVATE UK. C Brandauer & Co Ltd 15 UK Alumotor Ricardo Electrical Steel Laminations – Produced for Ricardo
  • 17. Short Term C Brandauer & Co Ltd 17 More staff can be involved or be hired to take on more business as soon as projects are secured (apprentice involvement and dedicated R&D manager). Opportunities for more business with new customers as Innovate UK assists in the procurement of projects. Grows the business’s portfolio and pushes Brandauer to further diversify into new revenue streams and emerging sectors.
  • 18. Medium Term C Brandauer & Co Ltd 18 Experience gained on projects can be carried over to others, increasing the overall experience level of the Brandauer team and making future projects in the same area more efficient. Financial boosts from Innovate UK grants gives additional stable revenue streams (pandemic). Job security for engineers. Widening of networks and knowledge (academic engagement).
  • 19. Long Term C Brandauer & Co Ltd 19 New methods and technologies developed can be used to secure more business from similar industries once the projects are finished. Gives Brandauer the edge on innovation, as the projects allow for adaption to incoming trends, such as the rapid uptake of EVs. Gives access to world class project management tools and methods. Access to more significant funding (CAPEX - Property and Equipment). Growth – in new markets and territories.
  • 20. R&D carries inherent risk even with funding. No guarantee of successful exploitation. Value of partnerships only evident after project completion. Projects require a large amount of time investment (even before they are awarded). Blurred line between R&D and commercial exploitation. Being the project lead is demanding. C Brandauer & Co Ltd 20 Pitfalls and Disadvantages
  • 21. Advice 21 • Do not take project lead on first project. • Ask local universities about Innovate UK Collaborations. • Check out the Innovate UK website – (https://www.ukri.org/councils/innovate-uk/) • Find a project you can be a contributor to. • Start small (6 months-1 year). • High risk of failure does not mean avoid. • For biggest return - maximise cost to existing labour and existing capital usage. Minimise external costs.
  • 23. Welcome Address from Richard Parker Labour candidate West Midlands Metro Mayor and Chair of WM LFIG
  • 24. How to Make the Most of the Grants and Support for Manufacturers With Dr Richard Fallon
  • 25. Agenda • The Myths and Facts About Grants • Where are We with Grants • Local Grants • Innovate UK Grants and Loans • Putting it All Together
  • 26. Did you know there are Tens of millions available for West Midlands: ü Manufacturing ü Engineering ü Technology and it’s being renewed.
  • 27. The Myths (and Facts) Behind Grants
  • 28. Grants for Nothing or Everything
  • 30. Many businesses think… I am/ We are: • Too new • Too small • Too big to get a grant There are grants for all. Most are for SMEs.
  • 31. Grants don’t cover: Ø Start-up costs (usually) Ø Maintenance Ø General business expenses Ø Some types of marketing Ø Usual Professional fees Ø Your Pay or Wages Ø One big exception
  • 32. Grants can cover: ü New products/ services ü Market Development ü Capital Expenditure ü Office refurbishment ü Quality Improvement ü Coaching and consulting ü Training What if you want something else?
  • 33. Grant Limits Under De Minimis, you can receive up to £315k over 3 years. However, under General Block Exemption Regulations (GBER) certain things, like grants for R&D, are exempt.
  • 34. Where are we with grants?
  • 35. 1. All remaining EU funded grants and projects end on 30th June 2023 2. LEPs are closed or closing 3. Launch of Business Growth WM 4. Launch of the Shared Prosperity Fund 5. UK programmes We are Mid-Flight
  • 36. ü SPF (£2.6 bn) replaces the EU Structural Funds ü The Fund’s interventions will be planned and delivered by councils and mayoral authorities ü We have heard it will involve helping fewer businesses more ü The focus is on impact such as creating prosperity for the area and jobs, Levelling Up and ROI. Shared Prosperity Fund
  • 38. Birmingham and Shropshire This grant is for SMEs in the Birmingham City Council area and across Shropshire supports: ü Start-up (grants of £2,500 to £7,500) ü SMEs (grants of £5,000 to £100,000) The expectation is that most grants will be between £10,000 to £20,000. You must create a job within 6 months for each £10,000 grant.
  • 39. Birmingham and Shropshire ü Expanding and growing existing businesses ü Capital investment ü Developing new markets opportunities ü Innovation, including new product development ü An increase in the productive capacity of new and existing premises through new property builds, refurbishment etc. ü Digital projects
  • 40. Coventry Grants at 50% match for capital investment, relocation, developing new market opportunities, improving systems and processes. ü Start-up grants - £2,500 - £7,500 ü SME Capital grant - £2,500 - £25,000 They also offer non-financial support for management, business planning, IP, marketing, energy and sustainability etc.
  • 41. Warwickshire ü Capital items only –such as plant, machinery, equipment ü £5k - £35k grant Available ü Cover 30% of project costs ü Must create jobs ü Must have less than 50 employees
  • 42. Herefordshire 50% matched grants of up to £35,000 Can be used towards: ü Capital items that enable the business to introduce new (to the business) technologies or processes to be adopted ü Plant and machinery costs ü Equipment costs (not wheeled assets)
  • 43. Sandwell Matched grants of up to £20k to SMEs trading for over 2 years for: ü Relocation, expansion and growth ü Developing new market opportunities ü Promotional activities ü Innovation ü Low carbon/energy efficiency/waste management ü Improving systems and processes ü Capital investment
  • 44. Walsall ü This is a 50% matched grant ü Up to £25,000 in exceptional circumstances, usually £10,000 ü Can be used for capital or revenue items ü Not consultancy.
  • 45. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships ü Help you to develop your business, by solving a challenge your business is facing and so you become more competitive and productive. ü Part-funded by a grant. A typical KTP project delivers a package of support valued at around £80,000 to £100,000 per year. This includes the costs of: • The academic team and project consumables • The associates salary, • Mentoring, training and development as well as travel and subsistence A KTP typically pays 67% of project costs for SMEs. 50% for large companies. You can usually use R&D tax relief to recoup some of these costs.
  • 47. Facts ü Grants vary from £10,000 to £5m for R&D and other costs ü Can offer up to 100% of cost ü Competitive ü Regular competitions ü Time intensive
  • 48. We are seeing an increasing number of Innovate UK grant competitions and an increase in collaborative R&D grants There are also grants to help companies to reduce energy use etc. You can find everything here: https://apply-for-innovation- funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search Competitions
  • 49. The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) supports industrial sites with high energy use transition to a low carbon future. Grants for over £100,000 and up to: ü £14 million for energy efficiency ü £30 million for decarbonisation First application window closes on Friday 19 April 2024. Industrial Energy Transformation Fund
  • 50. Ø Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. The current one closes on 24th April. Ø It invests up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. Ø Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy. Smart Grants
  • 51. If your project’s duration is 6 to 18 months: Ø It must have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £500,000 Ø It can be single or collaborative If your project’s duration is 19 to 36 months: Ø It must have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £2 million Ø Be collaborative Smart Grants
  • 52. Ø Labour costs Ø Overhead costs- 20% of labour costs or breakdown Ø Material costs Ø Capital usage- cover use of capital assets Ø Subcontractor costs Eligible Costs for Smart Grants Ø Travel and subsistence Ø Training costs Ø Preparation of technical reports Ø Market assessment Ø Licensing in new technologies Ø IP costs
  • 53. Loans between £100,000 and £2 million for highly innovative late-stage R&D projects. They must be in one or more of the future economy areas: Ø Next-Generation Digital Technologies Ø Technology Families (advanced materials and manufacturing; AI, electronics, photonics etc.) Ø Net zero Ø Health and wellbeing Innovate UK Loans
  • 55. 1. Innovation Accelerators 2. Made Smarter 3. BEAS and Net Zero 4. Wolverhampton- ECMS and NBI 5. Green Advantage at Aston 6. Mini-KTPs Emerging Funded Support
  • 56. Maximum Benefit 1. Set your goal 2. Break it into stages 3. Map fully funded support 4. Map grants 5. Use KTPs for longer support
  • 57. 1. Discover all the grants and support available to your business plus support with your applications to ensure success. 2. Be introduced to new customers, strategic partners and suppliers. 3. Attend our social events and exhibit at our conferences and briefings for free. Join Us Today to: Click to join us today.
  • 58. Thank You for Your Time Dr Richard Fallon richard@TechnologySupplyChain.co.uk Phone: 0121 724 0701 Click to join us today.
  • 60. Prof. Paul Cadman- Group CEO of Steps To Work and Starting Point Recruitment Introduction
  • 61. Steps To Work is an employment support charity that believes those with the biggest barriers deserve the most help to build a better future. We help local people, many of whom face multiple barriers, find sustainable, rewarding, and meaningful jobs. We support unemployed residents across the West Midlands to build their confidence, gain new skills, face their challenges and ultimately obtain secure employment and financial stability. About Steps To Work
  • 62. StepsToWorkhasgenerated morethan£220minsocial impactoverthelastfiveyears We have been actively involved in supporting various local initiatives within the community. This includes providing essential food supplies to those in need through our local pantry at the Community Hub. Additionally, we have extended our support to other organisations such as Box Smart Elite, St Basils and Acorns Children's Hospice. Ourimpact
  • 63. Our Journey So Far... 1999 2002 2003 2005 2005 2011 2010 2009 2007 2006 2006 2006 2016 2018 2020 2020 Steps To Work Founded Starting Point Recruitment Founded Mobile JobZone Centre Bloxwich Employment Shop Opens New Deal for Communities Launches Prime Contractor for New Deal Programme DWP Work Programme Begins Walsall & Caldmore Shops Open Future Jobs Fun & Flexible New Deal Darlaston Jets Opens Walsall Council MV Contract Secured Wolverhampton Shop Opens BBO Bridges & Evolve Launch DWP Work & Health Programme Launch Black Country Futures Launch WHP JETS Begins 2021 DWP Restart Scheme Launches 2020 Official Gateway for DWP Kickstart Scheme 2022 Pleck Community Hub Opened
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  • 65. INDUSTRIES WE COVER EXECUTIVE & MANAGEMENT HOSPITALITY & CATERING EDUCATION AND TRAINING SECTOR CUSTOMER SERVICE MANUFACTURING & PRODUCTION PUBLIC SECTOR & GOVERNMENT
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  • 67. @WeAreSPR_ @Startingpointrecruitment @Starting Point Recruitment CONTACT US TODAY WE ARE RECRUITMENT. BUT ON A REALLY GOOD DAY
  • 68. Manufacturing Innovation and Growth Panel Johnathan Dudley Crowe UK Prof Paul Cadman STW and SPR Jon Williams Ryan Gareth Jones In-Comm Training
  • 69. Coffee Break Innovation Funding and Support Conference Organised in Partnership with: Supporting Partners: Download Your Agenda
  • 70. • Manufacturing Innovator of the Year • Engineering Innovator of the Year • Construction Innovator of the Year • Net Zero Innovator of the Year • Sustainability Innovator of the Year • Defence Innovator of the Year • Tech Innovator of the Year • Health Tech Innovator of the Year • Public Sector Innovator of the Year • Male Innovator of the Year • Female Innovator of the Year • Young Innovator of the Year • Manufacturing Innovation Champion • Technology Innovation Champion • Growth Innovation Champion • Innovation Thought Leader- Organisation • Innovation Thought Leader- Individual • New Innovation of the Year Nominations Open 15th March When: Friday 8th November Where: Eastside Rooms, Birmingham
  • 71. A Global Partner For Intelligent Lightweight Solutions Solutions which allow complex parts to be manufactured in a single pressing - adding lightness, saving weight and costs across a range of industry sectors.
  • 72. New markets - Venturing into Defence and Aerospace 2019 – Rebrand to SDE Technology. - First UK production license for the HFQ process. 2022 - Successful inclusion into the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme bid with Boeing and the AFRC for a new hot form Titanium process.
  • 73. New technology - Revolutionizing Business with AI - Integrating AI into our manufacturing processes for enhanced efficiency and precision. - Leveraging AI for market analysis and entry strategies into defence and aerospace. - Investing in AI driven research and development to stay ahead of industry trends.
  • 74. New ways of working - Leading with Proactivity - Anticipating industry shifts and customer needs to stay ahead of the curve. - Cultivating a culture of continuous improvement and agile response to challenges in conjunction with our AI projects. - Fostering partnerships and collaborations to leverage collective strengths. Joint business planning at the heart of our daily mindset.
  • 75. New direction - Charting the Future with Confidence - Poised for expansion into defence and aerospace, powered by AI and innovation. - Committed to maintaining agility and proactivity in all our endeavours. - Looking forward to shaping the future of UK manufacturing on the global stage. - Working hard through social media to raise the profile of our sector and make sure the next generation aspire to become the engineers of the future.
  • 77. Navigating Innovation Funding Jon Williams / Senior Director, Grants / Ryan
  • 78. Ryan provides trusted, up-to-date and expert advice in evaluating, securing & managing R&D funding incentives unlocking >£750m to date for UK innovators. INTEGRATED END-TO-END INNOVATIONFUNDINGSERVICES
  • 80. 81 INNOVATION FUNDING Grant Funding Research and Development Tax Relief Patent Box Capital Allowances Other Incentives
  • 81. 82 GRANTS & TAX CREDITS A Quick Introduction Tax Credits R&D Grants ● Retrospective – spend to receive ● Claim back ~20-25% eligible costs ● Funding in advance ● Typically 50-100% subsidy ● Pros: No Debt, No Equity, Non-restrictive ● Cons: Time-Consuming, Bureaucratic, Not a Quick-Fix!
  • 82. 83 TYPES OF GRANT FUNDING Capital vs R&D Grant Funding For capital expenditure typically to stimulate employment Most often distributed regionally Capital Grants R&D Grants For new and unique R&D projects with wider impacts Typically distributed nationally
  • 84. R&D Project Maturity R&D Tax Credits R&D Grants Patent Box SEIS EIS
  • 86. 87 UK R&D FUNDING BREAKDOWN What are the main incentives? UK Govt direct R&D Investment (£20bn by 2024/25 (1.1% GDP)) Aim: stimulate R&D investment of 2.4% GDP by 2027 Crudely 1/3 R&D Tax Credits; 1/3 UKRI; 1/3 Other Govt Source: Institute of Government 2022
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  • 89. How long does it take to get the money? 6-12 month process 3-12+ month process Post- Project Live Project Pre- Project TYPICAL TIMELINES: GRANTS & TAX CREDITS R&D Grants Tax Credits
  • 90. 91 Grant Funding Research and Development Tax Relief Patent Box Capital Allowances Other Incentives How do the different funding mechanisms interact with one another? INNOVATION FUNDING INTERACTIONS
  • 91. 92 FINALTAKEAWAYS Use non-dilutive funds strategically to drive innovation Be aware of the potential interplay between funding types Make sure it’s the right time and right funding option for you
  • 92. 93 THANK YOU Jon Williams Senior Director, Grants +44 1392 42860 Jon.williams@ryan.com
  • 93. This document is presented by Ryan, LLC for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, accounting, or other professional advice. “Ryan” and “Firm” refer to the global organisational network and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ryan International, each of which is a separate legal entity. © 2023 Ryan, LLC
  • 94. Revolutionising the Health Industry: Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing Company Introduction Presented By: Melissa Snover CEO/FOUNDER Strictly Confidential Strictly Confidential
  • 95. Strictly Confidential · Necessity is the Mother of all Invention 2010 Launched world’s first vegan allergen free gummy range 2014 Sold Goody Good Stuff to Cloetta PLC 2015 Launched world’s first FDA/FSA CS 3D food printer 2019 Rem3dy Health launched & Seed Round Complete My journey has been led by being unsatisfied with current market offerings and a burning desire to find a better way. 2020 Nourished Launched in UK (Jan) & US (Nov)
  • 96. Customised Curative Health Core & Kids Selling / Leasing Machines Licensing Excipient IPs Pharma Corps, CTOs, HOs TECHNOLOGY POWERHOUSE Corp Collabs NVR Hybridised Personalisation at Scale Alpha Site, Smethwick 400k/ day Low MOQs Ability to Develop lines for Micro Moment or Group Distributor Channel Retail Channels Marketplace Corp Collabs DTC & Collabs Uber Personalised Health & Nutrition Digbeth, Birmingham Strictly Confidential Oral & Skin Health Small Retailer Production Our Approach
  • 97. 13 Hardware Patents 3 Material Patents 8 Years of Development 5 Process Patents 2 TPS Operating System 2 Proprietary Algorithms Our Capability We have developed the first food safe full stack 3D printer systems for consumables with less waste, using only renewable resources, giving better quality control and higher traceability governance. Hybrid Manufacturing § Personalised or hybridized options available § Net Zero waste § Just In Time § Scalable § 100% In House § Made in the UK Products § Hyper Personalised to customer or Demographic § Short or Large Runs § Rapid product iterations & NPD Cycles § Sustainable packaging and delivery methods In-House Agility § Bespoke Proprietary Machinery 3D Production § GFSI Certified Food Production Facilities § Formulations, Design, Development & Packaging - all in House Formulations § Patented, hydrocolloid encapsulation technology § Dosage control & improved bioavailability § Shelf stable & cool gelling § High payloads with great taste 21 Patents In total Strictly Confidential ·
  • 98. Personalised, Plant based and Powered by Science. Delicious daily stacks for targeted delivery and high absorption Precision Nutrition, Layered for Life. Plant-based, Plastic Free & Powered by Science. Delicious daily nutrient stacks 3D printed with high impact ingredients for targeted delivery. 21
  • 99. Strictly Confidential · 5-HTP Apple Cider Vinegar Ashwagandha Extract Beetroot Beta Glucan BPL1 HT Careflow Mango Powder CoQ10 Cordyceps Folic Acid Ginger Extract Ginseng HydroCurc & Black Pepper Inositol Iodine Iron K2 Vital Delta LactoSpore Probiotic Lutemax 2020 Lycopene Maca Powder Milk Thistle Extract Nourished Greens Resveratrol Scutell’Up Selenium Silica Tart Cherry Vitamin D3 Vitamin A Vitamin B12 Vitamin C Vitamin E White Kidney Bean Zinc 35 NUTRIENTS 60b COMBINATIONS 18 FLAVOURS Our Method New Nutrients and Flavours can be added in 21 days or less.
  • 100. Strictly Confidential · Vegan/Vegetarian Sugar Free Made in the UK Plastic Free Packaging Dairy & Lactose Free Non-GMO Soy Free Nut Free No Artificial colours or flavours Gluten Free Our Products
  • 101. Our Agile NPD We can test new items and gain feedback in real time – creating strong real life data sets for product validation and mainstream market expansion. New ‘Life Stack’ in < 1hr Strictly Confidential · New ingredient options in under 3 weeks New Format Ranges in less than 10-12 weeks
  • 102. Top 50 Most Ambitious Business leaders 2020 Innovator Award Winner 2019 Disruptor of the year Winner 2020 Start-up Company of The Year 2019 Top 32 Female Entrepreneurs to look out for 2020 Best food tech Innovation 2019 KPMG Tech Innovator of the Year 2021 Midlands Champion Most innovative health- Focused food brand 2022 SXSW Start-up of the Year Finalist 2021 Regional Finalist 2021 Customer Service Bronze Award Winner 2022 2022 Regional Winner Gold Trusted Service Award 2021 The King’s Award Winner 2023 Strictly Confidential · Our Honours & Certifications F&B Manufacturer of the Year 2023
  • 103. Strictly Confidential Our Corporate Collaborations. About Nourished
  • 104. 10 5 Series B April 2023 Estimated Additional Funding of £10m = £15m making total round with Safe roll in a max of £25m NEXT • We have developed a high-volume production line for non- personalised retail products, consisting of a series of depositors along a conveyor line. • This significantly increases capacity whilst realising major cost efficiencies. • Capable of 120-140,000 stacks per 8hr. = >400k/day • Approx 280-300 stacks per minute. • Monthly amount in the region of 7.5-8mil stacks capacity. • Commissioned August – September • Live since October • Already produced over 40m units The New Line will make is possible for us to enter Retail and other large scale B2B channels in a sustainable way, growing the business and brand awareness in the process. Our New Retail line (‘NVR’)
  • 105. Strictly Confidential Our cobranded range of products launched in October 2023 in 3500 pharmacies in France and 1500 pharmacies in Italy. Since launch we have captured >10% share of the total VMS market, pushing past market leaders such as Lashille, Berocca and Arkopharma in less than 14 weeks, with category Capitan products in Energy and Detox vitamins. 10.8% 26.8% ms Strictly Confidential
  • 107. Be Confident & Passionate When raising capital, a bit of bullishness is expected & people invest in passion overall things Don’t underestimate the time it can take! Your seed round can take as long as 6 months, gets faster as you go up from there Practice, Revise, Update & Learn Every pitch is an opportunity to learn, optimise and improve. Seek Out & Find the Right Money Look for a variety of types & expertise areas in your syndicate choose people you want to work with for 5 years + (PITA SCORE) Know your Numbers! Know your key metrics Be cognizant of what investors are looking for – some want to see losses and more raises etc. Research and Network! Advisers, Banks, LinkedIn, Seed legals, Silicon Canal, Growth Hub & More… Strictly Confidential My Tips for Fundraising
  • 108. Your Title Your Title Your Title Your Title Your Title Lessons learned along the way. Project out into the world that which you would like to see reflected back at you. . Expect and Accept that doing something great takes hard work. There are no short cuts to true success. The Mirror Philosophy Win or Learn The Right Way & The Easy Way Hire People Better than You! Always in Beta Never Stop Learning Passion + Knowledge = Power When faced with bias – use the experience to fuel your fire to succeed and take full advantage ! Fuel Your Fire Every time you fail its an opportunity to learn and narrow down on the road to success. Surround yourself with People who are better than you and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
  • 109. Thank you for your time
  • 110. Innovation in Manufacturing Panel Chris Greenough SDE Technology Melissa Snover Nourish3d Rachel Eade MBE BCRRE Bill Welch Innovate UK Business Growth
  • 111. 5th March 2024 © WMG 2024 WMG SME Group Net Zero in Manufacturing: Net Burden, Net Curtain or Net Benefit? Dr Paul Milne Deputy Director of SME Engagement
  • 112. Journey to …- A timeline 1864 1959 1978 1989 2008 • Industrial revolution • Early version of period table was proposed • Golden age of technology • MOSFETs invented • Man made climate change recognised • Ban of CFC in aerosols in US • Fall of Lehman bank • Global financial collapse • Tesla Roadster launched • Montreal agreement on CFCs • 1st true mobile phone MicroTAC
  • 113. • Industrial GHG emissions are emissions that result from industrial processes • Industry is directly responsible for ≈ 23% of UK emissions directly (DESNZ) • Part of a complex system: • Net-zero is the legal obligation • Environmental sustainability is much broader than CO2 emissions • Achieving net-zero will require a systems approach • The right solutions must be put in the right places • Transition to net-zero is an opportunity: • 2 million “green collar jobs” by 2030 • Greenshoring of industry across the UK Net-Zero, Sustainability and Emissions,
  • 114. Net Burden Net Benefit Net Curtain A Journey to Net Zero
  • 115. Why act? • People o Are stretched enough already • Process o Will add more time and complexity • Product o Will increase costs, already squeezed enough • Profit o Government NZ policy already costing me o Clean air zones etc. • Partners (Market) o Not a big issue for our market Net Burden
  • 116. Why now? • People o Don’t have the skills and aren’t interested in change • Process o We do a bit that’s enough for now o New processes will only add complexity (and cost) o Where do you start anyway • Product o Customers are not demanding it now o No clear guidelines • Profit o Can’t afford to invest and get it wrong. • Partners (Market) o In the same boat so why stick your neck out o Government is rowing back, why shouldn’t we. Net Curtain
  • 117. • Institutional: o Difficulty in changing practices and policies o Explaining importance • Financial: o Cost of new technologies or R&D o Competing priorities • Technological: o What are the low emission alternatives available? o How are they made and where do they come from? • Knowledge: o What are emissions? What is net-zero? o Where can we go for answers? https://smeclimatehub.org/sme-survey-barriers-to-climate-action/ Barriers to Emissions Reduction
  • 118. Why not? • People o Do care o Improves wellbeing and recruitment • Process o Reduce energy, Reduce waste, reduce inefficiencies. • Product o Has added features that can be sold • Profit o Saves you money ‘carbon is cost’ o More OEMs are asking for evidence of sustainable practices • Partners (Market) o Differentiates me from my competitors Net Benefit
  • 119. Energy Business Energy Advice Service • Help to understand and reduce Industrial energy use • Targeted support for Energy Intensive manufacturing companies • >750 MWh pa • Or Energy >10% of total costs • Available to SMEs in West Midlands • Grants available Carbon Net Zero Innovation Network (WM) • Help to understand your carbon emissions • Net Zero strategy and planning • Innovation project • Cohort groups • Available to West Midlands Combined Authority only • Grants available Energy and Carbon
  • 120. Innovation Project Technical innovation project to implement positive environmental and economic change. Collaboration Event Expert speakers and workshops on sustainability topics that matter to your business Net Zero Readiness Assessment Online tool to assess how prepared your business is to meet net zero targets Net Zero Roadmap Support to generate a 10-year roadmap and action plan for your business to capitalise on further opportunities Best Practice Visit Observe sustainability innovations and best practice at UK manufacturing businesses Grant Funding £10,000-£100,000 to support the implementation of sustainability and energy efficiency projects and equipment Aim: A cohort brings together manufacturing businesses to: Gain knowledge Implement change Grow their business via sustainable manufacturing practices Who: The cohort is pre-funded through the shared prosperity fund for businesses who meet the below: Essential Criteria Small Medium Enterprise Based in the West Midlands Combined Authority area Preferable Criteria Manufacturers High CO2 emitters and energy users Bringing businesses together to discuss, learn and share best practices that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable” Net Zero Cohort Programme
  • 121. Pilot scheme with aim to understand and reduce industrial energy use. Business Energy Advice Service Industrial energy monitoring tools to monitor your energy usage analysis and breakdowns Energy line walk tools to monitor your energy usage to meet net zero targets Energy Roadmap Support to generate a 10-year roadmap and action plan for your business to capitalise on further opportunities to reduce energy Grant Funding £10,000-£100,000 to support the implementation of sustainability and energy efficiency projects and equipment Aim: Support for West Midlands: Audit energy use Offer grants to reduce energy Grow their business via energy reducing practices Who: Energy Intensive businesses Essential Criteria Small Medium Enterprise Based in the West Midlands Energy Intensive Criteria Manufacturers High energy users >750 MWhr/ pa OR >10% turnover
  • 122. Company wanted to reduce energy costs in the business. HVMC Conducted an Energy Value Stream Map and through monitoring data via low-cost energy clamps, they were able to create a bespoke energy calculator and make changes to their production schedule. Energy savings of up to 82% on some machines 46% energy savings across all production Energy costs overall reduced by 20% Investment in new electric machines and rapid action door Leadership and Next Generation Listertube Ltd
  • 123. Specialist vitreous enamelling company noticed that the heat escaping from their furnace when doors opened was burning the roof panels above and they wondered if anything could be done to divert this heat and use it elsewhere. HVMC collected data such as room dimensions and temperatures and simulated what thermal energy there was available to recover. Determined waste heat could be used to heat three drying rooms Helped company on pathway to reduce ALL reliance on natural gas Saving of over £11k per year and 23,000kgCO₂ Reduced energy consumption by 115,000kWh Leadership and Next Generation Kingfisher Enamelling
  • 124. Alucast Aluminium foundry and high energy user saw their electricity cost increase by 300%. They needed support to adjust their work model to reduce their consumption and identify inefficiencies. Four types of machine were monitored using energy monitoring equipment and shop floor practices were revised and improved using this data. Plans to upgrade furnaces could save 40% of energy usage Joined Net Zero programme to make further improvements Predicted savings of £78k over two-year period Reduced energy consumption by 19,000kWh over two years Leadership and Next Generation
  • 125. • Come say hello at our stand! • Email WMGSME@warwick.ac.uk • Fill in our enquiry form using the QR code • Follow us via @WMG business on LinkedIn! Contact: P.milne@warwick.ac.uk How to find out more:
  • 126. Harriet Muscroft Clean Futures Programme Lead Connected Places Catapult Supporting the West Midlands to be at the heart of the transport sector Green Industrial Revolution
  • 127. CLEAN FUTURES PROGRAMME Opportunity Collaborative working Regional focus Accelerator 40 SMEs Testing & Development Commercial Support Catalyst 800 organisations Building Networks Workshops, Events & Courses Sustainability A pioneering initiative aimed at driving economic growth and innovation in the West Midlands by supporting SMEs developing clean and sustainable solutions.
  • 128. ACCELERATOR CHALLENGES The challenges in this accelerator will be developed around the Very Light Rail and automotive manufacturing sectors, along with related supply chains Previous cohort challenges were: Greener EV components: Design or produce components which reduce embodied carbon across the vehicle lifecycle 1 Circular Economy of transport: Design or manufacture solutions to reuse or recycle batteries and other vehicle components 2 Road freight alternatives: Design or produce systems or sub-systems enabling alternatives to traditional road freight, including using existing infrastructure, facilitating multi-modal freight transportation and exploring shared transport solutions 3 Greener transport infrastructure: Design or produce cost-effective solutions for clean transportation infrastructure 4 Future Fuels: Produce, transport or store alternative fuels such as hydrogen, biofuels or synthetic fuels 5
  • 129. Gain access to front line innovation and industry insight that will accelerate your business. BENEFITS We’re excited to work with you! • Up to £50k cash contribution for development and testing • Commercial support to help your business grow • Insights from buyers and supply chain • Use of world leading test facilities from BCIMO and Coventry University • Join a community to forge new collaborations • Opportunity to showcase solutions to key industry stakeholders • Access to cutting edge research • Increase investment readiness, and the opportunity to network with investors • Respond to real world challenges from industry leaders
  • 130. TEST FACILITIES • 2.2km rail test track • 15m radius test loop • 870m long tunnel with test track • World first rail rapid charger, supporting up to 450kw • Split level platform • Mule vehicles • Mobility hub • E-mobility and clean growth • Manufacturing and materials • Design and human factors • Advanced systems BCIMO Coventry University
  • 131. ACCELERATOR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA To apply: o UK company address o TRL 5 or above o Demonstratable alignment to one of the challenges being addressed in this programme o Willingness to travel to face-face meetings in the West Midlands o Willingness to complete a development, testing or demonstration of your solution in a real or relevant environment, using BCIMO or Coventry University test sites. o Able to contribute an additional £50k in-kind match funding o West Midlands presence/impact
  • 132. CLEAN FUTURES CATALYST Creating a community, ensuring sustainability
  • 136. INTRODUCTION TO BCMO AND THE VLRNIC Name: • Olivia Brown Job Title: • Operations and Marketing Manager Organisation: • Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation Contact Details: • www.bcimo.co.uk • Olivia.Brown@bcimo.co.uk • 07769 586893
  • 137. INTRODUCTION TO BCIMO • Not-for-profit Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) • Operator of the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC)
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  • 139. Unique, purpose-built, world-class centre for innovation across the whole of the rail industry - particular focus on light (LR) and very light rail (VLR) Based in Dudley in the West Midlands - the heart of the Black Country Only one of its kind in the UK! Offers hireable facilities across four categories; Rail Development & Test Site (RDTS), Meeting and Event Spaces, Engineering Labs & Equipment, Serviced Offices & Meeting Rooms
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  • 141. Rail Development & Test Site (RDTS) comprises the ground floor Engineering Hall, together with the rail test track License exemption from ORR Offers an extensive range of facilities to support the development and testing of future rail technologies, including some unique to LR & VLR
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  • 144. Meeting and Event Spaces are based on Level 2 of the VLRNIC Venue offers a choice of 6 modern, hi-tech and flexible spaces, making it an ideal choice for meetings, training sessions, conferences / exhibitions and a range of other events or functions
  • 145. COG MODEL OF INNOVATION • Blueprint for innovation • Holistic approach • Looks at interconnectivity of key components that comprise system • Represented in a cog model – parts must turn together for new, emerging and existing industries to flourish • Is scalable - can apply to any industry, and innovations at the system or component level
  • 146. COG MODEL OF INNOVATION • Focus on Technologies of the Future...
  • 147. TECHNOLOGIES OF THE FUTURE CLEAN FUTURES Supporting the West Midlands’ transport sector to be at the heart of the green industrial revolution • Clean Futures programme activities map against Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) • Catalyst (1-4) • Accelerator (5-7) • Commercial Investment Hub (7-9)
  • 148. CLEAN FUTURES PROGRAMME CATALYST • Aim is to support the early research and development of clean tech innovations at TRLs 1-4, providing ongoing support throughout the programme and back into the cog model of innovation • Innovators will benefit from: • Bi-monthly networking at BCIMO • Best practice industry visits • BCIMO & CU based workshops based on best practice themes • Online masterclasses to provide in-depth insights • BCIMO & CU based challenge support workshops to prepare potential applicants for Cohort 2 of the Accelerator Empowering the foundations of your sustainability journey *Full events plan coming soon – register your interest to be notified - www.bcimo.co.uk/contact/contact-us
  • 149. CLEAN FUTURES PROGRAMME ACCELERATOR Accelerating the development and testing of your sustainable innovations • Aim is to support and accelerate the development and testing of clean tech innovations at TRLs 5-7 • Innovators will benefit from: • Up to £50K in funding to develop and test their innovative solutions • Access to our Rail Development & Test Site (RDTS), a dedicated Clean Futures collaboration area and private meeting room • An engineering support package • A commercial support package • A promotional media package • A range of networking and showcasing events, including end of year Demonstration Day *Applications for Cohort 2 open soon – register your interest to be notified - www.bcimo.co.uk/contact/contact-us
  • 150. THE CLEAN FUTURES PROGRAMME – COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT HUB Supporting the commercialisation of your sustainable innovations • Aim is to support the demonstration and commercialisation of clean tech innovations at TRLs 7- 9 • Innovators will benefit from: • A bespoke modular-based plan - developed following initial needs assessment • Specialised commercialisation support • Access to our Rail Development & Test Site (RDTS) and Meeting and Event Spaces for technology demonstration and showcasing events • Profiling on BCIMO’s private commercial platform alongside Route to Market Partners, Stakeholders, and Investors *Further details to be announced soon – register your interest to be notified - www.bcimo.co.uk/contact/contact-us
  • 151. t // 07769 586893 e // olivia.brown@bcimo.co.uk w // www.bcimo.co.uk
  • 152. Lunch at the Innovation Funding and Support Conference Organised in Partnership with: Supporting Partners: Download Your Agenda
  • 153. Welcome Back Richard Fallon CEO of the Technology Supply Chain Connecting manufacturing, engineering and technology companies with grants, fully funded support and new opportunities.
  • 154. Afternoon Agenda 13:20 My 40 Years of Innovation-Charlie Blakemore 13:40 WMHTIA- Prof Liam Grover 14:00 WMHTIA Panel 14:30 Tea Break 14:45 Maximise the Support for Your Business- Dr Richard Fallon and Venetia Hulse 15:05 Introducing Innovate UK Business Growth- Deepak Pathak 15:20 Innovation in Business Panel 15:45 STEAMhouse: Making Innovation Happen 16:00 Close
  • 156. CHARLIE BLAKEMORE Intercity Technology Chief Executive Officer 2018-Present BAE Systems Managing Director – Global Combat Systems 1983-2017 Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Non-exec board member 2022-Present Pictured: Receiving the lifetime achievement award for innovation in 2022 (Edgbaston)
  • 157. HUMBLE BEGINNINGS 1983 Charlie Joins BAE systems as a technical apprentice. Working with advanced manufacturing technologies, including: • Friction Welding • Armour Plate Laser Cutting • Plasma Arc Cutting • Robotic Welding • Additive Materials • CAD CAM • Advanced use of CNC Machining
  • 158. GAME-CHANGING INNOVATIONS 1980s Works on breakthrough technologies during his time in the Land sector, eventually taking the role of Managing Director. • Advanced ammunition: Minimising collateral damage for the M777 howitzer • Armoured vehicles: Advanced protection with explosive reactive armour • RFI signature: Reducing vehicle signature
  • 159. GOING INTO MARITIME 2011-2014 Oversees BAE Systems Maritime industry as Business & Transformation Director. Innovating the manufacturing process Building a culture to engage a heavily unionised workforce, increasing efficiency. Overseeing the development of Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier, Type 45 & Type 46 Destroyers. • Advanced robotic welding • Virtual Reality • 3D CAD Drawing • Computerised Assembly
  • 160. TAKING TO THE SKIES 2014-2016 Continues to lead the group forward, taking the role of Operations, Projects & Transformation Director Cutting edge innovations in fully autonomous fighter jets, virtual cockpits and advanced systems for pilots. • Tempest • F-35 Lightning • Eurofighter Typhoon • Hawk
  • 161. JOINING INTERCITY 2018-PRESENT Joins Intercity as Chief Operations Officer, then as Group Managing Director, and as of February 2024, Chief Executive Officer. Leading award-winning customer service and innovations as Intercity sees remarkable year on year growth; • Growing cybersecurity division and launching cyber assessment framework • Bringing artificial intelligence and automation into the workplace • Driving tech to support innovations in medicine, automotive, critical infrastructure and more.
  • 163. TECH INNOVATIONS FROM THE SPACE RACE • Camera Phones (1990 – JPL, developed for cameras small enough to fit on spacecraft) • Scratch resistant lenses • CAT Scans • LEDs • Water Purification (1960s Apollo crew) • Home insulation (aluminised polyester) • Baby formula • Artificial Limbs • The computer mouse (1960s) • Portable computer – SPOC • Cordless Devices • Breathing masks • Polymer Fabric (1950s)
  • 164. “Keep in mind that progress is not always linear. It takes constant course correcting and often a lot of zigzagging.” BUZZ ALDRIN
  • 165. We’ll help your people Do More by expanding your IT capabilities and providing a safe pair of hands, when and wherever you need us. DO MORE • Communications Cloud & Security Managed IT Services
  • 166. West Midlands Health Tech Innovation Accelerator
  • 167. Overview of the Healthcare Technologies Institute and West Midlands Health Tech Innovation Accelerator Professor Liam M Grover | Professor of Biomaterials Science | Director of the Healthcare Technologies Institute & West Midlands Health Tech Innovation Accelerator
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  • 169. We are part of a campus focused on Healthcare and Life Science
  • 170. The mission of the HTI “To help academics, industry and clinicians to generate impact from their research in the Healthcare Technology Sector. To provide a focus for medical innovation on campus” Originally funded by an internal investment of £2.5m, the HTI established 1200m2 of high-quality lab-space in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, enabling clinical engagement. The HTI has now levered in excess of £50m, to make it a centre of excellence in the translation of medical technology to the clinic.
  • 171. We consider all aspects of the development of a medical technology Medical Device Industrial Push Clinical Pull Intellectual Property Manufacturing considerations Regulation Cost One of few labs in the country able to make its own products for testing
  • 172. 2. To raise income to accelerate medical translation £34 million of research funding to date Levering research funding to enable translation
  • 173. West Midlands Health Tech Innovation Accelerator
  • 174. WMHTIA Panel Prof Liam Grover UOB Ben Roberts Medilink Sian Dunning UHB Thorsten Kampmann The MTC Junaid Arsahd UCB
  • 175. Afternoon Break Innovation Funding and Support Conference Organised in Partnership with: Supporting Partners: Download Your Agenda
  • 176. How to Maximise the Grants and Support for Businesses With Dr Richard Fallon and Venetia Hulse
  • 177. Agenda • The Myths and Facts About Grants • Where are We • Local Grants • Innovate UK Grants and Loans • DIATOMIC • Putting it All Together
  • 178. The Myths (and Facts) Behind Grants
  • 179. Grants for Nothing or Everything
  • 181. Many businesses think… I am/ We are: • Too new • Too small • Too big to get a grant There are grants for all. Most are for SMEs.
  • 182. Grants don’t cover: Ø Start-up costs (usually) Ø Maintenance Ø General business expenses Ø Some types of marketing Ø Usual Professional fees Ø Your Pay or Wages Ø One big exception
  • 183. Where are we with grants?
  • 184. 1. All remaining EU funded grants and projects end on 30th June 2023 2. LEPs are closed or closing 3. Launch of Business Growth WM 4. Launch of the Shared Prosperity Fund 5. UK programmes We are Mid-Flight
  • 186. WM SME Grant This grant is for SMEs in the Birmingham City Council area and across Shropshire supports: ü Start-up (grants of £2,500 to £7,500) ü SMEs (grants of £5,000 to £100,000) The expectation is that most grants will be between £10,000 to £20,000. You must create a job within 6 months for each £10,000 grant.
  • 187. WM SME Grant Can Be Used for: ü Expanding and growing existing businesses ü Capital investment ü Developing new markets opportunities ü Innovation, including new product development ü An increase in the productive capacity of new and existing premises through new property builds, refurbishment etc. ü Digital projects
  • 188. Coventry Business Support Programme Grants at 50% match for capital investment, relocation, developing new market opportunities, improving systems and processes. ü Start-up grants - £2,500 - £7,500 ü SME Capital grant - £2,500 - £25,000 They also offer non-financial support for management, business planning, IP, marketing, energy and sustainability etc.
  • 189. Warwickshire ü Capital items only –such as plant, machinery, equipment ü £5k - £35k grant Available ü Cover 30% of project costs ü Must create jobs ü Must have less than 50 employees
  • 190. Herefordshire 50% matched grants of up to £35,000 Can be used towards: ü Capital items that enable the business to introduce new (to the business) technologies or processes to be adopted ü Plant and machinery costs ü Equipment costs (not wheeled assets)
  • 191. Sandwell Matched grants of up to £20k to SMEs trading for over 2 years for: ü Relocation, expansion and growth ü Developing new market opportunities ü Promotional activities ü Innovation ü Low carbon/energy efficiency/waste management ü Improving systems and processes
  • 192. Walsall ü This is a 50% matched grant ü Up to £25,000 in exceptional circumstances, usually £10,000 ü Can be used for capital or revenue items ü Not consultancy.
  • 193. BetaDen Tech Accelerator Applications close tomorrow but this award- winning accelerator will re-open offering: ü £10,000 Proof Of Concept Grant ü £2,000 marketing funding ü Access to specialist mentors offering dedicated 1-to-1 advice and guidance specific to your growth strategy ü Ongoing support for your personal development as an entrepreneur including coaching, training & workshops ü Dedicated free office space at the Malvern Hills Science Park ü Access to BetaDen's extensive technology network
  • 194. 1. Help to Grow 2. Innovate UK Business Growth 3. Made Smarter 4. Net Zero Grants 5. Catapults and Innovation Accelerators offering support and grants UK-Wide Programmes
  • 196. Facts ü Grants vary from £10,000 to £5m for R&D and other costs ü Can offer up to 100% of cost ü Competitive ü Regular competitions ü Time intensive
  • 197. We are seeing an increasing number of Innovate UK grant competitions and an increase in collaborative R&D grants There are also grants to help companies to reduce energy use etc. You can find everything here: https://apply-for-innovation- funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search Competitions
  • 198. Ø Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. The current one closes on 24th April. Ø It invests up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. Ø Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy. Smart Grants
  • 199. If your project’s duration is 6 to 18 months: Ø It must have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £500,000 Ø It can be single or collaborative If your project’s duration is 19 to 36 months: Ø It must have total eligible project costs between £25,000 and £2 million Ø Be collaborative Smart Grants
  • 200. Ø Labour costs Ø Overhead costs- 20% of labour costs or breakdown Ø Material costs Ø Capital usage- cover use of capital assets Ø Subcontractor costs Eligible Costs for Smart Grants Ø Travel and subsistence Ø Training costs Ø Preparation of technical reports Ø Market assessment Ø Licensing in new technologies Ø IP costs
  • 201. Loans between £100,000 and £2 million for highly innovative late-stage R&D projects. They must be in one or more of the future economy areas: Ø Next-Generation Digital Technologies Ø Technology Families (advanced materials and manufacturing; AI, electronics, photonics etc.) Ø Net zero Ø Health and wellbeing Innovate UK Loans
  • 204. Programme Info • 5-10 SMEs will be taken on a one-week visit to India (likely to visit 2 cities) • Flights and accommodation costs will be covered • Visit will include business meetings & showcasing opportunities • SMEs will receive business support & coaching to prepare them for the visit • SMEs need to be based in the West Midlands • Sector focus of Clean Tech (more detail will be shared at application launch) • SMEs need to have an ambition to grow their businesses in India & a good fit with the sector & market (more info to be shared later)
  • 205. Global ACCELERATOR ROADMAP APPLICATIONS OPEN JUNE SME ONBOARDING AUGUST IMMERSION IN INDIA DESIGN & PLAN FEB - MAY SME SELECTION JULY PROGRAMME LIVE SEPTEMBER EVALUATION MARCH 2025
  • 206. Maximum Benefit 1. Set your goal 2. Break it into stages 3. Map fully funded support 4. Map grants 5. Use KTPs for longer support
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  • 209. Innovate UK Business Growth Bespoke support that grows & scales innovative businesses. Innovate UK Business Growth formerly known as Innovate UK EDGE is part of the UK’s innovation agency, we enable innovation-driven businesses to grow at pace and deliver on their industry and society- transforming ambitions. We help established innovative small to medium sized businesses with great potential to identify the most effective strategy to accelerate their business’ growth and maximise their potential. And we aim to give them the access to the resources to deliver, from IP expertise to investor networks and international partnerships.
  • 210. Exploit Innovation 59 Our specialists help SMEs generate, manage and commercialise ideas more rapidly, ensuring more of the businesses we fund (and some that we don’t) have the means to grow and scale, through: • Targeted assessment of client needs. • Developing a strong innovation culture and introducing techniques to breed innovative ideas to drive growth. • Adapting business models to exploit intellectual assets (e.g. IP Audits) through continuous innovation. • Ensuring market readiness (validating technology, identifying value propositions, understanding market potential and building marketing strategies).
  • 211. Source Funding & Finance If securing funding and finance is pivotal to your growth, our Innovation and Growth Specialists can help you to develop an approach and understand the options available to you. And we can help you identify regional and national connections to realise your ambitions. Invest – ability intensive training and The Pitch Panel • Invest-ability training provides rigorous, structured training in the fundamentals of investment readiness, as well as the opportunity to practice your pitch with your peers and an investor panel. • The Pitch Pannel offers exposure to real investors for constructive and confidence-building feedback on your pitch, as part of the Invest-ability investment readiness pathway. Post investment support • Clients who receive investment can also benefit from the right post-investment support from their innovation and growth specialist to equip them for onward travel to corporate finance, M&A and IPOs, capitalising on our close relationships with partners such as the London Stock Exchange. • You may also be suitable for The Scaleup Programme, for specialised support around Series A fundraising and beyond.
  • 212. Enter New Markets We offer innovation-driven businesses several ways to build their knowledge of and presence in key global markets, including through developing R&D and innovation collaborations and helping to find potential end users or cand partnerships customers. • Our specialists provide access to comprehensive and tailored advice covering both the UK and international markets. They build on a heritage of collaboration with the Enterprise Europe Network, the most extensive association of innovation and growth support organisations around the world. • Specially designed Innovate UK initiatives, supported by our specialists, help you to learn about specific international markets in person and build business relationships there, for example, the Global Business Innovation Programme and Global Incubator Programme.
  • 213. Funding calls Here are some examples of funding calls that are now live • APC25: Industrialising net zero automotive technology. • Eureka Quantum collaborative R&D Multilateral 2024. • Diet and health innovation: Early-stage feasibility projects. Eligibility requirements can vary and are fully explained online There are also webinars that support the applications We are here to help you with any questions and support your applications
  • 214. International Support Here are some examples of International Support GBIP in Hyderabad and Bangalore, India - Antimicrobial Resistance, diagnostics Application deadline: 10th April 2024 Pre-visit briefing: 8-9th May 2024 Innovation visit: 22nd June – 29th June 2024 Post-Exploitation workshop: 20th August 2024 GBIP in South Korea - Advanced Manufacturing Closing date for application: 28th March 2024 GBIP in Canada - Ocean Technology Closing date for application: 24th March 2024 Horizon and EEN Support
  • 215. @IUK_Mids Innovate UK Midlands Innovate UK www.innovateukedge.ukri.org Avalon Adjei-Maison Innovation & Growth Specialist Innovate UK Business Growth 07815952456 Avalon.Maison@innovateukedge.ukri.org
  • 216. Innovation In Business Panel Deepak Pathak Innovate UK Naomi Nash Tech WM Inez Brown IoD Dan Evans BEC Simon Spink WMCA
  • 218. We’re an award winning centre for collaborative innovation
  • 219. “UK businesses that innovate, grow at twice the rate of those that don’t” Intellectual Property Office, Innovation and growth report, Oct 2022. (That’s why we’re on a mission to support our economy to grow and prosper through innovation)
  • 220. We MAKEinnovation happen - by providing workspace, support, training and technology to help you skill up, build, learn and grow
  • 221. Our ecosystem of Businesses, Organisations, Start-ups, Entrepreneurs, Creatives, Academics &Government enables collaborative innovation to maximise scope, scale and impact.
  • 222. Pooling ideas from a diversity of perspectives can make the difference between market under &outperformance
  • 223. Our Products &Services Our products and services help to drive open innovation and build capacity in others. Innovation Services Membership Short Courses Venue Hire Events & Networking Creating a collaborative culture for innovation iskey
  • 224. Innovation Services Sprints &challenge events Service, strategy &product development Accelerators Skills development Innovation Away Days Off-site innovation space We provide design and development, guidance and space to create and deliver a tailored Open Innovation program with you.
  • 225. “Asweprogresstowards Net Zero,howmight wereduce embodied carbon in the Built Environment?” “How might weenable a smooth transition from fossil fuels to low carbon clean heating in residential properties?” “How might communities be empowered to participate and take ownership of retrofit schemesto tackle fuel poverty?” STEAM Challenge Event Heat Pump Technologies
  • 227. Luke Strikland – Mott Macdonald “The STEAM Sprint helped us to collaborate in thinking about drivers of change, and how that will affect our services. The outputs of the sessions influenced our regional business planning as well as our staff development approach.”
  • 228. JackCornes – Hausbots "We use STEAMhouse to make changes to our prototypes using expensive kit that we can’t get elsewhere. If you're making a product, you don’t want to be doing it anywhere else in Birmingham!’’
  • 229. JamesSherwin-Smith - TABBx “The testing sessions at STEAMhouse with our target audience were invaluable in validating some early hypotheses as well as highlighting changes and improvements ahead of launching the product to the general public.”
  • 230. JennyPierpoint- Retrofit Academy "We collaborated with STEAMhouse for stakeholder engagement to develop our action plan. Their professionalism ensured seamless planning, facilitation, and analysis, allowing us to focus solely on content. STEAMhouse's excellent facilities further enhanced our experience."
  • 231. BNP Paribas The Innovation Lab is an 8 month programme, managed end-to-end by STEAMhouse, enabling collaboration between BNP Paribas Personal Finance and solution providers at key moments. Expedite the development of innovative ideas poised to revolutionise the banking and financial sector. 1. Challenge Articulation 2. Challenge Promotion 3. Selection 4. Development Sprint 5. Demo day
  • 233. Why We accelerate digital innovation with expertise, equipment, community, and collaborative spaces at STEAMhouse. Unlike others, we work with you to solve problems and develop digital enterprise solutions, supported by a nationwide network of multidisciplinary experts. Whether at our hub or with distributed teams, we're here to provide tailored, provider-agnostic solutions aligned with your needs, to help you successful.
  • 234. Once your opportunities are clearly understood, work with our STEAM team to clearly define your roadmap to implementation then plug into our bespoke network of digital experts to build your solution. Build With Us Clearly define your new opportunity and work with digital experts to move towards development and implementation. Services Test With Us Test with user groups, enhance usability, identify potential issues, and refine features to deliver a successful digital experience. Once your moving towards your solution now is the time to engage in user testing and workshops to analyze insights, exploring user behaviors, preferences, and needs for informed product enhancement and development strategies. A bespoke program of accelerated digital product modernization through hands on exploration with kit & solutions alongside collaborative design sprints to modernize, optimize, your digital solutions. Explore With Us Delve into the art of the possible with new and emerging digital technology, and understand its opportunities in your work.
  • 235. Growth Lab. 20+ Desk Incubator for digital SMEs to scale up and grow from seed funding , product launch to expansion. Create Lab. Featuring all the latest kit and equipment, our technology showroom is designed to showcase the art of the possible and be the space where you get the work done! Sound Lab. Ambisonics studio for cutting- edge auditory experimentation in a soundproof space.
  • 236. Our Network Join forces with us and our extensive cross- sector network of digital specialists to build your digital. Understand what's possible, chart your journey, and assemble your team of experts to get the job done. Using our open innovation accelerator processes, we make the whole journey completely transparent. Unlike others, we are technology and supplier-agnostic. Our only interest is to see you innovate to your full potential, and we are along for the ride.
  • 237. Jim ScaleUp | Startup | Investment | Fundraising | Fundraising Strategy Derek AR | SLAM | LiDAR | Mixed Reality | Photogrammetry Mark Games Design | Software Development | Motion Capture Meet The Team Leon Tech and Financial Regulation | Blockchain | Digital Assets | Cyber | Governance | Harry Programme Lead | Innovation | Architecture | Futures | Design Thinking | User-Centered Design Andrew User Experience Design | Artificial Intelligence | Interaction Design Ian Digital Innovation | XR & Immersive | Strategic Support | Creative Consultancy Georgia | Immersive Experiences | Virtual and Augmented Reality | Set Design | Interactive. Cessiah ESG | Crypto | Policy | EmergingTech | Venture Capital
  • 239. Thanks for Attending All the notes will be on the below link Organised in Partnership with: Supporting Partners: Download Your Agenda