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Innovation Network

We have introduced hundreds of companies to our expertise, knowledge and facilities through our Innovation Network.

We hold a series of free events throughout the year, covering topics on innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship. These events provide a great opportunity to connect with our expertise and with local business people, and to hear inspirational, thought-provoking speakers.

In response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are planning online events and will be adding relevant information and links soon.

To stay up-to-date with relevant coronavirus (COVID-19) funding opportunities and business support guidance, please sign up to our membership and choose to be added to our mailing list.

Audience at an Innovation Network event

We have circa 1,800 members consisting of business people from a wide range of industries,  companies and organisations as well as academics. Around 70% of our members are local small and medium-sized enterprises. The remainder are from business support organisations and academia.

Our events are usually held in the early evening for around 80 people, followed by a light buffet supper and networking.

Become a member

Some members come to every event; some come to just one a year. Some come primarily to network; others to hear specific speakers or topics only.

Membership, as well as attendance at our events, is completely free.

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The best networking and ideas forum I've ever been to. The guest speaker gave me the inside track on creating a culture of innovation and on turning ideas into actions. Just as avaluable were the like-minded contacts I made. We really sparked ideas off each other.

Stuart Woodhead CEO, Invitron Limited