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Worcestershire Business Central

18 June 2019

Worcester Warriors, Sixways Stadium, Worcester WR3 8ZE

What's Happening

Bringing together the brightest, best and most inspiring innovators and businesses from across Worcestershire for a packed day of creativity, collaboration and innovation.

Alongside our talks and workshops you will find plenty of networking opportunities, interviews and panels to engage with or just bring your laptop along and co-work with Worcester’s thriving creative & tech community at The Kiln pop up.

The day also includes

  • Assisted Living Zone from Worcester Telecare
  • Meet the buyer at Findit in Worcestershire
  • Packed day full of workshops and seminars
  • Check out the Game of Zones area
  • Industry experts interviewed live on stage
  • The latest Tech & Innovation- including the WINN Robot
  • Winn Wednesday (on a Tuesday!)
We can’t wait to see you, let’s make Great Things happen!

Programme

06:45 - 09:30

Finditin Worcestershire Breakfast Meeting (£15 + VAT)

Meet the Buyer

The use of assistive technology within social care environments is fast becoming of interest to the care market and covers a range of electronic equipment and services that can help people with physical, sensory or mental health difficulties continue to live safely and independently at home. 

Plenty of organisations now look at using assistive technology to great effect in schemes like new housing to care for people with dementia and supported living accommodation.

Accord Housing Group, WM Housing Group, Sanctuary Care and Worcestershire County Council - Adult Social Care confirmed as buyers

Find it Buyers
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09:30 - 17:00

Inspiring and enlighting workshops, seminars and fun activities (FREE)

Innovation Rules! Something for everyone, a day filled with inspiring and enlightening workshops - be sure to book now to secure your place!

Alongside our talks and workshops you will find plenty of networking opportunities, interviews and panels to engage with or just bring your laptop along and co-work with Worcester’s thriving creative & tech community at The Kiln pop up.

Innovation Workshops available (FREE)

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Business Development and IP [Click here]

'The Big Bang Theory' - How to assess your big idea?

Peter Daniel - Blue Orchid

10:30 - 11:30
Workshop in Box 10 / FREE to attend

So, you have a great idea but how do I know it will work? We will discuss ways to establish if your idea has true potential, including the use of Social Media to mine information.


Places Available : 12
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How service team members can improve and innovate?

Alan C Clark - Key Business Improvement

13:30 - 14:30
Workshop in Box 5 / FREE to attend

Improve and innovate your service user experience by releasing the untapped knowledge and potential of creativity in your teams. This is a participative session with attendees able to take part in a scenario.


Places Available : 12
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Intellectual Property 101

Stuart Price - Thursfields Solicitors

15:30 - 16:30
Workshop in Box 4 / FREE to attend

All businesses own some form of intellectual property, but many don't know it. Even those that think they own IP don't necessarily know what they need to do to protect it and commercialise it. As a result businesses are exposed to the risk of others stealing their property and exploiting it for their own gain. In this seminar, Stuart will help you identify the IP in your business, share how it can be better protected, and explain ways in which you can make money from it.


Places Available : 12
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Customer pain killers - are we treating the right condition?

Stephen Ward-Smith - Malvern Panalytical

15:30 - 16:30
Workshop in Box 9 / FREE to attend

It is very easy when developing a product or a service to develop what you think the market needs. Sometimes you are right but sometimes you are not and launch something which not realise the value available to you and the customer or, at worst, flops. So, how can we understand the customer's condition and actually deliver and innovative solution which not only addresses their pain but enables them to gain unexpected benefits? This workshop will consider possible approaches, including some worked examples and an opportunity to consider one of your own market opportunities.


Places Available : 12
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Cyber, Tech and AI [Click here]

Digital Innovation for the next reality

Mick Hurst - Areca Design

10:30 - 11:30
Workshop in Box 5 / FREE to attend

Explore the world of Augmented Reality, how to connect with the digital demographic - using the power of the mobile devices that everyone has in their pockets.


Places Available : 12
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Prepare a Risk Register for your business

Steve Borwell - Fox

10:30 - 11:30
Workshop in Box 11 / FREE to attend

This interactive workshop will help the delegates prepare a Risk Register for their business. Steve will facilitate this session, and risks will be debated including Cyber Security, Digital Innovation, People (recruitment & retention), Finance BREXIT etc. Steve' goal is to get Cyber Security on the board level agenda. Each delegate will take away a Risk Register, and the actions for their business for prevention (mitigation) and containment (damage limitation) of each risk.


Places Available : 12
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'5G in Context'

Rob Harrison - Alchemy Wireless

13:30 - 14:30
Workshop in Box 4 / FREE to attend

Why do we need 5G, how is it different from older G's and how is it going to change the world?


Places Available : 12
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Shrinking your Meccano set - Nanotechnology & its progression

Dr Gregory Ashley - Worcester Scientific

13:30 - 14:30
Workshop in Box 10 / FREE to attend

Why can't you shrink your Meccano set to the nanoscale? An introduction to nanotechnology and its progression to the modern day, with a focussed discussion on commercial use cases and the development of nano-sensors in Worcestershire.


Places Available : 12
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Blockchain is a business disruptor

Dr Adrian Burden - BlockMark Technologies

15:30 - 16:30
Workshop in Box 10 / FREE to attend

Gain an understanding of blockchain technology and the role of crypto-currencies, non-fungible tokens, and smart contracts, all of which are likely to impact the future of your business. This workshop will introduce you to some key blockchain concepts and how they apply in the real world.


Places Available : 12
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Energy and The Environment [Click here]

The future of Sustainability

Anna Bright - Sustainability West Midlands

15:30 - 16:30
Workshop in Box 2 / FREE to attend

A session encouraging us all to consider how we can operate more sustainably for the benefit of our environment, our communities and our economy. What can your business do to make a difference, and what support can you access to make it happen?


Places Available : 12
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'The nature cure' - How access to nature and green spaces can boost physical and mental health

Dan Martyr

15:30 - 16:30
Workshop in Box 11 / FREE to attend

This workshop will look at how increasing contact and interaction with the natural world through biophilic design can help increase happiness and well-being.


Places Available : 12
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Funding and Finance [Click here]

Getting HMRC to fund your business growth

Tim Pearce - Haines Watts

10:30 - 11:30
Workshop in Box 9 / FREE to attend

Rewarding Innovation & Development, if the government changed the name 'R&D Credits' to 'Improvement Credits' or 'Progression Credits', I am sure that more eligible businesses would make a claim. The truth is, to qualify for R&D tax relief, activity must simply seek to attain appreciable improvement to products, services or process and can apply to any sector. Much of this is fundamental to what business do but many owners overlook the potential for a claim as they see the activity as just a necessary part of growing their business growth.


Places Available : 12
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We're making how much money!?

Ian Richards - IDR Consultants

10:30 - 11:30
Workshop in Box 2 / FREE to attend

The importance of "knowing the number" in your business. Know which parts of your business are performing well and which are not.


Places Available : 12
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Social Media / Marketing [Click here]

It's the end of the world - but at least we can run some effective Ads until then!

Rich Brown - Head of Digital Marketing at Quick by Design

10:30 - 11:30
Workshop in Box 3 / FREE to attend

Paid ads on social media is one of the most cost effective ways to promote your business. The targeting you can do is unbelievably sophisticated, but more importantly is available for everyone to use. In this presentation Rich will guide you through the world of social media paid ads and how you can maximise its effectiveness - before we are all swallowed up in a data apocalypse!

FULLY BOOKED

Get your customers to swipe right!

Emma May White & Esther Partridge-Warner - Real World Coaching & Online Media Works

10:30 - 11:30
Workshop in Box 1 / FREE to attend

Awesome duo Esther and Emma here to help you understand DISC behaviours and how to use them to increase your social media reach and engagement.
PowerPoint free zone, swiping fingers at the ready!


Places Available : 20
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Hyperlocal, Generation Z and Content shock, what you need to know

James Vincent - Hot Source Creative

13:30 - 14:30
Workshop in Box 2 / FREE to attend

Are you a local business wanting to push your market further? Want to create ROI without breaking the bank? There are more ways than you think! Digital marketing can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Learn the knowledge and tools you need to not only survive in this rapidly evolving market but thrive! James will be sharing with you his latest techniques, methods and best tips you need to stand out from the crowd today.


Places Available : 12
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Crossing the Chasm - How to successfully bridge the gap between your idea & the market

Gavin Allen - Glideology

13:30 - 14:30
Workshop in Box 11 / FREE to attend

Developing technology has always been challenging and there is a well-known and understood gap that has to be crossed. There are also many additional pitfalls in delivering a solution that is both suitable and robust enough for the intended application and fit-for-purpose.

Within this interactive workshop we will:

• Understand the gap, why it exists, where you could fall down and how you can climb back out of it.

• Discover the real key difference between Proof of Concept, Prototyping and Production and how to prepare, manage and deliver on all three.

• Choosing and managing your team, suppliers and technology partners including the key questions to ask.

The workshop is open to anyone actively working on or about to embark upon a technology project, ideally you will be aiming to develop a physical real-world solutions.


Places Available : 12
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Harnessing the Twitter power of #WorcestershireHour™

Stuart Allen - #WorcestershireHour™ Founder

15:30 - 16:30
Workshop in Box 1 / FREE to attend

What started in 2013 as a few Worcestershire business networking on Twitter, the hashtag #WorcestershireHour™ is now firmly established as a vital FREE local marketing resource for thousands of Public Commercial, Charitable and Community Organisations. Learn how to leverage a 'reach' of over 5 million unique Twitter user accounts every month!

'More spaces added'


Places Available : 20
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Transformational Leadership [Click here]

Mindset Deconstructed: An Actionable Pathway to Success

Alan Clark - Exponential Coaching

10:30 - 11:30
Workshop in Box 4 / FREE to attend

Is Mindset an overused word or the key to your success? The answer will become very clear in this leadership workshop!


Places Available : 12
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Simple Skills for Amazing Mental Health

Jon Downes - Glass Full

13:30 - 14:30
Workshop in Box 3 / FREE to attend

Whether you're managing a business, a team or yourself, taking a proactive approach to mental health can improve productivity and overall quality of life for you and those you love, lead and serve. Find out how in this practical, interactive workshop. Some of it's easier than you might think!


Places Available : 12
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A Moment of Meditation

Vikki Holloway

15:30 - 16:30
Workshop in Box 9 / FREE to attend

The benefits of meditation are well researched, its positive effects are far reaching and we all know we 'should' be doing it - so aren't we? Perhaps it's because it's a bit confusing and we don't know where to start, or maybe it's as simple as we just don't know how. If you want more calm in your work and life generally, if you have to lead other people into a calm space, or if you want to boost your creativity and innovation, this workshop is for you.


Places Available : 12
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Main Stage Interviews and Table Discussions (FREE)

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inConversation with... [Click here]

Rob Draper

09:45 - 10:15
Main Stage - Duckworth Suite

Rob is an artist, designer and speaker who specialises in hand lettering and creativity.

Rob has worked with a range of worldwide clients including The Golden Globes, Levi’s, Samsung, Gap, Nike, Penguin Random House, Bartle Bogle & Hegarty, Pentagram, Harper & Collins, WWF & The Washington Post.

Join us at the Main Stage to find out how Rob is taking Worcestershire global.

'No need to book - just turn up and listen'

Unleash your inner vegan

inConversation with Mike Newnham

10:30 - 11:00
Table 1 - Duckworth Suite

Mike was a Principal Technologist at Rolls-Royce for 9 years before taking on the global role of Head of Materials Technology at ABB Power Generation. 5 years later, as Director of Engineering for Bowman Power he developed the UK's first micro turbine-based combined heat and power system, aimed at reducing emissions, lowering energy costs and improving the quality and availability of on-site power. Mike is a devout Vegan, and has a keen interest in sustainability and innovation.


Places Available : 12
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Space Panel

11:30 - 12:00
Main Stage - Duckworth Suite

Space to work is incredibly important. Space to work with other creative, innovative and likeminded people is even more important. Join representatives from The Kiln, UOW Incubator Space, BetaDen and BloomSpace to find out the latest co-working space news, the benefits of co-working and how they can support you and your business!

If you haven't co-worked before, why not set up your laptop for the day in The Kiln co-working space or pop in to the BetaDen box to get a taster!

'No need to book - just turn up and listen'

Dr Clive Summerfield

CEO of Voice Biometrics

10:30
BetaDen Box

The first BetaDen round table talk will be headed by Dr Clive Summerfield. Dr Summerfield has over 30 years' experience developing, implementing and deploying voice biometric and speech recognition technologies and solutions into a wide range of markets, applications and environments. Hear and talk about all things voice biometrics.


Places Available : 12
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Adrian Burden

13:00 - 13:30
Main Stage - Duckworth Suite

Dr Adrian Burden is a serial technology entrepreneur and author of the business book Start to Exit. He is the founder of the annual Malvern Festival of Innovation and manages the Wyche Innovation Centre on the Malvern Hills. Trained as a material scientist, over the years he has researched carbonaceous materials, developed advanced electronic displays, and commercialised nanotechnology. Currently he is a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Birmingham and the CTO of the blockchain startup BlockMark Technologies.

Adrian is also Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board at the School of Physics at the University of Bristol.

He is now writing his next book titled The A to Z of Innovation. Join Adrian at the main stage to find out more about his work and the Festival of Innovation

'No need to book - just turn up and listen'

Book your place for the Malvern Festival of Innovation October 2019 here

Linda Smith

CEO of BetaDen

13:30
BetaDen Box

The second BetaDen round table talk will be headed by Linda Smith. Linda is the CEO and Founder of Worcestershire’s only dedicated commercial tech accelerator and will explain the importance of tech accelerators and how they can help your business grow


Places Available : 12
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Stuart Allen

13:45 - 14:15
Main Stage - Duckworth Suite

What started in 2013 as a few Worcestershire businesses networking on Twitter, the hashtag #WorcestershireHour™ is now firmly established as a vital FREE local marketing resource for thousands of Public, Commercial, Charitable and Community Organisations.

If you've missed out on joining Stuart for his fully booked workshop at Great Things join us at the main stage to understand how to harness the power of #WorcestershireHour™

'No need to book - just turn up and listen'

The predictability of innovation

inConversation with Mike Newnham

14:30 - 15:00
Table 1 - Duckworth Suite

Mike was a Principal Technologist at Rolls-Royce for 9 years before taking on the global role of Head of Materials Technology at ABB Power Generation. 5 years later, as Director of Engineering for Bowman Power he developed the UK's first micro turbine-based combined heat and power system, aimed at reducing emissions, lowering energy costs and improving the quality and availability of on-site power. Mike is a devout Vegan, and has a keen interest in sustainability and innovation.


Places Available : 12
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David Sidaway

CEO of Sidaway Technologies

15:30
BetaDen Box

The third and final BetaDen round table talk will be headed by David Sidaway. David is CEO of Sidaway Technologies, masters in Machine Learning. Hear and have interesting conversations on AI and where it’s going.


Places Available : 12
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17:00 - 20:30

Make it happen challenge (WINN Wednesday)

This awesome day will conclude with a WINN Wednesday event (on a Tuesday!?!) which will bring speakers from across the county to discuss the latest in tech opportunities across a range of sectors, the launch of our Make it Happen Challenge and the latest updates for innovators from the WINN team.

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Agenda

17:00-17:45   Networking and Telano
17:45-18:00   Jess Antley, Welcome
18:00-18:15   Lee Williams, Harper Adams
18:15-18:30   David Green, Mettis
18:30-18:45   Dom Portman, Fancy Dress Worldwide
18:45-19:00   Tommy Williams, Wearable Link
19:00-19:05   Telano - The Winner Takes it All
19:05-19:15   Launch of the MIH Challenge
19:15-19:25   Previous Winner Journey. Nikki Hollier, Border in a Box
19:25-19:30   Jess Antley, Close
19:30-20:30   Networking and Telano

Speakers

WINN Wednesday (on a Tuesday!) evening speakers include...

Innovation in Agriculture

Lee Williams - Harper Adams University

18:00 - 18:15

Harper Adams University was established in 1901 and is a specialist UK agricultural university teaching bachelors, masters and PhDs and conducting strategic and applied research in support of the agricultural and related industries. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry, Harper Adams University is ranked first in the UK and second in the world for Employer Reputation.

The University hosts the National Centre for Precision Farming (NCPF) which undertakes research in conjunction with the staff of the Agricultural Engineering Innovation Centre (AEIC) into precision farming techniques based on e.g. the use of robotics, GPS guided unmanned aerial vehicles, laser weeding etc.

The next generation of Wi-Fi.

David Green - Mettis Aerospace

18:15 - 18:30

Dave Green is the Head of IT at Mettis Aerospace, the global designer and manufacturer of forged, machined and sub-assembled components, primarily for the aerospace and defense sectors. Dave has been at the forefront of transforming Mettis into a digital factory, leading the industry 4.0 project and driving the implementation of cutting-edge business systems.

Scaling up: from bedroom business to top growth business

Dom Portman - Fancy Dress Worldwide

18:30 - 18:45

Dominic Portman is the Founder and Managing Director of e-commerce empire, DAPV, which houses global fancy dress brand Fancy Dress Worldwide alongside the bespoke, in house tech platform, Eiger. A natural and inspiring Entrepreneur, he developed the idea for the business when studying Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, where he realised fancy dress related events help to break the ice and form new friendships between his University peers.

Fast forward 4 years, Fancy Dress Worldwide is now a tech enabled global leader in the sale and delivery of fancy-dress costumes with over 750,000 customers across 85 different countries worldwide.

With a proven and unique approach to e-commerce, DAPV has imminent growth plans to expand into the gaming, stationery and homeware sectors, all enabled by Eiger.

Improving safety in hazardous environments by connecting people

Tommy Williams - Wearable Link

18:45 - 19:00

Tommy is an experienced product designer previously working at for large Midlands based consumer appliance companies VAX, Hozelock and managing the R&D department at Gtech. Tommy founded Wearable Link in 2016, a Worcestershire based technology company specialising in improving safety in hazardous environments by connecting people.

Tommy will talk about the challenges of starting a new business, opportunities and ideas for start-ups and how to develop a product and get it to market on a shoestring.

Make it Happen - Previous Winner Journey

Nikki Hollier - Border in a Box

19:15 - 19:25

Owner & Creator of Border in a Box garden design kits. Winner of the first 'Make things happen' challenge. I love designing planting plans which gives anyone new to gardening the confidence to create a beautiful border, easily, in less than a day and without the designer price tag.

Awarded 'Garden Product of the year 2017' by Country Homes & Interiors. Platinum and Best Border by BBC Gardeners' World Live. #SBS Winner by Theo Pahitis.

Telano