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Great Things...happen when people get together

One of the UK’s most innovative FREE* business events of the year.  Located in the iconic Hive library, celebrating cutting-edge modern innovation and inspired by the county’s original Worcestershire Exhibition of 1882.

Across a jam-packed two-day event, Great Things will feature a range of:

  • Eye-popping interactive displays including virtual, augmented and mixed reality demos presented by Birmingham University
  • Interactive ‘magic mirror’ photography with an 18th-century twist
  • Innovation stand from Young Enterprise
  • 18th-century pop-up coffee house, courtesy of Wayland’s Yard
  • 19th-century themed displays and examples of company adverts from 1882
  • Opportunities to network with the region’s most inspirational innovators across a range of industry sectors, including tech, renewables, science, finance and business development.
  • Upskill yourself or your team at our workshops and presentations with industry sector leaders

Entry to the Great Things event is free including access to presentations and workshops with industry sector leaders.

DAY 1 Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Our first day packs in a plethora of business professionals all who have proven themselves as innovators in their field of expertise. From Creativity and app development, to business process development, clean tech and sector specialist. What more could you ask for? It’s going to be a 'Great' Day

Booking Fast. Limited Places

Make sure you book now to secure your place

Conversation: the secret learning strategy

Steve & Julie Bott - Efficient Thinking

Wednesday 23rd May / 09:00 - 10:15
Workshop in Meeting Room 2 / FREE to attend

Exploring ways to add value to your organisation through creative conversation: It’s good to talk!


Places Available : 20
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From Invention to Innovation, a Defence Industrial Approach

Andrew Cunningham - UKDSC

Wednesday 23rd May / 09:30 - 10:15
Presentation in The Studio / FREE to attend

Bridging the gap between invention and innovation, working cross sector to improve investment value.


Places Available : 50
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Try a Rapid Idea Creation Matrix

Alan Clark - Key Business Improvement Coach

Wednesday 23rd May / 10:00 - 11:15
Workshop in Meeting Room 3 / FREE to attend

Are you finding creating new ideas hard? Join us and start working on your challenge.


Places Available : 20
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Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality – the Hype, the Truth, the Future

Prof. Bob Stone - University of Birmingham

Wednesday 23rd May / 11:00 - 11:45
Presentation in The Studio / FREE to attend

Forget what you may have read online or seen on YouTube!  Hear about, see and experience the future of VR, AR and MR in defence, healthcare, heritage and education!


Places Available : 50
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The Appreciative Interview

Vikki Holloway

Wednesday 23rd May / 11:30 - 12:45
Workshop in Meeting Room 2 / FREE to attend

This workshop will give participants a practical tool to take away that can be used with staff, customers and clients. It engages people in a strength-based way to help everyone involved get the most from the interaction.


Places Available : 20
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Semolina Pilchard: using the Beatles to inspire creativity

Michael Taite - Blue Moon Creative

Wednesday 23rd May / 12:30 - 13:15
Presentation in The Studio / FREE to attend

How digital branding agency Blue Moon Creative uses its Beatles Theory of Creativity to think laterally and innovate commercially.


Places Available : 50
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Business Model Canvas; develop your idea!

Jo Murphy - University of Worcester

Wednesday 23rd May / 12:30 - 13:45
Workshop in Meeting Room 3 / FREE to attend

An easy to use visual tool to challenge your thinking on the value proposition, potential customers and finances of your idea.


Places Available : 20
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The Greatest Gadget on the Planet

Jon Downes - Glassfull

Wednesday 23rd May / 14:00 - 14:45
Presentation in The Studio / FREE to attend

Brighten up your grey matter with top tips for training your brain for peace and productivity.


Places Available : 50
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7 Deadly mistakes that could kill your next idea

Paul Rhodes - Green Gorilla Apps

Wednesday 23rd May / 14:00 - 15:15
Workshop in Meeting Room 2 / FREE to attend

Critical business lessons for developing new ideas, launching, failing fast and listening to customers.


Places Available : 20
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When ‘IT’ hits the fan - Reducing business risks

Duncan Sutcliffe - Sutcliffe & Co Insurance Brokers

Wednesday 23rd May / 15:00 - 16:15
Workshop in Meeting Room 3 / FREE to attend

Looking at what your business can do to reduce risks and minimise the impact when disaster strikes, concentrating on the business reliance upon technology & data.


Places Available : 20
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Worcestershire’s Clean Tech Innovation Journeys

Nik Spencer, Ben Murcott - Clean Tech Innovators

Wednesday 23rd May / 15:30 - 16:15
Presentation in The Studio / FREE to attend

‘Clean growth’ is the Government’s latest buzz word. Come along to hear what it looks like in reality, from some of the members of Worcestershire’s own Clean Tech Innovators Network.


Places Available : 50
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WINN Wednesday
Great Things

Wednesday 23rd May / 17:00 - 20:30
Level 0 / FREE to attend

Great Things Are Happening!

As part of our truly AWESOME innovation 2 day forum GREAT THINGS, WINN will also be hosting a dedicated GREAT THINGS WINN Wednesday on the evening of the 23rd at THE HIVE.

WINN are delighted to be welcoming Google Digital Garage who will be presenting on social media strategy and are also very excited to be sharing our WINNERS JOURNEY from the WINN MAKE IT HAPPEN challenge. Join us for what is to be a truly GREAT event!

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DAY 2 Thursday 24th May 2018
More creativity, advice on selling, how to manage your money and learning to how make a business out of your passion are all part of Day 2. Sit back, tune in and be inspired to innovate, it’s going to be another 'Great' day

Booking Fast. Limited Places

Make sure you book now to secure your place

How to be a pioneering leader in an uncertain world

Dave Morris, Rich Horton & Andy Flack - Zentano

Thursday 24th May / 09:00 - 10:15
Workshop in Meeting Room 2 / FREE to attend

Find out how to boost your confidence to lead your business in an uncertain world, re-energize your team and drive success with high-performance habits.


Places Available : 20
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Serengeti Safari Lodge or Scunthorpe Travelodge

Ian Richards - IDR Consultants

Thursday 24th May / 10:00 - 11:15
Workshop in Meeting Room 3 / FREE to attend

Knowing where you are making your money will help your business succeed.


Places Available : 20
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How to use innovation & world-leading tech to grow your manufacturing business

Dr Paul Milne - WMG University of Warwick

Thursday 24th May / 11:00 - 11:45
Presentation in The Studio / FREE to attend

Calling manufacturing SMEs; improve your products, processes and grow your business- use a Catapult!


Places Available : 50
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Accelerating your business with funding

Georgina Harris & Lynne Avery

Thursday 24th May / 11:30 - 12:45
Workshop in Meeting Room 2 / FREE to attend

How to approach the application process.


Places Available : 20
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From seed through to exit - Scaling Midlands innovation

Tim Hazell - Mercia Fund Managers

Thursday 24th May / 12:30 - 13:15
Presentation in The Studio / FREE to attend

Find out how MEIF early stage equity funding can help scale innovative opportunities from the Midlands into global businesses


Places Available : 50
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Build a Digital Marketing Plan

Simone Robinson - Google Digital Garage

Thursday 24th May / 12:30 - 13:45
Workshop in Meeting Room 3 / FREE to attend

Learn the theory and create a strategy for your business through an intro to digital marketing.

Google Digital Garage


Places Available : 20
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The Creative Mind

Alan Clark - Exponential Coaching

Thursday 24th May / 14:00 - 14:45
Presentation in The Studio / FREE to attend

The Creative Mind - Harnessing our infinitely imaginative power from within. Turn thoughts into projects, projects into actions and actions into results.


Places Available : 50
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Branding - it’s more than just a logo

Greg Smith, Hamish Gill - F8 Creates

Thursday 24th May / 14:00 - 15:15
Workshop in Meeting Room 2 / FREE to attend

Greg will help you disassemble your brand into it’s crucial elements, and put it back together again in a meaningful way.

Hamish will show you how to effectively take your business to social media with some tips about incorporating your brand and photography into your online presence.


Places Available : 20
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Pitch Perfect

George Hannah - Ericom

Thursday 24th May / 15:00 - 16:15
Workshop in Meeting Room 3 / FREE to attend

A session that looks at your biggest selling point: You. So, be yourself and explore how to make your passion your pitch.


Places Available : 20
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Hard work, Relentless dreams and Wi-Fi

Rob Draper

Thursday 24th May / 15:30 - 16:15
Presentation in The Studio / FREE to attend

Rob is an artist and designer who has developed an international client base & global press coverage. Today he will be telling his story of how he ended up in this position and how, when twice life took negative turns it forced him to reassess everything.


Places Available : 50
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Welcome to WINN

‘Great things happen when people get together’

Worcestershire is an innovative county and through WINN we want to celebrate and develop this.

We believe that great things happen when people get together, which is why we'd like you to join us. We are developing a community of inspirational individuals and brilliant businesses to help the region grow and become recognised nationally as a hub of innovative ideas and projects.

So, whether you want to connect, collaborate, co-ordinate or just be inspired, WINN should be your first point of call.

It doesn't matter whether you want to be innovative with your products, services or processes, or if you just want to celebrate diversity and entrepreneurship. We can help you to showcase your ideas, learn from other innovators and be inspired.

Read our blog for insights, interviews and ideas as you get involved in the CONVERSATION!


Innovation happens when we are inspired

If you want to share your innovation journey or meet with like-minded individuals, why not join us for WINN Wednesday? This networking event is the perfect opportunity to launch new ideas and collaborate with other businesses and innovators in the region.

Sometimes being innovative is just about bringing the right people together or looking at the same things with fresh eyes. So, come along to WINN Wednesday and you'll have the chance to take part in fun, creative tasks and hear from pioneering speakers, because you never know when a new idea will develop!

Join us for WINN Wednesday and we promise you'll go away feeling inspired and encouraged by the great things going on in the region.

Can't wait to get involved? Scroll down for our next WINN Wednesday event.


The Proof of Concept Project has received £1,537,394 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, which £37,500 of this funding is supporting WINN events to promote innovation in Worcestershire. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

WINN Wednesday
GreatThings Google Digital Garage

Join us on the 23rd May 2018
5pm - 8.30pm at the Hive.

Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD
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Our next WINN Wednesday

“Great Things”

Great Things Are Happening!

As part of our truly AWESOME innovation 2 day forum GREAT THINGS, WINN will also be hosting a dedicated GREAT THINGS WINN Wednesday on the evening of the 23rd at THE HIVE.

WINN are delighted to be welcoming Google Digital Garage who will be presenting on social media strategy and are also very excited to be sharing our WINNERS JOURNEY from the WINN MAKE IT HAPPEN challenge. Join us for what is to be a truly GREAT event!

Why attend?

  • Say hello.....
  • Discover.....
  • Collaborate.....
  • Make a difference.....
WINN Wednesday

Save the Date

We look forward to seeing you at our May WINN Wednesday but don't forget to save the date for our next event too - further details to follow!

19th September 2018


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WINN Wednesday event

23rd May 2018
5pm - 8.30pm
The Hive

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