What Intellectual Property do you Own?

WHEN :         Wednesday 7th May 2014 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TIME :           Beacon International Centre, Stafford, ST18 0GB

WHAT IS IT :This workshop delivered by the Intellectual Property Office aims to give participants a good overview of intellectual property and how it impacts on small and medium sized businesses!

Delegates will be presented with a series of scenarios in which intellectual property is crucial to a business to help them to identify what assets they have within their business and how to protect them:

  • Trade Marks
  • Patents
  • Registered Designs
  • Copyright
  • Confidentiality
What IP Do You Own

Staffs BIC is Exhibiting @ Finance For Business

WHEN :         Wednesday 7th May 2014 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

TIME :           Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford, ST16 2LT

WHAT IS IT : Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership invites you to discover the financial support available within the area. This FREE event will inform, raise awareness and overcome misconceptions of the models and sources of funds available to small and medium sized businesses.

  • Small Business Grants
  • High Growth Investment
  • Equity & Venture Capital
  • Non-Bank Lending
  • inc. finance, invoice, discounting / factoring
Staffordshire LEP

Sentinel Business Awards Innovation Winner – Knights


Over the last 18 months Knights invested heavily in new IT systems resulting in a paperless office which has lead to greater efficiency and better productivity.  Investor and former Dragon’s Den star James Caan was so impressed that he recently announced financial backing for the Newcastle law firm.

They were subsequently announced as winners of the Innovation Award at the Sentinel Business Awards and their Chief Executive Officer David Beech is seen here being presented with his plaque by the BIC’s Chairman Andrew Briggs

The BIC would also like to Congratulate all other winners and runner ups as this years Awards

Everything about Knights is different to the traditional law firm. We are run like a business – with management decisions made quickly in the interests of the business as a whole. We have introduced a number of new methods in order to prepare for the future.

Andrew and David Beech from Knights

Renewable Energy – How far would we go?

I came across an interesting concept over the weekend where I read that an American inventor had designed an inflatable shelter for the homeless.

You may think this is a simple tent but it is designed to attach to an external excess heating unit (HVAC) which will heat up the unit to keep the homeless warm in the winter months.

For less than 5$ this seems a sensible way of re-using heat which would simply dissipate into the air.

I’m sure such a concept could take off during the night but I can’t imagine many people wanting these inflatables visible outside their buildings during the day.


Take a look at the paraSITE: http://michaelrakowitz.com/projects/parasite/

and maybe you could think of a less controversial way of re-using this kind of energy ?