up to £10,000 AVAILABLE
TO PAY FOR SPECIALIST ADVICE
to help you research and develop a new product or service
How we can help?
• Grants of up to £10,000 at (40% intervention)
• Your own personal business advisor to help develop your business
• Ongoing support
• Suite of innovation workshops
• Access to information on additional funding
• Collaboration between researchers and companies
• Specialist intensive assistance (Market or Product Research, IPR Fees, Design and Prototyping, ICT and Finance)
• Generate ideas for new or improved products and services
“focusing on collaborations which are about transferring good ideas, research results and skills between the knowledge base and business to enable innovative new products and services to be developed”
The Business Innovation Centre recently took advantage of Keele University’s Student Internship programme to find someone to design and develop a new client database interface for the company.
Chelsea Nock, pictured here with BIC Deputy Chief Executive Jackie Millward was coming to the end of her MSc in Advanced Computer Science and welcomed the opportunity to practice her skills in a real time environment.
Chelsea’s placement at the BIC lasted for three months under the tutelage of their IT Manager Paul Longshaw. Chelsea immersed herself easily into the BIC team and soon understood the complicated requirements of an organisation which has been operating for over 20 years.
The new database is now up and running and BIC staff are finding it a wonderful resource. They are particularly pleased with the new reporting systems which will help them make light of complicated reporting requirements of their European Funded projects.
Chelsea finally completes her course at the end of September when she will be available for full time employment in web development, programming or software development.
It’s been wonderful following Team GB at the Rio Olympics, we did so well coming second in the Medals table. We got so many golds, so many FIRSTS. And we’ve seen many Firsts in Innovations in Technology helping the adjudicators and referees, Innovations in training helping the athletes reach their maximum fitness but can you remember Dick Fosbury in the Mexico Olympics in 1968 where he first introduced the Fosbury Flop?
On the Nesta website there is an old clip of the actual event where Dick Fosbury took the High Jump by storm when instead of utilising the traditional straddle or scissors technique he decided it would be better to lower his centre of mass during the jump by wrapping his back and himself closely around the bar and land on his shoulders and not his feet. This allowed him to jump much higher – a real innovation. And even though for almost 40 years Fosbury was considered a freak, all High Jump Professionals now use the Fosbury Flop technique.
If your business is ready for new ideas and inspiration why not join us at our next workshop:
Profit from Innovation
14 September 2016 | 4-6pm
Stoke on Trent
Open to all Company Sectors | Registration deadline 31 August 2016
Innovate UK have funds to help companies research and develop innovative technological products where there is a technical risk involved.
Recently Innovate UK restricted applications to four key areas of industry but they currently have ONE Open Competition where companies from any sector can apply but you must be looking to solve or prove a technological risk and the good news is that their contribution is up to 70% of your overall expenditure.
Details below but do note the closing date of 31 August 2016:
Following the successful launch of their latest New Product Development Grant of £5,400 funded by the European Regional Development Fund which will help companies pay for specialist consultancy advice, in July the BIC appointed a new member of staff.
Rachel Wood is now the BIC’s Research & Development Adviser and her role is to help companies source and finance support from Research Organisations to help them develop new products and services.
Born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent, Rachel who graduated from Staffordshire University is no stranger to the BIC having worked there on another project over ten years ago. She has had over 15 years experience working with businesses in Staffordshire, has managed a number of European projects and has been very successful in helping local businesses apply for all kinds of funding including grants and loans.
Rachel has quickly settled in to life at the BIC – just like old times.
Any companies looking to work with Research Organisations to help them research or develop new products or services are invited to contact Rachel at the BIC on 01782 333798.
The BIC is a not for profit organisation which has been successfully operating in Staffordshire for over 20 years. It offers advice and guidance to individuals and small and medium sized businesses who have innovative new product ideas.
CLOSING DATE 18th September 2016
Are you a dynamic small or medium-sized business based in the Newcastle Borough?
You could be awarded cash or a part-funded apprentice for a whole year.
Newcastle Business Boost Awards are back, now in their 9th year, inspiring small and medium size businesses in the Newcastle Borough to grow and prosper.
Through participation, businesses are encouraged to develop entrepreneurship and strategic thinking to help drive their business forward. The unique cash awards are presented to businesses that are able to demonstrate drive and ambition based on sound business planning. There will also be other awards on offer including the opportunity to win a part-funded apprentice for one year!
The BIC was proud to welcome their 1000th workshop delegate Linda Walker to their Leadership in Innovation workshop in Stafford on 16 June 2016.
Linda who is from OSCAT Health & Safety consultancy in Cannock Chase was presented with a Certificate and a bottle of Champagne from the BIC’s Director of Innovation Sandra Butterworth.
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