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”
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO PROJECT FIRE
Congratulations to Project Fire Products Ltd for winning our Innovation Award at the Sentinel Business Awards last night. The Hixon based intelligent automatic fire protection company has shown their commitment to Innovation drawing on all their design and engineering skills to develop patented products including their automatic flow switch test system Zonecheck.
We also extend our Congratulations to all the other shortlisted and winners of the other categories of the Sentinel Business Awards.
An excellent event which the BIC has been proud to sponsor for 16 years!
11th March 2016 With Margaret Knight a Female Inventor from the 19th Century
Each time we go shopping nowadays we all seem to be trying to remember to take our “Life Bags” with us to avoid paying for the bags most retailers provide. Some are better at remembering than others and this can sometimes be quite costly.
Life seems to be much simpler in the United States where they just provide everybody with paper bags!
You may wonder why they use paper bags and not really joined in with the plastic bag phenomenon we have seen in the UK.
It could be for environmental reasons or it could be because the person who invented the first machine that made paper shopping bags was American.
Margaret Knight was an exceptionally prolific inventor in the late 19th century.” She was born in York, Maine in 1838 and was still a young girl when she began working in a textile mill in New Hampshire. After seeing a fellow worker injured by a faulty piece of equipment, Knight came up with her first invention: a safety device for textile looms. She was awarded her first patent in 1871, for a machine that cut, folded and glued flat-bottomed paper shopping bags, thus eliminating the need for workers to assemble them slowly by hand. Knight received 27 patents in her lifetime, for inventions including shoe-manufacturing machines, a “dress shield” to protect garments from perspiration stains, a rotary engine and an internal combustion engine.
(biography information courtesy of www.biography.com)
Startups.co.uk have just opened their applications for the seventh annual search for the UK’s most exciting early-stage businesses. Launched in 2008 the Startups 100 index lists young, innovative UK companies expected to have a big impact across a variety of sectors.
Closing Date for Entries is 25 March 2016
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