CLOSING DATE IS 27 June 2014
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business programme now open for applications!
Fully funded programme over five months to unlock the potential in your business!
The current round for applications closes on 27 June 2014 so if you are interested in applying please visit:
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 ?
WHEN : Wednesday 26th March 2014 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
TIME : Moat House Hotel, Lower Penkridge Road, Acton Trussell, ST17 0RJ
WHAT IS IT : Designed for local businesses to help raise their profile but most importantly to do business and make new contacts. It’s a cost effective, practical business exhibition with seminars and advice clinics for both the business community and members of the public looking to set up in business.
There are many ways in which your business can make the most of this event:
- Any business or member of the public can simply come and join us as a visitor and make the most of this networking opportunity.
- Those businesses based in Stafford Borough can book exhibition space.
- In addition to the above anyone can attend the seminars and advice clinics by appointment.
Two interesting events have happened recently, the Annual Consumer Electronics Show has just come to an end in Las Vegas and NESTA’s in-house experts have predicted what will be big over the next 12 months.
There are a number of interesting technologies which many may say are already out in the market but to date they have not been that accessible or financially obtainable but predictions are that they will be in 2014 and as BIC clients are areas you should maybe look to get involved with:
It is predicted there will be an increase in Automated self-checkout technology, extending from beyond the current small basket use to large trolley shoppers where 360 degree scanners will be able to scan 60 items per minute and be twice as fast as a normal checkout. Self Checkout will be used in smaller convenience stores and will also extend beyond the grocery market
Renewable Energy will also be in our own backyard as Britain strives to reach the target of producing 15% of the UK’s energy demand by 2020 from renewable energy. There is an ever increase in advice, support and funding to encourage people and communities to use and build small scale renewables such as solar panels, photovoltaic panels, ground heat sumps etc and 2014 is predicted to be the year to push these through further.
Wearable Healthcare will make a real life appearance in 2014. We will soon be able to wear a high-tech bracelet which will count steps, sleep and calories allowing the user to upload, analyse and share their own health data but research and plans are also already in place to develop a Star Trek style Tricorder diagnostic device to diagnose up to 17 common health problems such as heart disease and diabetes etc This handheld scanning machine will be far less intrusive than the examinations we have to go through today and diagnosis will be instant. Video Link
Scandu Scout – Star Trek Style Tricorder
LG – Fitness Tracker
The Connected Home – the web is increasingly being used to connect things more than just our phones, tablets, laptops and TVs – we will be able to tell our SMART phone to turn off the lights and TV as we go out the door, we will be able to check on our empty properties via smart phones or tablets and we will be able to text to our fridge to see what we have in there for our tea or set the washing machine to run before we get home.
Virtual Reality will finally be realized in the form a headset which in using 3D printing, LCD and gyroscopes and accelerometers will deliver a super-immersive VR experience which could be sublime, educational, wacky, terrifying, awesome or erotic !
Oculus Rift – VR Now
There will be a lot of responsibility on the developers and we should also ask is it OK to create virtual worlds that are so alluring that their users won’t want to come back to reality?
Robots haven’t really had much effect on our daily life so far but NESTA believes that in 2014 we will see them becoming a bigger part of our lives in the form of self-driving cars – Volvo is introducing 100 driverless cars onto the public roads this year allowing them to drive in every day normal conditions and will even self-park. Their aim is to demonstrate the benefits of improved safety and efficiency of self-driving cars.
Robots will also increase their presence behind the scenes in factories and many other automated processes on a daily basis.
These are all predicted for 2014 ………………………
If you would like to read NESTA’s full predictions do read www.nesta.org.uk/news/14-predictions-2014
And if you want to read more about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas have a look at www.cesweb.org
As a “thank you” for filling out the BIC’s Annual Customer Survey all entrants were put into a Prize Draw and this year’s winner is:
In Business Coaching Ltd
Ian is seen here being presented with a £25 High Street Voucher by the BIC’s Deputy Chief Executive Jackie Millward.
Ian was looking forward to buying something to brighten up his Christmas!
CLOSING DATE IS 12 DECEMBER 2013
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 programme run by Aston Business School provides high quality, structured and practically focussed support to small business leaders who are seeking to grow their businesses.
The current round for applications closes on 12 December 2013 so if you are interested in applying please visit:
Staff at the Business Innovation Centre raised £48 for Children in Need by selling cupcakes to their fellow tenants at the Sutherland Institute in Longton, Stoke on Trent. Most of the tenants at the Sutherland Institute are BIC clients and they were more than happy to purchase the cup cakes for such a great cause. Many thanks to Reels in Motion, Interlock Digital, Haven Care, Hedgehog Security Services, 3D Creation Lab and the staff at Longton Library.
Thank you for your kind donation of £48.00 to BBC Children in Need. Your reference is DDYL-48922295.
Your donation will make a real difference to the lives of the most disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
From money generously donated by the public, BBC Children in Need is able to make grants to voluntary groups, community projects and registered charities who offer practical lasting support to children and young people to help them to have a childhood that is:
- Happy and secure
- Allows them the chance to reach their potential
If you would like to find out about all the ways to help BBC Children in Need please visit our website at www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey
There are also lots of ideas about how you can get involved with BBC Children in Need and how you can download a fundraising pack.
Thank you once again for your support.
BBC Children in Need
Tel: 0345 609 0015
Donated securely through MyDonate from BT
BBC Children in Need is a registered charity England & Wales no. 802052 and Scotland no. SC039557
What IP Do You Own
Wednesday 7 November, 09.00 – 13.00
Beacon International Centre, Staffordshire Technology Park, Stafford, ST18 0GB,
On 11th September 2013 the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) published patent number GB2500000.
The road to this landmark figure has been long, starting in the fifteenth century when the Crown granted monopolies to manufacturers and traders. Henry VI granted the earliest known English patent for invention to John of Utynam in 1449 which gave him a twenty year monopoly for a method of making stained glass. However, patents were not numbered until 1852 when the patent system was overhauled. The first numbered English patent, 1/1617, was granted in 1852 to Rathburn & Burgess for “Engraving and printing Maps, Plans &c”.
Interesting patents since then include in 1901 the patent to produce “Meccano”; in 1924 a patent covering “telegraphy” and in 1966 a patent to cover a “built in flashlight exposure device for a camera” and in 1998 a patent to cover the process of “nuclear transfer” which allowed the first mammal to be cloned – Dolly the sheep!
And Patent Number GB2500000?
Submitted by Liverpool John Moores University for “Microwave monitoring using an electrically conductive textile!”
If you think you have an idea which could be patented or covered by any other kind of Intellectual Property Rights, you may be interested in joining the BIC at its next workshop entitled “What IP to you Own?” on 7 November 2013 in Stafford.
New Product Development Wednesday 2 October, 16.00 – 20.00
Beacon International Centre, Staffordshire Technology Park, Stafford, ST18 0GB, United Kingdom
Cyber Security & Forensics Thursday 17 October, 12.00 – 16.00
Sutherland Institute, Longton, Lightwood Road, Stoke on Trent, ST3 4HY, United Kingdom
A half day workshop looking at New Product Development designed to help employees in all stages of NPD to understand the whole process so that they can contribute all along the NPD process. We look at taking an idea from concept through to market and what a company needs to be aware of and understand to reduce risks and ensure a successful new product development.
A lunchtime Networking Event looking at the subject of Cyber Security & Forensics. A number of local BIC clients work in this field and I thought this would be an interesting topic to bring local companies together.
Business Support Event
Tuesday 1 October, 08.45 – 13.00
Fazeley, Nr Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3SA, United Kingdom
Huge range of support services that are available to businesses in the Tamworth and Lichfield area
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