Author: Shelley Armstrong

What does the NWG Innovation Festival have in store for 2019?

By Nigel Watson, NWG Group Information Services Director With Northumbrian Water’s biggest ever Innovation Festival only two weeks away the festival founder and creator Nigel Watson shares his thoughts on how it’s shaping up. Here at NWG we are hurtling inexorably towards our third Innovation Festival at an alarming, and quite unbelievable rate.  It’s only […]

Celebrating the boring; a pragmatic approach to growth and investment

By Simon Green, CEO Innovation SuperNetwork Last week, I was part of a panel discussion at the Connected Investing event run by UK Business Angels Association and Innovate UK. The panel, which was expertly hosted by James Bedford from Tech Nation, highlighted some important points that I think are worth sharing more widely. Conversations about […]

BioFocus: Focusing on the vibrant and innovative Life Science sector in the North East

By Geoff Davison, CEO at Bionow Innovation is intrinsic to Life Sciences. The sector continues to produce new therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices and pharmaceutical products at an incredible rate, with the North East of England an emerging hotbed for innovative and exciting research. This was evident at the Bionow Awards last year with 9 outstanding […]

Dragon’s Den Jenny Campbell backs Newcastle Angel Hub launch at FinanceCamp

A new initiative to support Business Angels looking to invest in the North East has been launched at FinanceCamp, the region’s annual investment conference, today (Wednesday 22 May). The Newcastle Angel Hub will form part of the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) wider Hub network across the country, and will be delivered by the Innovation […]

Dragons’ Den entrepreneur set to share success at FinanceCamp North East 2019

Parking-tech pioneer Chris Reed is set to share his experience and inspire delegates attending FinanceCamp following his success in the Dragons’ Den earlier this year. The annual conference launched in 2016 and will take place in Sunderland for the first time at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday 22 May. It connects growing businesses seeking […]

Funding deals sought as Northern entrepreneurs meet London Investors

Innovators from the North of England descended on London yesterday (Tuesday 05th March) to pitch their businesses to a roomful of heavy-weight investors. Representing some of the North’s best entrepreneurs and innovators, a total of 22 businesses formed part of the hand-picked delegation to take part in Entrepreneurs of the North. Organised by the Innovation […]

Ageing Experts to visit Innovation Accelerator

A transatlantic exchange is building on the North East’s expertise in ageing, nutrition, digital science and tech. Arriving in Newcastle this morning (04th February), the dynamic founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab, Professor Joseph F Coughlin, is on a 5 day visit to develop a  strategic partnership between MIT and the region’s […]

Supply Chain, You’re Invited

Alan Whittaker, Programme Manager at Supply Chain North East explains how businesses can benefit from learning more about the supply chain.  I know in my experience of working alongside businesses which want to grow in their existing or supporting new supply chains there are a number of challenges which exist. Aside from the current political […]

North East to pilot Open Innovation 2.0 Lab, working in partnership with European SMEs and multinationals

North East Local Enterprise Partnership SMEs in the North East are being given the opportunity to partner with European businesses to develop new projects, solving problems posed by multinational manufacturers such as Nissan, Caterpillar and Komatsu. The North East has been selected to pilot the Open Innovation 2.0 Lab programme which is designed to encourage […]

Alex Marsh from Maven speaks to Boiler Plan MD, Ian Henderson

Alex Marsh, Investment Manager at Maven, caught up with Boiler Plan Managing Director, Ian Henderson, to find out how the £2.15m investment from Maven’s VCTs and North East Development Capital Fund has helped the business accelerate the growth of its disruptive ‘digital first’ service for the sale and installation of boilers. Boiler Plan has achieved […]