Take a look through our events calendar to see upcoming North East events designed to help your business grow from the Innovation SuperNetwork and its partners.

COVID-19 Update

The Innovation SuperNetwork is following Government advice throughout COVID-19 and as a result are not holding any physical events at the moment. However, we remain committed to supporting North East businesses and are hosting webinars on a variety of topics to help. You can watch them here.

We continue to update our event calendar below with upcoming webinars that we think will benefit North East businesses.

  • Cybersecurity webinar with CyberNorth
    11:00 -12:00

    This webinar brings together regional experts in cyber security to bring everyone up to speed with what’s going on in this fast changing arena. Experts in this webinar include, exponential-e, Northumbria University and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

  • Social Tech North East #TechLunchTuesday
    12:00 -14:00

    Join VONNE and Consult and Design for Tech Lunch Tuesday – a virtual drop in session for the digital technology and voluntary, community and social enterprise communities to come together and chat.

    This session will give you the chance to share your current experiences, ask questions to the rest of the community and find out where you can get support. It’s informal, so we’ll be around 12-2, but you can drop in for as long as suits you – bring your lunch or a cuppa.

  • How to set up and market a successful ecommerce business
    13:00 -14:00

    Join experts from Leaf Grow and RetroFuzz as they discuss how to set up an ecommerce business.

    The webinar will cover the ease, opportunity and do’s and don’ts of setting up and marketing a successful ecomm business. From Shopify store set up, to fulfilment and Facebook marketing, this will be a 360 view of everything you need to know about ecommerce.

    This session will be useful for companies looking to innovate and diversify during these challenging times.

  • Cashflow planning and funding opportunities
    11:00 -12:00

    Join NewcastleGateshead Initiative for the next of their GX Project webinars where UNW will discuss cashflow planning and what funding opportunities are currently available. Hear how businesses can adapt their forecasts, why this is so important and additional considerations that need to be taken.

    Stephanie Davidson from UNW will also talk you through the government funding initiatives, such as CBILS, that are available and what other funding is out there.

    12:45 -14:00

    The North East Futures UTC, North East Business Futures and Accenture have partnered to deliver an online event, designed to provide an opportunity for the industry sector, UTC students and members of the public to hear from, and engage with, leading experts in the field of the digital technologies and how they are being implemented to transform the health and social care and digital sectors.  

    Never before has the need for digital technologies been so great as in the confrontation of a wide range of issues being faced by the healthcare sector.  The Covid-19 pandemic is driving the need for digital innovations to support the management and treatment of health and social care for the population, and this trend will change the shape of future healthcare as we know it.

    Matthew Swindells, former Deputy Chief Executive Officer for NHS England, will talk about the transformation digital technologies changing the face of the Health Service and provide observations on what the future will hold post Covid19.

    Derek Marshall, Associate Director (Workforce Planning and Information) Health Education England and Vice Chair of Governors (North East Futures UTC) will lead a Q&A session with Matthew Swindells and provide an insight into the need for digital innovation to meet the demands of the health system

    The online event will be held on Wednesday 13th May 2020 from 12.45pm – 2.00pm

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  • Beyond Lockdown: An employers’ guide to preparing to return to work
    14:00 -15:00

    Delivered by Alison Schreiber, Director of The HR Dept Durham and Jayne Hart, Director of The HR Dept Newcastle, this session will provide an overview of issues that employers may face in the return to work beyond lockdown.

    We may not yet know what a return will look like but we can begin to plan for scenarios with and understanding about the people implications.

    Alison and Jayne will explain what do you need to do as an employer to prepare for a return to work and what the issues could be short and longer term: short term working, redundancies, employee objection, picking up on pre existing issues, damaged morale, bereavements, childcare issues, H&S, motivation, wellbeing and more!

    Lots of practical advice and tips on how to prepare for your people to return to work.

    Please note this an ONLINE workshop.

  • The Economic Picture from the Bank of England
    11:00 -12:00

    On the 7th May 2020 the Bank of England published this quarter’s Monetary Policy Report, the first since the UK lockdown.

    In this webinar, Gareth Harrison, Deputy Agent for the Bank of England in the North East, will talk through the figures and what it will mean for the economy and North East businesses.

    For NGI partners that attended the February partner meeting, at which Gareth talked through the economic picture as it looked pre-lockdown, it may be of particular interest.

    The Monetary Policy Report (May 2020) can be found here:

  • Cybersecurity webinar with CyberNorth
    11:00 -12:00

    CyberNorth is Dynamo’s cyber security cluster, with the aim of positioning the North East as a great place to deliver cyber security services. It is at the vanguard of regional activity in creating a regional cyber security ecosystem including cyber security service suppliers, support services providers, consumers of cyber security services, academia, government, other public sectors including blue light organisations, media and policy makers.

    Over the next months we will be holding a fortnightly webinar inviting regional cyber security experts to bring us up to speed with what is going on in this fast changing arena.

  • What Big Data is telling us about the future of tourism
    14:00 -15:00

    As the tourism industry has sought to respond to the impact of the Coronavirus, data has been critical in helping with decision making and strategic thinking. A number of regional companies are at the forefront of using data gathering to support and inform the future of our towns and cities and their tourism offering. Ian Thomas, Director of Leisure Tourism and Research at NGI, will chair this webinar where we’ll hear insights from The Urban Observatory and Wordnerds.

  • Remote Recruitment and Onboarding
    09:30 -10:30

    As businesses settle into remote working, new challenges present themselves – how to recruit and onboard remotely to fill any gaps in the team and perhaps even grow!
    We bring together resourcing, learning and culture specialists to share their experiences of bringing people on board over the past few months and offer insight into welcoming people into the team embedding culture.

  • Introduction to Innovative Online Working – free webinar (1 of 2)
    15:00 -16:00

    Following on from his guide to online innovation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, join Michael Coates for the first of two free webinars on innovative online working.

    Introduction To Innovative Online Working takes you through the basics of online working and shows how simple online tools give you the chance to innovate and add value to your organisation’s work.

    You’ll cover:
    – An introduction to “Lean Thinking” and “Innovative Thinking”
    – How to map work flows
    – How to identify opportunities to work differently
    – Overview of Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, Houseparty, WhatsApp and similar tools
    – Best practice for video conferencing
    – Linking online communication tools to workflow analysis
    – Using these tools to innovate in your service delivery

    Michael will also answer your questions about innovation online.

  • Future Fund webinar
    14:00 -16:00

    The North East Local Enterprise Partnership invites you to join regional investors and operators, including Northstar Ventures and SeedLegals, via Zoom on 28 May at 2pm to learn more about government’s Future Fund convertible loan scheme to protect innovation businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Tech founder and entrepreneur, Paul Smith, will chair the event.

  • Opportunities and challenges with the ageing audience
    15:00 -16:00

    The tourism industry has been one of the worst affected by current challenges and is now looking at what a ‘new normal’ might look like. Our ‘Adapting and Innovating in 2020’ series continues to explore and discuss the challenges and potential opportunities for the industry.

  • The new Innovate UK support package under COVID-19 – what does it mean for the investor community?
    11:00 -12:00

    Join Jenny Tooth OBE in conversation with Dr Ian Campbell, Executive Chair, Innovate UK and find out how these new grants and loans schemes work, how they can support innovating businesses to achieve further investment and growth.

    • How can these measures be used to help boost angel and early stage investment across the UK?

    • How can angel and early stage backed business already in receipt of Innovate UK grants make the most of the grants to continue to achieve further commercialisation and growth.

    • What support will be accessible for businesses bringing new innovative solutions to address the long-term impact of COVID-19 and how can they access Innovate UK grants and leverage investment.

    • How will Innovate UK grants sit alongside other finance measures available now and, in the future?

    Please note that spaces are prioritised for investors and members of the UKBAA.