Events

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.

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  • Rural Housing Design Mission: Innovation Challenge Development
    13:30 -15:00
    13/08/2020

    Over the past 8 weeks we’ve engaged with key stakeholders and surveyed local residents living in rural Northumberland, facing first hand rural housing problems and challenges.

    Unsurprisingly, we have identified many challenges around a rapidly ageing population, connectivity, and the need for low carbon solutions. But for now, we’d like to focus on exploring how second homes in rural communities might become fundamental assets to the community as well as to the owner; to support rural Northumberland in achieving more balanced sustainable rural communities – meaning residents, visitors and tourists having easily accessible and integrated access to appropriate homes, services and facilities as well as an economically diverse population incorporating business and leisure

    At this rural housing innovation workshop, we are asking companies, innovators and entrepreneurs to come together with key stakeholders and local rural residents to unpick the challenges caused by too many second homes in rural communities and develop new concepts and ideas to address the challenges.

    Problem to address:

    Increased ownership second Homes is affecting the sustainability of rural Northumberland communities for example by
    1. Inflating prices meaning younger local people are priced out of area and village populations are decreasing and ageing communities becoming isolated
    2. Reduced occupancy means local services are less viable e.g. schools, shops, transport
    3. Under population of certain areas by as much as 70%
    4. Seasonal use of holiday homes reduces footfall in winter

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