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Leicester Business Festival : A Wealth of Opportunity – Competitions, Grants, Business Support, Tax Credits ++

November 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

It costs money to innovate and grow successful businesses.

Within Leicestershire and the East Midlands there is a wealth of support and funding available for companies to access. This can be for capital equipment, innovation, job creation, apprenticeships and growth capital.

Learn about the funding and support available to businesses in Charnwood and the East Midlands area and connect with some of the key organisations that can help you find the right funding for your business.

“A Wealth of Opportunity” is an informal networking event to be held as part of Leicester Business Festival at the Organ Grinder in Loughborough on Thursday the 7th of November where you can talk to a number of key business support organisations.

This event, organised by LATi in partnership with inCharnwood, is open to all businesses – from SMEs to larger enterprises.

It will be particularly valuable for those who are searching for new sources of funding, are looking to expand their businesses, or wish to set up business in the region, as well as heads and senior decision makers of high-tech and scientific businesses including:

·       Advanced manufacturing and engineering

·       Life sciences, biosciences and healthcare

·       Sports science and sports technology

·       Space and satellite technology

·       Low carbon industry

·       Professional services

·       Business support

·       Funding support

Funding experts experienced in working with Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and High-Tech will be attending and speaking at this networking event.

Attendees will get the opportunity to:

·       Meet with industry peers and talk about business topics that matter to you

·       Make useful business connections

·       Find out about support available for businesses

·       Discover new business funding options

·       Create new collaboration opportunities

·       Be part a vibrant business community

·       Highlight your own activities, to network, share knowledge, and establish synergies.


Free to attend! Register via Leicester Business Festival 

Our speakers

Sam Stephens of TBAT InnovationSam Stephens of TBAT Innovation will provide an update on funding from Innovate UK and HMRC R&D Tax Credits.

Sam started his  career at Rolls-Royce Aerospace as a graduate and manufacturing engineer before moving across to Rolls Royce and Associates as a Development and Project Engineer. Four great years designing and implementing repairs to the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet delivered a wealth of engineering and an appreciation of real-life deployments of new technology in demanding environments. Three years project management of gas turbine development and test at Alstom further expanded his skill set and knowledge.

Now, Sam heads up Business Development and R&D Tax Credits at TBAT.

Jeff Mallows, Senior Business Advisor at innovate2succeed will talk about the innovate2succeed programme and how it can help you nurture innovation more effectively, rapidly commercialise concepts, and grow your bottom line,

During an engineering career of almost 30 years, Jeff worked for manufacturing companies in sectors ranging from consumer products to scientific instruments, and has led the development of a number of product innovations from concept through to production on national and international projects.

Jeff possesses both technical and business qualifications including an MBA and also holds vocational qualifications in Engineering Management, Project Management and Lean Six Sigma.

Victoria Patel – Project Leader- Innovation at Medilink East Midlands will cover the support available under the ERDF-funded SOLSTICE programme for Life Science companies in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Victoria has extensive experience delivering business support to Leicestershire businesses and also has hands-on experience of growing a successful, innovative business. Roles at the Business Gateway Growth Hub and the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership have given Victoria a strong local network and she is now the main contact for SoLSTICE at Medilink East Midlands.

Shannon Stodd, Innovation Fellow for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
, will highlight the opportunity to identify and overcome your business challenges. Find out how to access world-leading expertise and facilities at the University of Leicester through FREE Innovation Projects via the Leicester Innovation Hub.

About InCharnwood

InCharnwood is an initiative by Charnwood Borough Council, which has been developed to market the area to businesses and attract inward investment to create a stronger local economy. [email protected]

About LATi

LATi, a thriving networking group for people who work in high-tech, science and engineering, was established in Loughborough in 1996 as a ‘science park without walls’. Today, the not-for-profit provides networking and business support for companies and individuals involved in the innovative use of science and technology. http://lati.org.uk/ @LATILtd


November 7, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Organ Grinder
4 Woodgate
Loughborough, LE11 2TY United Kingdom
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