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East Midlands Innovation: Leicester Innovation Week - Delivering the goods: Logistics Focus

Event details
Thursday, 1 March 2018
7:45 am – 12:45 pm
Innovation support events for businesses in the Midlands


Whether your business is a committed innovator, start-up or dipping your toe in the water, learn about funding and other help offered by Innovate UK and local support agencies.

With a focus on the Logistics Sector, this free breakfast seminar will provide you with information on local and national innovation support to help you grow and scale your business.

This sector has been chosen because of its importance to the local economy and labour market.

Benefits of attending:

  • To help attendees understand where to go for innovation funding and practical advice on what is available.
  • Expert insight into future trends
  • Connect with potential collaborators
  • Access to expert business advisors.  
The events are aimed at smaller companies who do not usually look to government agencies and universities for support.
  • Understand what is required in writing a successful grant application.


8.30 Welcome and introduction: Julian Bowrey, Regional Manager, Innovate UK

  • Why innovate?
  • Funding and support on offer from Innovate UK, LLEP and Loughborough University

9.10 Plenary session

Successful innovate local SME

  • Stephen Watson, Microlise

Innovation in the final mile

  • Graham Thomas, Ocado

Future innovations in logistics

  • Simon Beechinor, Transport Systems Catapult

Next generation employment

  • Alex Farkas, DWP

Workforce Innovation

  • Tracey Worth, Institute of Couriers

Panel Q&A

10.45 Networking break

11.00 Choice of workshops


  • Planning for growth led by Leicester and Leicestershire Business Gateway
  • Innovate to grow led by Enterprise Europe Network
  • Innovating through KTP
  • Drop in clinics with business support providers

12.15 next steps and close