Date: 11th July 2017
Location: Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Rd, Manchester, M3 4FP
Time: 8:30am - 11:30am
Theme: Innovation, Operational efficiency
This workshop will explore some of the innovation challenges faced by Electricity North West. The distribution network operator is faced with increasing customer demand for electricity as people start to adopt electric or hybrid vehicles and heat pumps at scale. The adoption of these low carbon technologies means customers will have higher expectations for reliability than ever before. These challenges are both impacted by an ageing asset base, the majority of which was installed in the 1950s and 1960s. Electricity North West is looking to work with innovative local SMEs and universities to assist them in solving small parts of these challenges.
This is your chance to identify how your business can get involved, discuss possible solutions and contribute to delivering end products or services in a confidential environment. Participating SMEs will be screened before being accepted to attend based on their business focus, challenges and capabilities.
About the programme
This workshop is part of the Innovate Manchester events programme run by the Business Growth Hub and MIDAS as part of the Business Growth Hub Innovation Service. The workshops aim to bring Manchester’s SMEs, large companies and universities together to address research and development opportunities, with commercial potential.
The Innovate Manchester events are part of a wider range of European Regional Development Fund initiatives, aimed at helping companies to access Manchester’s science assets and to overcome barriers that might be holding back innovation. The events themselves seek to provide a forum for Manchester’s large companies, SMEs and universities to share knowledge, and collaborate around shared problems and business opportunities.
The UK is renowned for its strengths in science and innovation, particularly when it comes to the creation and application of new ideas. Greater Manchester has played a pivotal role in putting British innovation firmly on the map. From the industrial to the advanced materials revolution, the region continues to redefine how business is done, and innovation is at the core of its DNA.
Despite this, Manchester underperforms when it comes to commercialising discoveries made in the research base or when it comes to its SMEs introducing product or process innovations.
These workshops have been created to make it simpler for local companies to identify and benefit from collaboration with the city’s world-class science and technology base, and commercialise innovation, with the advice and support available.