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Design for Success - Cheshire & Warrington

Date: 7th February 2019
Location: Energy Centre, Thornton Science Park, Pool Lane, CH2 4NU
Time: 8:00am - 11:00am
Theme: Operational efficiency, Innovation

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 Manufacturing Growth Fund logo        Cheshire and Warrington logo          The Growth Company

Do you want to increase your market share in existing markets?

Do you want to access new markets?

Do you want to access new market segments?

Manufacturing leaders and design engineers are invited to attend a fully-funded workshop which will lay the foundations of a robust new product introduction and innovation strategy.

In an ever-evolving marketplace, defined by changing consumer needs, continuous emerging competition, as well as social, political and technological developments, undertaking Research and Development (R&D) is critical to ensure the business’ continuous growth and prosperity.

The Design for Success workshop series has been designed to provide manufacturing SMEs with the knowledge of one of the most widely implemented industry frameworks for managing new product innovation excellence, the Stage Gate Process.

Why should I attend?

  • To understand the need to invest in R&D
  • To learn the fundamental steps of the Stage Gate Process framework
  • To gain an understanding of common pitfalls in New Product Development and Introduction
  • To learn how to secure and maximise the value of your intellectual property

Who should attend?

  • Manufacturing Leaders and Business Owners
  • R&D Managers
  • Design Engineers and Assembly Operators

Please note:

Our workshops are part-funded by European Regional Development Funds.

Our workshops are delivered free of charge to participants; however, as they are fully-funded, they are classed as state aid to participating businesses and are subject to state aid rules and the associated eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Location: North West manufacturing clients
  • SME: Small or medium enterprise i.e. less than 250 (Full Time Equivalent) employees and annual turnover less than 50 Million Euro OR Balance Sheet less than 43 million Euro 
  • Sector Restrictions may also apply

Agenda

08:00 Registration, Networking and Breakfast
08:30 New Product Introduction & Innovation - The Stage Gate Process
09:15 Revolutionising product design with digital technologies, Ian Marshall, Made Smarter Business Advisor & Julian Ford, Made Smarter IDT Advisor
09:35 IP, Patents and Trademarks - Secure your new product and maximise the value of your intellectual property, Dr. Chris McDonald, Partner, Wilson Gunn
09:55 Workshop - Roundtable discussions
10:20 Introduction to the Innovation to Commercialisation programme, Jim Colston, Business Development Manager, Innovation to Commercialisation Programme
10:30 Lab Facilities Tour, Barry Gleave, Senior Project Engineer, Innovation to Comercialisation
11:00 Event Close

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