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Design for Success - Lancashire

Date: 7th March 2019
Location: Lancashire Digital Technology Centre, Bancroft Road, Burnley, BB10 2TP
Time: 8:00am - 11:00am
Theme: Operational efficiency, Innovation

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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.

The session will close with a tour of the BCW Manufacturing Group facility, which will demonstrate some of the topics discussed during the event.

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


08:00 Registration, Networking and Breakfast
08:30 New Product Introduction & Innovation - The Stage Gate Process
09:00 Revolutionising product design with digital technologies, Peter McOnie, Made Smarter Business Advisor & Claire Scott Made Smarter IDT advisor
09:20 IP, Patents and Trademarks - Secure your new product and maximise the value of your intellectual property, Aimee Cawley, Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney, Marks & Clerk LLP
09:40 Workshop - Roundtable discussions
10:10 Introduction to the Manufacturing Growth Fund and support available
10:15 BCW Manufacturing Group – A business case study
10:30 Factory Tour - BCW Manufacturing Group
11:00 Event Close

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