Place West London – Innovation Summit

Brunel University – September 17, 2014

Innovation is central to economic success, and it’s something West London has a grand history in. Nowhere is this more keenly seen that at Brunel University, where innovation – and the commercialisation of that innovation – runs through the DNA. Come and see how the education sector works with business to grow wealth and create jobs.

The event includes a lively series of brief presentations from some of the today’s leading innovators, including speakers from Bubblegum; Cathedral Group; Charlie Bigham’s; IBB; Grainger and Worrall; Jaguar Land Rover; Petra Technology; Ptech; Sustainable Maritime Solutions; as well as Jane Milton; Sir Eric Peacock; James Tooze … and more besides!

09.00   Registration

09.30   Welcome

09.40   Making Knowledge Work

  • Mel Bugler – Managing Director, Northumbrian Fine Foods
  • Don Gregory – Owner, Sustainable Maritime Solutions
  • Aasim Khalid – Managing Director, Kingston Computer Consultancy
  • Andrew Barnes – Director, Ptech

How companies can access expertise and funding support through Universities to meet their R&D needs.  Four businesses will outline the projects they have undertaken with the University – what is entailed and the challenges they faced as well as the benefits they obtained.

10.20   The Importance of Innovation: Focussing on Food

  • Charlie Bigham – Founder and Managing Director, Charlie Bigham’s
  • Jane Milton – Partner, Fresh Banter: Thought Leadership for Food Businesses
  • Dipna Anand, Celebrity Chef and Co-Owner, The Brilliant Restaurant, Southall

Two of West London’s leading food companies from different parts of the sector discuss the importance of innovation for their business and describe key challenges they face and how the knowledge base might be able to help. Jane Milton – a food thought leader will provide an overview of the innovation challenges businesses face and address.

10:50   Coffee

11.15   Making the Future

John O’Reilly – Finance Director, Cathedral Group (Holdings) Ltd
James Tooze – Designer and Maker
Dr Chris Hayes – Partner, IBB
Courtney Wood – Founder, Bubblegum Stuff

Design and innovative manufacturing – supporting and generating new businesses and innovations. This session will give examples of the exciting new development to support businesses in West London

11.50   Changing the World: new metals and new products
Professor Zhongyun Fan – Director, BCAST, Brunel University London
Roger Darlington – Research Manager, Jaguar Land Rover
Tom Greenwood – Research Manager, Grainger and Worrall

Leading companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Grainger and Worrall are working with Brunel to change the way in which metals are developed for industrial use and cars are manufactured.

12.30   My Innovation Story

Sarah McVitie – Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Dressipi Ltd

Sarah McVitie will tell the story of how she came to develop a technologically advanced business that provides a wholly different approach to retailing.

12.40   The Only One of Its Kind in the World …
Dr Alan Reynolds – Deputy Director, Experimental Techniques Centre
Dr Ed Boughton   –   R&D Engineer, TMD Technologies Ltd

There is more to a modern university than meets the eye!  Learn about the facilities – some of which are unique – that the University can provide for business, including a Joel ETM – the only one of its kind in the world!

13.15   Networking lunch and Brunel Clinics

The businesses attending can meet individually with University experts to learn more about:
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Innovations Vouchers
Technology Strategy Board Funding
How Research Councils can help businesses?
EU Funding
Accessing student talent: internships; placements; projects; recruitment
Specific areas of expertise
ETC Facilities
Hospitality Facilities