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30 June 2009
Opportunities for South Wales businesses to collaborate with some of the UK’s leading companies will be discussed this week as part of a major University business networking workshop.
Innovation MarketPlace: The Path to Collaborative Business Innovation, which takes place at the University’s Julian Hodge Building this week (Thursday 2nd July 2009), is a free networking event open to all South Wales businesses.
The event is designed to raise awareness of the opportunities available to collaborate with leading companies, including Sony and EADS, and help businesses develop strategies to emerge stronger from the current economic downturn.
Derek Jones, the University’s Director of Business and Strategic Partnerships, said: "Innovation is about applying new ideas to all aspects of your business to make it more successful. It is the lifeblood of every business – especially in these challenging economic times.
"This free event is a real opportunity for South Wales businesses to hear from some of the largest companies in South Wales about what innovative collaborative opportunities they have to offer.
"This event is also a chance to network with other businesses, big and small, and hear from the Welsh Assembly Government about what they can offer in terms of advice and support. I would encourage any company interested in seeking collaborative opportunities to attend."
The event will hear a keynote speech from Ian Risk, Head of EADS Innovation Works UK, who will outline the role of EADS Innovation Works, a partnership between EADS (the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company), Government and Higher Education, to develop the group’s technological innovation capability and drive collaborative opportunities in South Wales.
The event will also hear from Steve Dalton, Managing Director of Sony UK’s Technology Centre, who will outline opportunities for business collaboration with Sony and Jeff Jones, who will offer advice on the support and funding available from the Welsh Assembly Government, and connect companies to a team of Innovation Managers.
Attendance at the event is free. Further information, and to register for the event, is available at: www.innovation-network.org.uk
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