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Workshops & Training 

We are offering free training workshops as part of the Innovation 4 Growth programme to support a range of challenges that SMEs face.

"Such a wide-ranging and interesting day with a great mix of speakers; it was the ideal blend of practical hands-on information and out-of-the-box thinking.  I definitely felt that I left the workshop armed with the tools to take our business to the next level!"

Growth through Innovation workshop

5 & 6 July 2022, 09:00 – 16:30
Business Cyber Centre, Chippenham

A practical workshop to support your business in creating, communicating and funding innovation, free to SMEs in the Swindon & Wiltshire area.

Day 1

  • Ideation – innovation models

  • Culture – leadership and team motivation

  • Funding your innovation – which funding route and writing bids

 

Day 2

  • Business planning

  • Marketing and selling innovation

  • Understanding the local business support landscape and how to engage with UWE Bristol

We're delighting to be one of the first to use the brand new facilities at the Business Cyber Centre in Chippenham, who will host us over the 2 days, just a short walk from the train station and with ample parking.

Sign up for this fully funded training workshop, which will include lunch and refreshments, and we will send you a confirmation of your place and more information about the day. If you can't make these dates, register your interest in future workshops.

 

What do we mean by innovation?

Change, something new, not business as usual – whether that’s creating a new solution or just changing the way you deliver, innovation is personal to each company and our sessions allow you to apply each learning to your strategy, and might help you find some new ideas too

Expert speakers and facilitators will include:

"An excellent course that provided a clear framework for clarifying our 'Why' and the importance of this when bid writing and pitching, delivered in a collaborative, interesting and energetic environment. Great opportunity to share experiences and speak with other founders in similar situations."

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Mark Corderoy, Entrepreneur in residence, Launch Space and Bristol Robotics Laboratory Hardware Incubator

With a background in engineering and technology in a variety of commercial settings, Mark is an experienced Technologist and Award-winning Mentor. He has been at UWE Bristol for last four years as Incubation Manager for the Bristol Robotics Laboratory the leading and largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK as well as Entrepreneur-in-residence for Launch Space, providing business support and mentoring to start-up businesses in UWE Bristol’s University Enterprise Zone.

Aimeé Skinner – Senior Business Innovation & Growth Manager, UWE Bristol.

Aimeé has a background in technical project management, lean six sigma, and large-scale transformation programmes, and has been recognised in the Top 75 innovators in the South West in 2021. She also co-manages the Bristol Innovators’ Group – 600+ innovators, offering networking and learning prospects in the local area. Aimeé oversees several programmes, including Scale-up 4 Growth Gloucestershire, the Digital Innovation Fund, and UWE Bristol’s Launch Space Incubator programme, to further enhance opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses to succeed and grow in the region.

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"This was a re-energising couple of days away from running the business, with some interesting new contacts made and an opportunity to get up to date with some of the resources available."

Is this two-day workshop for you?

It's ideal for SMEs based in Swindon & Wiltshire of all sizes, pre start to established companies, as this workshop is designed to inspire fresh thinking and reflection. Your company could be, for example:

  • A consultancy looking to deliver an online solution

  • A technical product business wanting to consider funding routes

  • An established cleaning business wanting to change their brand focus

  • An electric car conversion company keen to learn about business models

  • A retailer looking at what trading better online means to them

  • A software business wanting to extend their customer base

  • Anyone feeling daunted by writing a grant or bid – or needing advice on funding options

Above gives you a feel of the businesses who have found value in attending previous workshops.

This in-person workshop is funded by the ERDF and is free to SMEs in Swindon & Wiltshire. Places are limited to 20 SMEs and so we politely request that you commit to the full 2-day programme.