Business news and events - September 2019

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HSBC UK Let's Ride Coventry - Sunday 8 September 10am - 3pm

Let's ride

Coventry is hosting a free cycling festival with a difference on Sunday 8 September. See the city from the saddle on a traffic free circuit including the Ring Road and Cathedral Quarter. There are lots of free activities from 10am in Broadgate and in University Square by the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. You can do as many laps of the 5km circuit as you want from 11am until 3pm. And you don’t need to be an experienced cyclist – as it's traffic free and there's a 1km option too. Bring your own bike or there are family bikes to hire in Broadgate (bring ID).

Sign up for the free event or join in on the day. 

Business & Cyber Crime Update event - C&W Chamber event

Business Cyber Crime

Date: Tuesday 10 September 2019

Time: 9.00am - 11.30am

Venue: Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, MTC, Pilot Way, Coventry, CV7 9JU

Cost: Free to attend

Organised by the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Do you know how vulnerable your business is to being a victim of crime? Are you aware of the latest cyber threats and how you can protect your business? Do you know what a "pineapple" is and what a zero-day threat is?

If not, then join us at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry for our Business & Cyber Crime Update. We will be joined by Warwickshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Seccombe, who will provide insight on the latest business crime figures, updates on the types of crime businesses are experiencing in the region and the work of the Business Crime Team in Warwickshire.

This will be followed by an informative cyber security update from the team at Netmetix, looking at zero-day virus threats, the most common ways in which businesses are targeted and the new sophisticated ways in which criminals are spear phishing your "C Suite" teams!

The event will be brought to a close by our Update Sponsor, Circle Insurance Service Ltd, who will provide some interesting facts and figures on the businesses who have fallen victim to cyber crime, as well as how they can help you pick up the pieces if it does go wrong!

Book Now.

Coventry Future Mobility & Air Quality Roundtable - BVRLA event


Join our roundtable and share your views with Coventry City Council, who are actively considering air quality and future mobility measures within the city right now.

These events are aimed at ensuring that the voice of the Fleet Sector is heard when considering the requirements, location and enforcement measures intended to improve air quality. These events will help develop a set of principles that will ensure any incoming clean air measures are cost-effective, business friendly, and successful in improving air quality across the city. The round table will also focus on future mobility plans for the city, after the West Midlands was chosen to be the UK’s first ‘Future Mobility Area’ in autumn last year. Therefore the conversation will in part focus on innovative urban mobility solutions such as mobility credits and last mile deliveries, which seek to address the problems of poor air quality and congestion, as well as the council’s recent investment in electric vehicle charging.

This event comes at a crucial point for Coventry City Council, who are actively considering air quality and future mobility measures within the city right now. This event will give you the opportunity to speak directly to council representatives, hear more about the plans they are considering and offer your feedback.

The event will be taking place on Wednesday 18 September, between 9am-12noon at Coventry Council House, Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR.

Spaces are limited for this event. If you would like to attend please email 

Renewable Energy Sources - a clean energy vision

Renewables event

This event is for businesses who are interested in learning more about renewable energy sources and how to assess whether using these technologies are a viable option. As we see a growing number of companies adopting renewable electricity solutions for their energy needs, this event will look at the opportunities available. This event will also examine battery storage, the commercial viability of solar batteries and the payback periods with Solar PV and energy storage case studies.

This event will:

  • Provide an overview of the technologies and options available
  • Showcase organisations who have adopted renewable energy technologies
  • Outline details on how energy storage can work for your business
  • Outline access to new funding opportunities for renewable energy for small to medium sized business in Coventry and Warwickshire, with details on free energy and resource efficiency audits
  • Identify how a business can gain a competitive advantage by taking early action in moving to low carbon approaches.

Register now for your free place.  

Visit our website to find out how the Programme can help your business with funding and energy and resource savings in 2019.

Developing low carbon automotive capability: apply for funding

Carbon emissions

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for UK-developed late stage R&D in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.

This Advanced Propulsion Centre and Innovate UK competition is looking for projects that demonstrate the development of on-vehicle technologies for on or off-road vehicles.

Cutting emissions

Projects must either accelerate the development of low and zero tailpipe emission capable technologies, or demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions leading to air quality improvements.

Proposals should align with the UK’s Industrial Strategy and must demonstrate how high value R&D will take place in the UK as a result of this funding.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre is particularly looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term supply chain, associated capabilities and growth aspirations.

This includes, improving productivity and competitiveness in the design, build and manufacture of low and zero tailpipe-emission capable vehicles.

Competition information

  • the project must be led by a UK business
  • it must be based in the UK
  • it must involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • it must include a vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier
  • total eligible costs must be 50% match funded and between £5-40 million

The competition is open for applications and the deadline is midday on 16 October 2019.

Find out more and apply

Economic Development Service

Tel: 024 7697 1067