Innovation newsletter - Issue 17 - November 2016

November 2016


GL James

North Wales Partnership thriving

A family-led company has increased productivity and market share by working in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

Gwynedd-based GL Jones Playgrounds took advantage of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme.

This helps businesses innovate and grow by linking them with a university and an individual graduate to work on a specific project.

KTP projects can last between 12 and 36 months and are part-funded in Wales by a grant from the Welsh Government.


Businesses break through barriers

Over 1300 entrepreneurs, investors and innovators descended on Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium for the 4th Annual Venturefest Wales.

The event brought together a record number of delegates from across with the aim of stimulating business growth in Wales.  Exhibitors included OR3D who have received Welsh Government Innovation support.


To register your interest in Venturefest 2017 Read more


Screentec improves competitive edge

Ferndale based business Screentec benefitted from free consultancy support from Welsh Government. The support, backed by EU funds, helped identify areas of general business improvements and recommended the steps necessary to achieve these.


Delivered by qualified consultants support is focused around areas that increase competitiveness, such as increased productivity, quality and efficiency, and the development of new products, processes or services.


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High speed Wi-Fi from your airplane seat

Finding a solution to increasing bandwidth for aircraft passengers and better management of Britain’ underground assets are just two of the challenges set by industry on the new Welsh Government portal. Our new Industry challenges & collaboration section on Expertise Wales gives businesses and academia the ability to identify opportunities to work together. To see the full list of challenges visit Expertise Wales.

SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) challenges – Creating value from waste mattress textiles

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has launched a £350k competition for businesses to develop ideas and test innovative approaches capable of creating value from Waste Mattress Textiles. Successful applicants will receive 100% funding to test the feasibility of innovative solutions and further demonstrate sustainable solutions to this problem.

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Winners of the North Wales Photonics Launchpad Unveiled

Five of the most exciting early stage companies centered on the cluster of photonics, electro-optics, and opto-electronics businesses in North Wales have been announced as winners of the Innovate UK competition. The companies will receive help and support from various partners including the Welsh Government.

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Competition Briefing: Materials and Manufacturing – 1st December  

Innovate UK is to invest over £15m in innovative projects involving materials and manufacturing. If you feel your project can help overcome technical and commercial challenges then why not come along to our briefing event.


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Student Innovation Award  Ceremony – 15th December 2016

The awards ceremony will showcase and reward the work of the next generation of innovators. The ceremony follows two successful exhibitions held at Bangor University and Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium in October. Each exhibition showcased 80 of the most innovative design projects by young people from across Wales. The winning projects will be on display at the Senedd from 10am to 2pm.


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Bio Wales 7th-8th March 2017- Wales Millennium Centre


Now in its 15th year the  theme of the event is Health and Wealth, where the unique opportunities in Cell Therapy, Regenerative Medicine and Medical Technologies will take centre focus.  The 2017 event will bring together industry experts, life science investors and international networks, also focussing on the interaction between business, academia and healthcare. 


From now until the 2nd December, BioWales are offering an Early Bird Rate of 40% off for Delegates.  Please visit the website for more information on how to attend.





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