Innovation newsletter - Issue 19

April 2017



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£1m of costs savings for Welsh Utilities company

Wales & West Utilities is one of eight organisations to join our  ‘open innovation’ pilot programme. Developed by Welsh

Government, the programme encourages some of the country’s biggest employers to reach out to the huge pool of talent that exists in Wales to help tackle their key business challenges.


To date 47 distinct projects have been underpinned by £3m worth of investment, have already resulted in an estimated £1m of cost savings and put the company in a far better position to maximise the potential of future projects and solutions.


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Ground breaking technology from Wales

Following support from the Welsh Government, Sure Chill has developed an eco friendly cooling system that has the ability to change lives and lifestyles.

Watch Ian Tansley, their Chief Technical Officer, speak to Business Wales.


KTPs driving innovation and supporting business growth


In partnership with the Welsh Government, The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.


The aim of the enhanced KTP is to help Welsh businesses to become more competitive by identifying and exploiting knowledge and technology from overseas not ordinarily available in the UK.


For more information visit our expertise Wales portal


Updated Innovation Zone

We have updated our Innovation Zone on the Business Wales website to bring you the latest information to help your business become more competitive, increase sales and enter new markets.

Find out more about innovation support and funding

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Wales Festival of Innovation: 19th - 30th June 2017

The Wales Festival of Innovation showcases innovation throughout Wales through a number of events, seminars, and workshops run by companies and academia.


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CoInnovate 2017: 27th - 28th June 2017

CoInnovate is an event designed to bring together the world’s leading innovators in the spirit of collaboration. It is packed full of insightful talks, interactive sessions, technology pitches, engaging workshops and plenty of networking opportunities. The programme includes:

  • Tech Live! For researchers looking for industry partnerships
  • Pitch Live! For start-ups and SMEs looking for partners and investors to access new markets or grow their business


Click here for the full programme


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Welsh government is committed to delivering more and better jobs for Wales, through a stronger, fairer economy. We will improve and reform our public services and eliminate inconsistent delivery. By working together for Wales, we will secure opportunity for all, and build a united, connected and sustainable country.

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