Businesses benefit from innovative solutions at Staffordshire University

AN EVENT for businesses to explore the benefits of innovation and working with the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology (FCET) at Staffordshire University is set to take place.

InnovateFest Autumn 2010, which runs on Wednesday, October 20, will give businesses a chance to network and see what the University can offer them.

They will be able to see first-hand how the knowledge and expertise at the University – as well as close relationships with key funding bodies – could give their businesses an edge in today’s market.

Presentations and exhibitions will also be available from external partner organisations throughout the event.

These include: the Technology Strategy Board, Manufacturing Advisory Service West Midlands, Enterprise Europe Network and the Regional Knowledge Transfer Partnership Advisors.

Professor Adrian Low, Faculty Director of Research Resources and Enterprise for FCET, said: “The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology at Staffordshire University is renowned for bringing business and technology together.

“Every year the Faculty helps local, regional and national businesses to improve efficiency, increase productivity, secure vital project funding and benefit from the technical expertise necessary to bring ideas to life.

“The University has a great deal to offer the business community, both locally and nationally, as our previous and current partnerships have proved. Events such as InnovateFest are a great way of forging many new partnerships within the business community.”

InnovateFest will offer information on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), research and development, business and manufacturing processes, workforce training, access to funding and tax incentives.

One recent successful KTP involved Grenville Engineering (Stoke-on-Trent) Ltd. The collaboration led to the development of a new Management Information System (MIS), an increase in sales turnover of £1.5 million and a £400,000 saving in staff time.

Mark Barratt, Managing Director of Grenville Engineering, said: “The KTP with Staffordshire University has transformed our business processes from manual paper based to automatic and electronic, which resulted in increased efficiency, greater visibility to management and better customer services.”

Tony Bowers, Academic Supervisor for FCET, added: “The project with Grenville Engineering was extremely successful and demonstrated that the KTP process can deliver positive results for the company, the associate and the institution.”

InnovateFest Autumn 2010 will be opened by the Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University Professor Christine King. The newly refurbished Research Centre, the Thin Film Lab and the Digital Forensics Lab will also be opened during the afternoon.

The event takes place between 2pm-7:30pm on October 20 at the Octagon Building, Beaconside, Staffordshire University.

To register for the free event attendees need to complete an online registration form, which can be found at, where there are also further details on the event.


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