7 Dec 2012

Former P&G professional joins Science City business support team

A highly experienced business development professional who held senior positions with multinational manufacturer Procter & Gamble has joined Newcastle Science City’s business support team.

Entrepreneurs and businesses in the North East can now benefit from the advice and expertise of Charlie Wainwright whose new role with Science City will involve helping to grow new and existing science and technology businesses.

Charlie spent 25 years working for Procter & Gamble, including nine years leading its medical consumables division. He had responsibility for global regions, commercialising product concepts and leading brand development initiatives.

He then joined Attends Healthcare in senior general management and marketing roles and was involved in the company’s purchase by 3i in 2002 and its subsequent sale in 2006.

More recently, Charlie has worked with new start and early stage SMEs, raising investment, developing and delivering launch strategies and mentoring commercial management teams.  

Charlie said: “I’m really looking forward to sharing the knowledge I’ve acquired with the businesses Science City supports. I’m especially excited about working with young entrepreneurs to support their ambition to create a business and take that through to success.”

Charlie will be based at Science City’s offices at the Devonshire Building, Devonshire Terrace and with Newcastle University’s Rise Up enterprise team at King’s Gate.

Simon Green, Newcastle Science City’s head of business support, said: “Charlie has a wealth of experience of working in businesses from start-ups through to large corporates and his knowledge and expertise will bring further strength to our specialist team.

“The depth of his understanding of the health and medical markets will be invaluable to the businesses we work with in these fields.”

Science City’s business support team helps companies in the North East to connect with new networks, commercialise innovations and grow. The team focuses on businesses in Newcastle’s science themes of ageing, sustainability and medicine – the big growth areas in society, which are areas of strength for the city and are most in need of innovative thinking for future sustainable development.

To find out how Science City can help your business contact  Simon Green, head of business support, on 0191 208 4117, email [email protected] or click here 

 Newcastle Science City is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, securing £2.3million of ERDF investment. The ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013 is bringing over £300m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.

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