NSC Monthly Update
Transforming your tomorrow
Peter Arnold
CEO of Newcastle Science City
Science Highlights

Welcome to Newcastle Science City’s second e-bulletin.

The past few weeks have seen unprecedented political changes. As the impact of these changes begins to unfold, Newcastle Science City and its partners remain extremely confident that the North East has a strong case for ongoing investment, not least in terms of our science and technology credentials.

Now, more than ever, our industrial fortitude and innovative culture will ensure that we continue to forge ahead with critical projects that will produce ongoing commercial concerns. I have been lucky enough to see that first hand, from inside the Newcastle Innovation Machine, which this month announces its first spin-out business, Adtronik.

At the same time, you will see that we are pushing forward with recruitment for a second wave of innovation managers and support staff, and a host of events during June.

I would like to thank our chairman, Paul Walker for agreeing to contribute towards this month’s guest slot. If you would like to take part in a later edition of this e-bulletin, please get in touch.

NSC News Update
NSC Community Engagement Programme

Three new recruits have joined the Newcastle Science City partnership, with the aim of making science more interesting, relevant, accessible and fun for people across the city.

The team of community science development workers, Ravinder Singh, Oliver Ketteringham and Debbie Rossen (pictured left to right), will be supporting the delivery of a wide range of projects, workshops and events across the city, aimed at encouraging people to start up science-based projects as a way of tackling issues that affect their daily lives.

The team are employed by Centre West – formerly New Deal for Communities – which operates in Newcastle’s West End. Debbie said: “I am really looking forward to getting out there and working with groups. I think people will be surprised at how much science they already know and do, without even realizing it.’’

A number of grant schemes have been established to help people develop ideas that will improve their communities. Opportunities to get involved will be promoted at events taking place throughout the summer.

Breakfast with Steve Radcliffe

This free breakfast workshop, led by one of Europe’s top leadership coaches, Steve Radcliffe, promises to be a unique opportunity for science and technology based start-up companies to develop their leadership skills, helping their organisations to prosper.

Steve’s highly effective and proven coaching style will help unlock the actions, practices and guidelines needed to accelerate leadership skills. This will help businesses to recruit the right people, identify how coaching styles can help get the best out of individuals, and help businesses demonstrate strong leadership to VC companies.

Hosted by NSC, this free event takes place at The Exchange, Time Central on Monday 14th June at 8-10.30am. Register your interest to attend this FREE workshop by sending your name, company name and address to [email protected]. We expect high demand so please register early.

Find out more about Steve at www.futureengagedeliver.com

What opportunities does an ageing society offer my business?

The over 50s are 20 million strong, hold over 80% of the UK’s wealth and are responsible for around 40% of UK consumer spending. This presents a fantastic opportunity for businesses to engage and trade with a longer living, healthier and increasingly demanding and diverse population.

To understand the impact of this opportunity, Newcastle University, invites local businesses to an event which aims to identify how these opportunities can be maximised. The event will be hosted by Professor Tom Kirkwood CBE, an internationally renowned expert on ageing and Director of the Institute of Ageing and Health, followed by an opportunity to discuss your business with staff from the University in a networking session.

The event takes place on Thursday 1st July from 2pm, at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. To register for the event go to http://www.ncl.ac.uk/iah/boa

Paul Walker
Chairman, Newcastle Science City
Spotlight on North East science: a force for global enterprise

It is beginning to sound trite, but UK plc is facing a tough few years. Government spending cuts, likely inflation and troubles in European investment markets will all have an impact on the confidence of boardrooms, nation-wide. As if recovering from a global recession wasn’t challenging enough.

There are, however, reasons to be cheerful for those of us in the scientific business community, both regionally and nationally. Taking the higher education budget out of the equation, the UK’s core science budget remains relatively intact. Critically, the appointment of David Willetts as Minister of State for Universities and Science within the Department for Business Innovation and Skills means science has ongoing representation at cabinet level. Reassuringly, the Science and Technology Select Committee is reforming, giving a vital platform for debate over issues that affect commercial aspects of science such as the migrant cap, which could potentially limit the UK’s ability to attract overseas talent.

Which brings me to a regional point. In recent years, the North East has attracted some genuinely outstanding talent in the fields of science and technology. Some of that talent has been retained, having been nurtured in one of our excellent academic institutions, but significant appointments have also been drawn from overseas.

Take Newcastle Science City’s Innovation Machine, for example. A third of its entrepreneurs have been attracted to the region having already cut their teeth in international businesses. These individuals are now on the cusp of launching start-up companies, from Newcastle, that have a global context but add to our regional market strengths in green energy, stem cell research and ageing and health.

There is no doubt that strength in depth will be critical for progress in science and technology in the UK, and the same is true for regional prosperity. Collective actions on issues that affect us as North East businesses, as well as members of the global science and technology community, will ensure our voices are heard.

For that reason, Newcastle Science City is an important vehicle for all of us in North East science and technology. As its chairman, I am extremely proud of the progress we have made to date and am confident that we can continue to make a positive impact on the regional economy, as well as the global scientific stage.

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