Paul Walker
Chairman, Newcastle Science City
Science Highlights

Building corporate entrepreneurship, employing creative communications to gain competitive advantage and uncovering the secrets of attracting R&D funding – this month’s e-news is dedicated to a series of practical events aimed at accelerating the success of the region’s science and technology businesses.

There is nothing quite as inspirational or informative as attending a live event targeted at answering questions you have on a specific topic – as well as shedding light on those all-important issues you hadn’t anticipated.

Newcastle Science City’s Science of Success events series continues to provide entrepreneurs and established SMEs with support to unlock the science behind running a winning business. Below are just a few highlights of imminent events – check out for the full calendar.

Communications experts help businesses take flight – tonight

Check now for last-minute ticket availability and seize your chance to hear James Rothnie’s insider insights on how to hijack your competitors’ business to gain an advantage.

Find out how the former head of PR at easyJet used guerrilla marketing tactics to hijack a British Airways press launch when James comes to the region to show how innovative PR thinking can steal your competitors’ headlines – no matter how big they are.

James will share his top tips of creative and effective communication practice and will explain how understanding the marketing and PR function of your company is fundamental to business triumph at the Science of Communications event tonight at 6pm at Newcastle City Library’s Business and IP Centre.

Aimed at managers, owners, investors and communication professionals, the event will combine communications theory from Helen Woodruffe-Burton of Northumbria University and practical examples from James.

A limited number of free tickets are available. To book visit

Building corporate entrepreneurship

Are you seeking to grow or enhance the entrepreneurial capability of your business?

An event organised by Newcastle University Business School on November 16 will offer valuable insight into some of the research and practical techniques being used to measure and develop entrepreneurship within organisations.

Senior representatives of the North East business community are invited to take part in the event, entitled Building Corporate Entrepreneurship, as part of the Business School’s contribution to Global Entrepreneurship Week (

For further information and to register, please visit the website: or talk to the Business School on Twitter: @NUBizSchool

Accessing TSB funding workshop

Science and technology businesses seeking to fund translational research and development projects have a chance to find out about the funding programmes that are available through the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) at a workshop on November 2.

Newcastle Science City funding specialist Stuart Jackson will give an overview to these funds, which tend to be aimed at companies carrying out applied research (rather than blue sky work) and are aimed primarily at SMEs.

Examples of the funds that will be covered are the Grant for R&D programme, the Small Business Research Initiative and R&D Tax Credits. The workshop, held at Newcastle City Library’s Business & IP Centre, will give background to each of the funds, details of application processes and information on how to maximise chances of success.

To book a free place visit or call 0191 277 4100.

Professor James Hayton
Spotlight on ‘intrapreneurship’

Professor James Hayton, Prof of Innovation & Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School, highlights how the Business School can help companies with corporate entrepreneurship or ‘intrapreneurship’.

Newcastle upon Tyne used to be one of the UK’s highest-performing areas for new-to-the-market innovations. Like other innovative regions in the UK, the North East’s performance has declined in recent years. And while the recent 2011’s Barclays Business Regional Impact Index survey rates the region above London for entrepreneurship, there is a work to be done on growing innovation within some of the region’s more established organisations.

Entrepreneurship creates value through innovation, but it is not the preserve of start-ups or individuals. The North East still lags behind other UK regions in new ventures initiated by established firms (4.9% of the nation’s corporate ventures), and it is precisely here that the region could create highly profitable, product and service innovations that would create wealth, employment, and further inward investment.

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