10 Jan 2013

Innovation expert to share secrets of developing commercial ideas with region’s businesses

One of the world’s most experienced innovation practitioners will share some sure-fire solutions to developing new commercial ideas with the region’s businesses at a free event this month.

Mike Addison, former Procter & Gamble R&D manager, has joined Newcastle Science City’s business support team after retiring from his position with the multinational manufacturer following an illustrious career spanning three decades.

Businesses will get a chance to hear from Mike about the secrets of success of real-life companies that successfully engage, collaborate and do business with large corporates at the Support for Innovation workshop, which is to be held on January 30 at the Business & IP Centre, Newcastle City Library.

Mike said: “At a micro level innovation is neither easy nor widespread. But there are some key lessons small companies and individuals can learn from the world of big business and at the event I will share these strategies to help them raise their chances of succeeding with innovation time and time again.”

Mike’s role at Science City will  be focussed on helping businesses find and develop commercial solutions to societal challenges in the city’s three areas of strength; ageing, sustainability and medicine. He considers this a perfect fit with his experience of identifying and developing innovative ideas for P&G.

He said: “There is real synergy with my former role in developing new business at P&G and my new role in encouraging innovation at Science City and I’m really looking forward to helping this region to nurture and invest in its ideas.

“I plan to do all I can to help the North East of England to become more innovative and this event is just the start of the work I will be doing with Science City to achieve this. By drawing on my professional background, international connections and passion to be involved with the work of Science City I really hope I can act as an innovation catalyst.”

Mike will be joined on the day by a team of experts from the Technology Strategy Board, HM Revenue and Customs, the Intellectual Property Office, Design Council and Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) who will highlight the government support available to companies develop, protect and commercialise new ideas.

Support covered will include: R&D tax credits and tax reduction on income from patents; grants, knowledge transfer and opportunities to undertake R&D for the Government; patents, trademarks, design, copyright and maximising the value of intellectual property for commercial advantage; and using design to add value and help grow business.

The event is part of a national tour by BIS to provide a series of one-day workshops which bring together a whole host of government agencies under one roof, on one day to allow businesses to address all of their questions relating to innovation. The Newcastle event is being organised in partnership with Newcastle Science City, Design Network North and the Newcastle Business & IP Centre.

The support for innovation workshop is to be held at the Business and Intellectual Property Centre, Newcastle City Library, from 9.15am to 2.45pm. For more information and to register 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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