At the North West Business Leadership Team’s first meeting of 2018 we discussed upcoming events around science, technology and innovation that will be happening in the region this year. Emma Degg, NWBLT CEO, highlighted several collaborative successes of 2017. These included our work with the Royal Society and Innovate UK – with the former coming back to the region later this year for a meeting of their fellows and the latter co-hosting an innovation conference next month. It is clear the partnerships we made last year are going to grow even stronger in 2018.
The meeting heard from Colin Sinclair, CEO of Liverpool Knowledge Quarter, who provided an update on the fantastic developments now underway in the City, where our meeting was being held. Steve Bennett of TransitionPlus Ltd discussed how these assets would be shown off at the Business of Science Conference that is to be held in Liverpool early this summer. Steve highlighted how the event will focus on the commercialisation of science and truly reinforce the economic strength and potential that lies behind scientific innovation in our region.
In addition to the Business of Science Conference, Chris Fox, NWBLT Policy Advisor, explained a data project led by the NWBLT and Innovate UK. The project seeks to highlight how, although the region has huge scientific potential, many SMEs are missing out on accessing funding for innovation. We hope data that comes from this research project will inform the North West Innovation Conference being held by the NWBLT and Innovate UK in February.
This science, technology and innovation taskforce meeting was hugely informative and both highlighted the success of 2017 and laid down a clear foundation of our goals and activities in the coming year. We look forward to an exciting year of innovation in 2018.