Innovation InCharnwood - How to Innovate and Win

By Leicester Business Festival (other events)

Monday, October 30 2017 2:00 PM 5:00 PM

A first for Loughborough and Charnwood! Over 50 local businesses will be exhibiting at the Innovation InCharnwood Showcase, with the aim of celebrating the remarkable innovation taking place in Leicestershire and Charnwood.  The theme of the event, ‘How to Innovate and Win’, will highlight the world-class innovation in our midst and the broad diversity of technological, scientific, manufacturing, engineering, professional services and creative businesses in Charnwood.

The audience will have the opportunity hear first-hand about the exciting innovations companies in Charnwood are working on. The showcase will feature stand-alone talks by true local innovators. 3M, Intelligent Energy, Incus Performance, Sentle and Event Engineering will be demonstrating their technologies and talking about their approach to innovation. Attendees will be able to ‘put their name down for talks’ on the day when they arrive at Loughborough Town Hall (LTH).

Innovation InCharnwood Talks

1. Using Innovation to Develop Breakthrough Medical Devices

Richard Brewer, Product Development Specialist – 3M United Kingdom PLC
One of the scientists involved in the development of 3Ms new Intelligent Control Inhaler, which was created in 3M’s research and development facilities in Loughborough, will demonstrate the product and provide insight into the NPD process.

2. Using Innovation to Enhance Top Flight Athletes’ Performance

Chris Ruddock, Managing Director - INCUS Performance
The founder of INCUS Performance, Chris Ruddock will discuss how the company is employing Artificial Intelligence (AI), advanced wearable technology and data analytics to push the boundaries of insight and performance in sport. Designed and tested alongside top-flight athletes and coaches, the INCUS system facilitates the development of personalised training programmes that truly enhance athletic performance.

3. Using Innovation to Disrupt the CRM marketplace

Steven Brand, Co-founder and Product Director – Sentle

Having previously worked for Microsoft in the Xbox department, User Experience design expert Steven Brand will talk about the company’s new cloud-based client management CRM system that enables SMEs to retain clients and engage customers in a personal and meaningful new way using intuitive client data management and true multi-channel communications.

4. Using Innovation to Create Mind-Blowing Brand Experiences

Oli Folkerd, Head of Development – Event Engineering

Expert in creating experiential marketing events, Oli Folkerd will provide a taster of the marketing events the company creates for major multi-nationals and how it brings these brands to life in real time. He will demonstrate how Event Engineering go about creating bespoke experiences to truly entertain and amaze live audiences.

5 Using Innovation to Power a Sustainable Future

Dan Ninan, Head of Advanced Concepts and Prototyping at Intelligent Energy

A leader in Intelligent Energy’s Research and Product Development department, Dan Ninan will talk about how Intelligent Energy delivers low carbon power solutions, based on patented Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology, for the diesel replacement, automotive and aerial UAV (drone) markets. His talk will showcase technical innovations that have helped Intelligent Energy win customers globally in these different markets.

Innovation InCharnwood Exhibition

58 exhibitors from the worlds of sports science, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, low carbon, business support, education and creative industries will be taking part.

Advanced Manufacturing 

  • Bennett Engineering 

  • Campbell Scientific 

  • CLC UK Ltd 

  • Design

  • Dynamic Flow Technologies 

  • EEF The manufacturers' organisation 

  • Jumpstart 

  • Lacerta Technology 


Life, Health & Sports Sciences

  • 3M UK PLC 

  • Access Science Jobs 

  • Batfast 

  • BioStatus 

  • Charnwood Campus 

  • INCUS Performance 

  • Medilink East Midlands 

  • Mount Laboratories 

  • Nemaura Pharma 

  • Passport to Wellbeing 

  • Team Triumph 

  • The Crop Club 

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific 

  • Veolia Water Technologies 


Professional & Business Services 

  • Adamson Jones 

  • BIAS - Business Intelligence and Strategy 

  • Cresco Innovation 

  • Dalycom 

  • Duncan Toplis 

  • EMC Digital Growth Programme 

  • Haines Watts 

  • Handelsbanken 

  • Imago Venues 

  • LATi Ltd

  • Loughborough Town Hall

  • Love Loughborough 

  • Loyal Free 

  • Marks & Clerk  

  • Mirams Waterhouse 

  • Paul Jenkinson Consulting 

  • PJG Creations 

  • RCS Technologies 

  • Sentle 

  • TBAT Innovation 


Creative Industries 

  • Crayfish Design 

  • Event Engineering 

  • Hyphen 

  • LikeMind Media 

  • Tale Production 


Public Sector 

  • Department for International Trade 

  • inCharnwood 

  • LEBC - Leicester Education Business Company 

  • LLEP Business Gateway 

  • STEM Ambassadors 


University & College 

  • Loughborough College 

  • Loughborough University Careers 

  • Loughborough University Enterprise 

  • LUSEP 

  • The iNet 

  • The Studio

Why attend? 

The ‘Innovation inCharnwood’ Showcase has been created to bring businesses together, creating an opportunity for business people who would not ordinarily get to meet each other to establish valuable connections and to find out about the new business development and business support available in the area. 

This event will be particularly valuable for those considering inward investment, business expansion, or wish to create supply chain opportunities. It will also enable businesses to highlight their own activities, to network, share knowledge, establish synergies and potentially collaborate. But most of all, it is an opportunity to truly celebrate the rich diversity of tech, science and engineering innovation taking place locally.

  •  Meet local innovative companies

  •  Make useful local connections

  •  Learn from tech innovation taking place

  •  Get to ask people ‘how they did it’

  •  Showcase business activities

  •  Create new collaboration opportunities

  •  Be part of creating a vibrant business community

  •  Celebrate the innovation taking place in Charnwood

Who should attend?

Heads and senior decision makers of:

High tech, scientific, engineering businesses

Sports science
Life sciences, biosciences and healthcare
Advanced manufacturing
Earth sciences
Space science
Low carbon
Professional services

University, Colleges & Higher education

Enterprise teams
STEM education community

Business support

Intellectual property
Funding support
Creative industries
Professional services

Public sector
Property and investment sector

Outline agenda

13:45: Visitor registration opens (bring LBF booking confirmation)

13:45: ‘Put name down for Talks’ opens 

14:00: Innovation InCharnwood Showcase opens

14:30: 20 minutes talks every half hour – on the half hour

16:30: Registration desk closes

17:00 – Innovation InCharnwood Showcase Closes

Organised by LATi in partnership with InCharnwood

“Innovation inCharnwood’, the first business event of its kind in Loughborough, is organised by LATi in partnership with inCharnwood.

About InCharnwood
InCharnwood is an initiative by Charnwood Borough Council, which has been developed to market the area to businesses and attract inward investment to create a stronger local economy.   @inCharnwood

About LATi

LATi, a thriving networking group for people who work in high-tech, science and engineering, was established in Loughborough in 1996 as a ‘science park without walls’. Today, the not-for-profit provides networking and business support for companies and individuals involved in the innovative use of science and technology.    @LATILtd 

Many thanks to Innovation inCharnwood Showcase 2017 Sponsors & Supporter

  • Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP) as headline sponsor

  • Handelsbanken, Loughborough as corporate sponsor

  • Event imaging by creative agency Hyphen, creators of the inCharnwood brand

  • Smart badges utilising NFC technology provided by CLC (UK) Ltd




Mailing Address

Friars Mill, Bath Lane, Leicester. LE3 5BJ