CIDT host Telford Business Board Breakfast meeting

29 July 2019
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Thanks to the positive suggestion from Prof Claire Schofield (Director of the Wolverhampton Business School) CIDT had the pleasure of hosting a local Telford Business Board Breakfast Meeting on 25 July 2019. A range of local business organisations were represented with 20 people attending.

Professor Philip Dearden (Head of CIDT), welcomed the group to the Telford Campus and talked a little about CIDT’s work (see his presentation here). He made reference to the work being done by the University of Wolverhampton “glocally” towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the recent work that CIDT has done locally helping a range of organisations bid for funding.

In addition, CIDT were recently commissioned by Telford and Wrekin Councils to deliver a one-day training in Writing Bids for Grant Funds. This workshop composed teaching sessions from the trainer, ‘hands on’ practice using bid writing tools and the opportunity to work with the trainer on a prospective bid.

Telford is located at the heart of the Midlands region in the UK, and at the heart of best practice and innovation and the Telford Business Board (TBB) is working hard to keep it that way and to benefit all businesses in the local community. The TBB is comprised of business leaders and sector champions, and covers all the key industries that make up the vibrant local community, including education, public sector, commerce, manufacturing, engineering, housing, construction, care, emerging technology, communications, and retail. The local council and the local police also have active representation.

The TBB group meet six times per year to discuss the issues that matter most to businesses in the Telford and Wrekin area, and actively support initiatives that help all local businesses do business better. The TBB is a proud and strong voice for the business community, acting as a bridge between private and public sector and driving innovation.

During the breakfast meeting, the Board had a wide range of varied presentations. Sarah Spink (below), talked about the work of Midlands Connect.

Below: Johnny Themans, Good2Great Ltd., led a session on the establishment of an accelerator and investor network for the county of Shropshire.

Below: Darran Wilson, Telford College, gave an overview of the work of Telford College and Tim Luft, European Innovations, gave an overview of recent Technology led developments.