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The first European deployment of an inflatable sail – designed to prevent the creation of future space junk – has been a success, the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) at University of Surrey and the Von Karman Institute have announced.
Mildren Construction, one of the south’s leading building and civil engineering firms, has won two separate projects at the Talbot Heath Campus of Bournemouth University.
The projects are running simultaneously and include infrastructure work at a cost of £2.5 million plus a further project for landscaping the area at £460,000.
Planning permission was granted in September to deliver the following improvements to the area:
Mildren contracts director Alan Swinger said: “We’re delighted to have won such a landmark project to work on as everyone locally knows how rapidly Bournemouth University is expanding.
“Our team is headed by Steve Withers who also ran the very successful Gravel Hill project at the end of last year for Poole Borough Council, which was completed ahead of time and under budget. He is again working alongside QS Greg Franklin who also worked on the previous project, so our client and local residents can rest assured that the University project is in very capable hands.”
Two of Basingstoke’s most exciting high-tech start-ups showcased to big-name corporates including EDF Energy, Rolls-Royce and Samsung for the chance to have their product adopted by the business giants at KPMG in Canary Wharf.
The event, the Open Innovation Showcase, was organised by SETsquared, the university business incubation programme run by a partnership of the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.
The aim of the programme is to develop mutually beneficial partnerships or investment deals with the corporates discovering new technologies and products, while the start-ups get the chance to seal deals with business giants that they would never normally be able to access. With angel and venture capitalists also attending, the entrepreneurs had the chance to raise investment too.
The Basingstoke businesses showcased were:
Both have been supported through the University of Surrey and SETsquared’s ERDF programme for EM3 Local Economic Partnership which aims to develop 100 digital start-ups across the region.
As well as exhibiting, the start-ups also had the chance to pitch for five minutes each, to more than 200 registered delegates, to explain how their technology will impact the market and change people’s lives. All are looking for investment, corporate partners and connections to accelerate the growth of their business.
During the event Simon Bond, Innovation Director at SETsquared, announced that the incubator’s start-ups had raised a total of £166 million in investment during 2016, greatly surpassing 2015’s record of £90m.
Adrian Braine, entrepreneur in residence at SETsquared’s Basingstoke hub, said: “Each year the entrepreneurial talent we see at the Open Innovation Showcase raises the standards. We’re seeing more and more investment successes for our start-ups as a result of attending investment programmes like this, and, through ERDF programmes like the Digital Business Acceleration Hub, University of Surrey and SETsquared are able to develop entrepreneurial talent across the EM3 Local Economic Partnership region.
“We saw a real mix of tech sectors exhibiting and pitching at the showcase event this year, all who have the potential to grow and make a real difference. After 2016 was such a massively successful year of raising investment for our companies, we’re aiming to beat that this year and look forward to some of these companies being from our new hubs in Basingstoke, Woking and Farnborough.”
Feedback from the Rolls-Royce, Defence innovation team, which attended the Open Innovation Showcase, has been positive: “For Rolls-Royce it’s an excellent opportunity to see a wide range of technologies in one room. Rolls-Royce is continuously seeking out emerging technologies that link to our future development areas, with this event identifying a number of areas of interest.”
Ben McDonald, UK head of KPMG Enterprise, said: “We are delighted to have hosted this event as we know the positive impact that opportunities to collaborate, share knowledge and broaden networks can have on a business’ growth prospects. Because of this, we want to play our part in fostering collaboration between established businesses, investors and SMEs who are looking to scale up their enterprises. Among the OECD nations, the UK has one of the lowest rates of expanding start-ups – so working with organisations like SETsquared and its members is a great way to demonstrate the benefits that collaboration and innovation have as real drivers of growth in the economy.”
Over the past 15 years SETsquared has helped more than 1,000 businesses raise over £1 billion in investment, as well as contributing over £3.8b in GVA (Gross Value Added) to the UK economy with £8.6b GVA estimated over the next 10 years – figures that have contributed to it being named as the top university business incubator in the world.
BH Live has been awarded five stars, the highest possible accolade, from the Sustainable Food City Partnership, for its outstanding commitment to sustainable food purchasing and activities in venues across the south.
The Sustainable Food City Partnership promotes and rewards businesses in the Bournemouth & Poole area for embracing sustainable food business practices. It assesses organisations across five key categories: sourcing local products, sourcing sustainably, managing waste and recycling, working with communities and communication.
To achieve a five-star status an organisation must demonstrate its commitment to each of the five categories and give examples of how it is achieving results.
BH Live has demonstrated that it is committed to buying ingredients from sustainable sources, and locally wherever possible. It supports Dorset and Hampshire dairy farmers to get a fair price for their products and purchases local vegetables including asparagus, Dorset leaves, New Forest Mushrooms, Hampshire watercress and Isle of Wight tomatoes.
It plays an active role in the Sustainable Food Cities/Fish Cities partnership, paying particular attention to sustainable fishing and farming methods and supporting local initiatives and events to promote provenance, such as New Forest Marque Food Safaris, Sustainable Food Cities Restaurant Hops and Bournemouth’s Food Festival.
Fresh, locally produced ingredients are sourced from businesses operating sustainable and ethical processes. And food miles are reduced by sourcing ingredients within a 60-mile radius of the venues, where possible.
Its procurement strategy favours suppliers with strong environmental and social ethics and last year the supply chain was rationalised to incorporate as many local producers and products as possible to include Hutchings Bros Seafood and Game, Wrights Dairies, Springfield Butchers, Purbeck Ice Cream, Capreolus Fine Foods, Chalke Valley Cheese, Dorset Blue Vinny, and Harvest Fine Foods. Southbourne ales are also used in many of its dishes for large banquets, awards and events at Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavilion.
Sustainability is a prevailing factor in all BH Live’s operations, including procurement, facilities management, venue operations and catering. Divine Chocolate, Belu water, Fairtrade products and ethically sourced coffee beans are procured to sell across its venues. This has a direct impact on farming communities around the world.
In signing the Sustainable Fish Cities pledge too, BH Live is committed to source its seafood products only from accredited sustainable producers. And when catering for London-based events, BH Live works with Southbank Fresh Fish, the most sustainably accredited fish provider in the UK.
Packaging, cardboard and food waste is recycled in conjunction with Bournemouth Borough Council. And recycled, compostable and recyclable packaging is used across its Terrace cafés. Customers at conferences and exhibitions are encouraged to recycle plastics and staff encouraged to recycle where possible.
Oxford University Innovation (OUI), the research commercialisation office of Oxford University, has been named Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of the Year at the GUV Awards 2017.
OUI beat stiff competition from peers at Cambridge, Toronto, and Warwick universities, as well as the University of California Los Angeles and SATT Sud-Est, which manages research commercialisation for the South East region of France.
University innovation trade magazine Global University Venturing (GUV), which organises the awards, highlighted the sharp increase in activity around OUI and Oxford’s innovation ecosystem over the past year. During 2016, OUI produced 21 spinout companies – more than doubling its output from 2015. Meanwhile, the seed funding raised for the 2016 cohort – critical investment cash for young companies – increased fivefold from £9.5 million to £52.6m. Oxford University spinouts have also had a great deal of success in finding additional financial support to accelerate their growth. Since 2011, Oxford spinouts have secured £1.4 billion in external funding.
David Norwood, CEO and co-founder of Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), was named Personality of the Year at the GUV Awards in recognition of his role in the creation and leadership of the investment company. Launched in 2015, OSI manages a spinout-focused £580m fund, and acts as a major catalyst for the innovative activity around Oxford. At present, OSI’s fund is the largest university venture fund focused on a single institution worldwide.
Among the collaborations between OUI and OSI highlighted at the GUV Awards was the LAB282 Partnership, the £13m drug discovery fund for Oxford University. Supported by OUI, OSI and Germany-based biotech Evotec, LAB282 addresses the challenge of generating more focused drug discovery programmes out of the University’s research into novel biological mechanisms associated with disease. The fund will allow hasten the evolution of projects into technologies and companies faster, while also providing industry validation during development.
Matt Perkins, CEO of Oxford University Innovation, said: “OUI is committed to drawing the best ideas out of Oxford University to have impact on the wider society. This award validates the work we’re doing here at Oxford, and demonstrates to the international innovation community that we’re a world leader in what we do.”
David Norwood, CEO of Oxford Sciences Innovation, added: “OUI is an essential partner for us in identifying and developing Oxford companies with world-changing potential. Matt and his team deserve recognition for the work that they do, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership so that we can better support the innovation spilling out from Oxford University.”