Eco-Innovation Award

Eco-Innovation, Do you have an idea for a new process, product or service that is good for business and the environment, but need help getting it to market? Find out more about the project, how to apply for funding and look for inspiration by checking out what other projects have done.

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Innovation Growth Services

Sandy Gunn has joined the IGS team based at Sedgefield.

Developing projects and TSB applications for the Surface Modification Characterisation Colaboration Centre.

Details on this new centre will be posted when available.

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TSB more success

The Centre for Process Innovation has won a bid for its latest TSB bid.

This is a single company bid for a research grant for fundamental crystal growth.


Innovation Accelerator ends after success

Sandy is pleased to report his time at The Innovation Accelerator has been very successful.

The team managed to exceed all the targets set, assisting over 100 Technology SMEs in the NE Region.

Students enter the CPI Dragon’s Den | The Centre for Process Innovation

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has hosted students from Middlesbrough College during a knowledge-sharing event designed to educate students as to the importance of innovation and the development of good ideas into commercial products.

Seventy-five Computing, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering students attended the Innovation and Entrepreneurial Workshop and benefited from tutorials and mentoring from CPI’s industry experts. They were taught about the varied routes to market for successful and innovative ideas, why technology innovation needs to be focussed on problem-solving and the basic elements required to pitch ideas to potential investors.



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Catapult [verb]

Following the lead of successful contract research organisations such as the Faunhofer (Germany) and VTT (Finland), the UK is now establishing Catapult centres.

Catapult centres are intended to create a critical mass for business and research innovation by focusing on a specific technology where there is a potentially large global market and a significant UK capability. These centres will make a major long-term contribution to UK economic growth. Allowing businesses to access equipment and expertise that would otherwise be out of reach, as well as conducting their own in-house R&D. They will also help businesses access new funding streams and point them towards the potential of emerging technologies.

The first Catapult, in High Value Manufacturing, opened for business in October 2011, less than a year after Prime Minister David Cameron announced the £200m+ technology and innovation centre programme. Sandy Gunn is working within the HVM Catapult, and can provide an introduction to Sustainable Processing, Smart Chemistry and funding options.

TSB Success

Project ReCharge, a method for recovering metals from portable battery waste, has been approved by TSB. The Centre for Process Innovation is a key partner.

Projects to be funded through the Resource Efficiency: Supply Chain Innovation competition for collaborative R&D funding.