12 November 2013

This autumn's edition of the newsletter from LEC's enterprise and business partnerships team.

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Environment Agency alliance

LEC businesses can take advantage of new opportunity to collaborate through LEC’s alliance with the Environment Agency (EA). Ellyse Maddocks, Northwest Knowledge and Partnership lead for the EA, has been appointed an Honorary Industrial Fellow, and will hot-desk at LEC.

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Lancaster University to exploit its global reach for the benefit of UK SMEs

The Lancaster China Catalyst Programme aims to revitalise the UK's position in the global exports markets, create 240 jobs, help 400 domestic businesses and boost the economy by £40m. The £5.1 million Lancaster China Catalyst Programme - created by Lancaster University and part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council's Catalyst Fund, the university and Lancashire County Council - will help small and medium sized UK firms compete in increasingly competitive global markets by helping them to become established in the world's fastest growing economy - China.

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We’d like you to move in! Office Space & hot desks available

Come and co-locate with internationally renowned researchers at LEC. Base your entire company at LEC, just your R&D staff, or take a hot desk when you need it. We’ve 2-6 person rooms available and 8 hot desks. With a business development team on hand to help build relationships, you can be sure your company has the best chance to use the latest environmental facilities and collaborate with researchers and partners to develop real world solutions.

Contact Helen Boulton Tel: +44 (0)1524 510 409  h.boulton@lancaster.ac.uk for more information.

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LEC co-location facilities featured in government report on how universities should work with businesses

A Government commissioned independent review of how universities should work with businesses to underpin economic growth has confirmed Lancaster University's strong focus on SME engagement and collaborative research is the right approach. LEC featured in Sir Andrew Witty's 'Encouraging a British Invention Revolution', as successful example of co-location facilities. Lancaster University was also cited as one of the top 20 Agri-tech organisations, and number one in the UK for collaboration with oil and gas.

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Centre for Global Eco-Innovation supports region's green economy

The centre has helped ten manufacturing businesses apply for a total of £973,131 Technology Strategy Board (TSB) Materials and Manufacturing Launchpad funding. Jeff Boardman, chief technology officer at Trametox, said: "The help from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation and Inventya was incredibly valuable.”The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and is a collaboration between Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and Inventya Limited. Opportunities for business are still available.

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Feedstocks and Technologies for Energy and Fuel Generation

Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th November 2013, LEC

Aimed at new entrants and experienced practioners alike, this 3 day course focusses on the cross-sectoral issues which arise during the implementation of energy and fuels projects. Heavily case study based, students will hear at first hand the experiences of practitioners in this field, and will carry out a number of site visits in the locality. Students will learn from practicing financial investors about the risks involved in waste related projects, and gain an insight into the guarantees that must be in place before a project can proceed.

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Resident company makes national awards final for partnership with Lancaster

Resident company DemoPad Software Limited has been announced as a finalist in the Prospects Postgraduate Awards, Best Business Partner category, for their collaborative partnership with Lancaster University. Nominated for the award by the university, DemoPad have hosted ten postgraduate placements and have undertaken a three year collaborative research project with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. Winners are announced on 19th November.

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Innovation centre could scoop Green Gown award

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation will find out where it has won the research and development category of the Green Gown Awards 2013 on 12th November.Read moreAround the universityInfoLab21’s ISIS project extended-be one of 130 businesses to benefitISIS is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund with matched funding from Lancaster University. The project funds a team of recent graduates of IT disciplines to offer short term consultancy services for SMEs around areas such as: research into new technologies; proof of concepts; ICT strategies and infrastructure development; and mobile and web technologies.

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And finally

Power line study aims to improve bird safety