Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Inaugural Innovation Festival for West Yorkshire businesses launches

Businesses across West Yorkshire will have the opportunity to learn to become “more productive, efficient and resilient” with the first West Yorkshire Innovation Festival.

Created by the West Yorkshire Innovation Network and coordinated by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the festival will showcase the role of innovation in our region by bringing together businesses, expertise, resources and support programmes.

With a week of virtual events from workshops to talks, masterclasses and knowledge sharing to interviews with innovative businesses, its aim is to help SMEs in across West Yorkshire innovate, discover the support available and build connections.

This will contribute to the economic recovery by helping businesses to be more resilient, find efficiencies and increase productivity.

“This festival is the first of its kind. Our partners are coming together to showcase the very best in innovation, while making business support more accessible,” said Roger Marsh, chair of the LEP and the NP11 group of Northern local enterprise partnerships.

“Together we want to encourage our SMEs to go beyond their current thinking, to see the possibility and build on their existing potential to develop sustainable businesses for the future.”

The festival will begin with a roundtable discussion on the future of innovation, chaired by Roger Marsh, followed by a range of events throughout the week to showcase the breadth of innovation support available to businesses.

The collaboration between members of the West Yorkshire Innovation Network brings this activity together and simplifies how businesses can make the most of the support available.

A key element of support is being delivered through the Connecting Innovation programme, which helps firms to engage with the innovation support available from research organisations, signpost to funding and private sector organisations.

Taking place between 15-19 March, the event is delivered by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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