2021 has been a busy year at 3M BIC, with new promotions, starters, new tenants, and members. Events have also gradually made a comeback keeping our events team busy. Our tech team have also been working hard on a variety of client projects. Here’s a round-up of what we’ve been up to at the 3M BIC in 2021:
Emily Raleigh became our new marketing and communications manager, after being 3M BIC’s PR consultant since it opened in 2013. Janine Downs stepped into the role as our new technology manager, after playing an instrumental role in the Huddersfield Innovation and Incubation Project (HIIP). They both join CEO Sue Cooke and office manager Sally Connolly to make up 3M BIC’s management team.
There were also a few more promotions this year, with Georgina Kipling moving into her new role as business liaison officer and Jordan Furness to events and programme co-ordinator. These promotions further strengthen the overall team at 3M BIC.
Jane Turner, Anastasis Constanti and Cameron Thomas all joined the 3M BIC team in 2021.
Jane is our new events and marketing assistant as part of her placement year at the University of Huddersfield. Jane assists with both events and marketing at 3M BIC, from setting up meeting rooms, liaising with clients, to supporting the roll out of the Kirklees Top 100 Companies initiative.
Anastasis is our new product designer with a background in Mechanical Engineering. Anastasis helps to design products using systems like Computer-aided Design (CAD). Through CAD, Anastasis can create digital 3D models, as well as develop 2D illustrations and technical drawings.
Cameron is our new marketing assistant covering for Maisie Mountcastle, who recently went on maternity leave and is due back later in 2022. Cameron’s focus covers a range of marketing areas from social media management, creating newsletter and blog content, as well as design.
We’d like to extend a walm welcome to our new tenants that have joined us this year. Coterie joined us in April and is a partner marketing agency that is currently working with the University of Huddersfield on a KTP around its award-winning methodology known as ADAM that stands for analyse, discover, activate, and measure. Simplifai joined us in October and is set to transform and improve traffic on our roads through a new form of Smart City Traffic Management using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Planning, Autonomy and Representation of Knowledge.
The University of Huddersfield’s Secure Societies Institute is an applied multi-disciplinary research institute that focuses on global security challenges, they joined us as a new tenant earlier this year.
Current tenants Adventoris, a leading Software as a Service provider, has expanded into three new office spaces this year after experiencing a year of accelerated growth, through increased demand for its B2B app, SwiftCloud. Surfachem, an international surfactant and speciality chemical distributor, also moved into one of our newly converted labs and offices. Lastly, the Leeds City Region Supply Chain team moved into a larger office to accommodate its growing team and the support they provide to manufacturing businesses in the Leeds City Region.
Welcome to all our new members that have joined us during 2021. Thank you and welcome to Probado, Volatile Diagnostics Limited, Viper Motorcycles Ltd, Brierley IP Limited, Zalgae Limited, and Lofrix Associates Limited. More information about our membership opportunities can be found here.
Events have made a gradual return to 3M BIC this year, from training courses to business meetings. Thanks to everyone who has used one of our event spaces this year. Events have also seen a big shift in 2021, and we have refined our events offering to offer both face-to-face and virtual offerings.
March saw us host three events as part of the West Yorkshire Innovation Festival, from Idea to Prototype hosted by our design team at the 3M BIC, Innovation in Action presented by the Huddersfield Business School, and the Innovation Debate: Focus on Health and Digital which was held as part of the Kirklees Top 100 Companies.
September also saw Tracy Brabin the Mayor of West Yorkshire visit the centre as part of her launch of the West Yorkshire Innovation Network.
The technology team has been hard at work in 2021. Although most of their work is under NDA, they have been busy expanding their additive manufacturing capabilities, helping clients from manufacturing to TV production sectors. We’ve also reintroduced the business tours to showcase our facilities with more on the way in 2022. Tours can be booked here.
Sir George Buckley Leadership Centre:
January saw the successful launch of the Sir George Buckley Leadership Centre which is based out of the 3M BIC. Since then we have hosted a number of events such as the Summer Masterclass Series that ran for six events and had over 100 people sign-up. Our first cohorts for the Level 5 and Level 7 programmes kickstarted their leadership development programmes in September. Applications for next year’s cohorts are now open, so if you would like to improve your leadership skills in 2022, find out more here.
Kirklees Top 100:
The second year of the Kirklees Top 100 Companies was launched in October in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield, Kirklees Council, The Huddersfield Examiner, and event sponsor CityFibre. Interestingly, seven companies were new to this year’s top 10, with only three maintaining their top 10 space from last year’s list.
Since the event, representatives from the 3M BIC and the other partners have visited the top 10 businesses to hand out awards and certificates as well as companies that achieved special prizes, such as highest climber and highest SME.