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The 3M BIC presents Innovation Week 2019

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Innovation is at the heart of what we do here at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre and this year sees the launch of our inaugural Innovation Week which is being held from 4th – 8th November 2019 here at our centre in Huddersfield.

As part of Innovation Week we are hosting a series of events for forward-thinking businesses across the Leeds City Region looking to develop new products, increase productivity or disrupt their industry.

During the week, businesses across the region will have the opportunity to seek advice from industry professionals, including 3M and Siemens, around successful innovation and how to adopt innovative practices to generate profitable new products, processes or business models.

Innovation seekers will also get access to academics and researchers from the University of Huddersfield to discuss potential collaboration and research opportunities, as well as guided tours of our technology and meeting room facilities.

The inaugural Innovation Week will take place 4 – 8 November here at the 3M BIC, based on Firth Street in Huddersfield.

The focal event Business Innovation: How to create extraordinary value will take place on 5 November. Opened by Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, keynote speakers will include 3M and Siemens, as well as our lead design and visualisation specialist, Paul Tallon, who will outline the principles of generative design linked to leading edge additive manufacturing to help reduce waste and increase efficiency.

The event will incorporate a panel discussion with the key speakers and local businesses such as Ionix AT, manufacturers of high-performance piezoelectric materials and regional technology transfer company, RTC North.

On Wednesday 6 November we will be hosting a drop-in between 4pm and 7pm for businesses seeking collaboration opportunities with the University of Huddersfield to speak to academics and researchers. Expertise includes; data analytics, logistics and supply chain, technical textiles, product design, management and strategy, rail, Computational Fluid Dynamics, applied microbiology, and media and spreadable marketing, plus much more.

Our CEO, Sue Cooke, said: “Innovation should be part of every business’s growth strategy. Without it there’s the risk of being left behind as competitors leap ahead, developing new products or more streamlined and efficient processes.

“In times of uncertainty we want to help businesses thrive and hope that Innovation Week attracts businesses across the Leeds City Region that see the potential in innovation and want to seek advice from those that excel at it, to those that can offer support and access to technology, such as the 3M BIC and the University of Huddersfield.”

Events taking place throughout the week, include:

  • 5 November – Business Innovation: How to Create Extraordinary Value, 12:30 to 15:30. To book, click here.
  • 6 November – University Research Showcase – Meet the Academics, 16:00 to 19:00. To book, click here.
  • 7 November – RTC North | Access Innovation- Understanding and meeting your customer needs, using the Business Model Canvas, 12:00 to 15:30. To book, click here.
  • 8 November – PAPI – Funded Innovation Workshop – 09:00 to 16:00. To book, click here.

If you would like to book a place for an event during Innovation Week or a guided tour of our facilities, go to

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