This series of events is designed for businesses in the Greater Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, or Gloucestershire area who are looking to grow. Come to learn about what exciting schemes/programs are out there, and meet with innovation experts to help you make powerful connections, access UK Government funding, and work with UK knowledge bases.

Two years on from the initial COVID lockdown, we want to know your strategic innovation challenges and provide you with appropriate innovation support and partnerships.

  • What are your barriers to innovation?
  • What are your obstacles to growth?
  • What perspectives have COVID changed?
  • How can we help?

“Leading innovation is about how to get people to co-create the future with you, not follow you to the future.”

When and Where

Thursday 19 May 2022, 15:00 – 17:00 – Scaling Up through Innovation – Engine Shed, Bristol. Hosted by – SetSquared / University of Bristol

Tuesday 14 June 2022, 15:00 – 16:30 – Health and EdTech at Gloucestershire University – Room 8, Growth Hub, Gloucestershire Business School at Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester

Friday 8th July from 10:00 – 11:30 – Agri-Innovation for Food Resilience – Royal Agricultural University (RAU).

(Booking links for later events will appear here once they are available).

Who should attend?

Whatever your business sector, if you are a Business Leader / Director / Senior Manager of a company located in the Greater Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, or Gloucestershire area, then we would like you to join one of our partnering meetings.

You may be interested in managing complex supply chains and logistics; achieving scalable growth; developing new technologies; responding to Net Zero targets; diversifying into new markets, embracing the digital revolution, increasing productivity, or gaining insights from your big data. Whatever your challenge, we want to know, and help you overcome it.

Each event has a spotlight theme, however partnering opportunities for all innovation areas are available at all events, so please sign up for the most convenient.

Why attend?

  • Present business-critical challenges
  • Share strategic business insights
  • Connect with national and international support agencies
  • Receive support on your innovation journey
  • Shape and curate our future support


Common Agenda

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • One-minute pitches from national and international support agencies and higher education establishments
  • Individual event theme(s)
  • Business Leaders: ‘Challenges and Needs’ facilitated roundtable discussions
  • Partnering and Networking activity
  • Concluding remarks and next steps

More details

There is a vast array of strategic business support and funding initiatives available. Understanding and deciphering which is the most suitable to address your specific need can often be a challenge. At Innovate UK KTN our mission is to connect ideas, people, and communities to respond to business challenges and drive positive change through innovation.

We have developed these workshops informed by an initial online event, “Bristol to Swindon: business insights and challenges” in March 2022: watch the recording here.

Other stakeholders at this event include Innovate UKInnovate UK EDGEThe Defence and Security Accelerator and The British Business Bank. The round table discussions will enable us to delve into the most pressing regional business challenges by bringing together business leaders, with academic experts and potential solution providers, and highlighting the different funding opportunities available to support your strategic business needs, such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.


Register for: Scaling Up through Innovation (Thursday 19 May, 3-5pm, Engine Shed, Bristol)

Register for: Smart Analytics and the Digitisation of Services (Tuesday 24 May 2022, 4-4.45pm, Bristol Business School)

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