Low Carbon South West the outreach partner for the Sustainable Technology Business Acceleration Hub today (14th June) ran the first workshop in a series of events - this one focusing on, Low Carbon Innovation in the Built Environment.
It attracted a number of consultants, business leaders from Architecture and Build organisations, as well as academics, all wanting to know more on this specific subject - be it from what is trending, to how to raise funds through grants.
A number of expert speakers lead thought provoking, interesting talks through an engaging agenda, which included a talk from Prof David Coley from the Dept of Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Bath - who engaged the audience with his talk on 'Are Buildings Evil?'. David Mason, Senior Sustainable Manager from Skanska Ltd then went on to discuss Key Challenges, Emerging Trends and Evolving Technologies. Followed by Sophia Cox of the UK Green Building Council who looked at Sustainability Megatrends, Industry Responses and Advanced Examples. After a short break Josie Gough from Innovate UK took the lead to look at Sustainability and Funding Opportunities and following on from this Laura Zuluaga-Cardona from the University of Bath discussed Business-University Collaboration: Unlocking access to innovation.
A panel discussion then took place where Rebecca Humphreys from Leyton and Richard Turner from Catalyst Venture Partners joined Josie from Innovate UK and Laura from the University to discuss Securing Funding for Innovation.
A networking buffet lunch allowed delegates to share their thoughts on the morning and find out more about the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub where one to one, tailored meetings where set up with certain delegates.
As part of the workshop series it is hoped that businesses will sign up to the STBAH programme where bespoke business support and coaching is available to businesses in low carbon innovation across the West of England. The support is free and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. More information available at the STBAH website.
The next workshop is on 12th July at the Innovation Centre in Bath and will focus on Low Carbon Innovation in Energy Systems - more information and details on how to secure your place can be found via the Eventbrite page here.