Event round up: Regenerate Natural Systems

The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub recently held their third and final event in a series of linked events exploring approaches to creating a sustainable economy.

The aim of the events were to stimulate a regional conversation about how we can achieve the 3 principles of a sustainable economy bringing the voices of academics, funders, innovators, SMEs and corporates to the debate.

Previous events included Designing Out Waste and Pollution and Keeping Products and Materials in Use. A review of each of these events can be found by clicking on the highlighted event title above.

The third event was held on Wednesday 18th September in Bristol and attendees turned up eager to hear about biological cycles and renewable sources and feedstocks.

Professor Matthew Davidson, Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies from the University of Bath opened up the event and gave a talk on Bio-Based Plastics on the Circular Economy - a subject high on the CSCT agenda and some of the research and development the department are focusing on.


Professor Matthew Davidson, CSCT, University of Bath presents on Bio-Based Plastics and the circular economy

Professor Matthew Davidson, CSCT, University of Bath presents on Bio-Based Plastics and the circular economy

The audience then heard from James McPhail, Commercial Director at Carbon Gold who talked about Carbon-rich soil additives to cool the planet. Carbon Gold have pioneered and commercialised the use of proprietary carbon-rich soil amendments based on biochar in both organic and conventional markets.


James McPhail from Carbon Gold discussing carbon-rich soil additives to help cool the planet.

James McPhail from Carbon Gold discussing carbon-rich soil additives to help cool the planet.


Following the two keynote talks the audience heard from two start up companies who have received the free, bespoke business support through the STBAH programme. Giovanna Laurdisio CEO from Naturbeads talked about how this young sustainable business is scaling up a new technology to reduce plastic waste in our environment - following receipt of a major grant funding they are now looking at commercialising Naturbeads and their plant based beads for cosmetics. Kaushal Shah, CEO from envoPAP talked about the successes to date for this end to end paper solutions supplier - their products are made using sustainable sugar-cane based natural resources - envoPAP have been working with the CSCT to help further develop diverse products which will lead to more biodegradable packaging.


STBAH Regenerate Natural Systems panelists Q&E session

STBAH Regenerate Natural Systems panelists Q&E session


This then lead onto a panel discussion where Pete Keevill, Entrepreneur in Residence for the STBAH asked a serious of questions and the audience had an opportunity to air their views and ask related questions. The panel was also joined by Kevin Dunckley Innovation Officer at HH Global.

The event was rounded off with an opportunity for everyone to network and make any relevant business connections.

A chance to networking with speakers and attendees at the STBAH Regenerate Natural Systems event

A chance to networking with speakers and attendees at the STBAH Regenerate Natural Systems event


This was the last event in the current series of planned circular economy events. Please contact us if you are interested in receiving specific slide presentations from any of the linked series of events. And keep an eye on our website and follow us on twitter to keep up with our latest news and events.

If you are keen to learn more about the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub please visit the website. The programme is funded through the European Regional Development Fund and provides bespoke, sector specific business supports to startup and SMEs in the region.