United Utilities - Helping SMEs Bring Ideas to Market

Date: 12th May 2015

Location: Everglades Park Hotel, Widnes

Time: 9.30am-4pm (Registration from 9am)

This free event is being organised by the Water Industry Forum on behalf of United Utilities, who are committed to stimulating the market to develop new ideas as part of their vision to become ‘A Leading North West Service Provider’. 

The seminar is aimed at Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s) that are interested in finding out more about the grants, loans and finance available to support the development and exploitation of new water technology.  It will describe the funding opportunities available from a number of different sources together with case studies to illustrate how some have been used in practice. There will also be an opportunity to network and discuss business ideas with the experts after the networking lunch.   An SME has typically <250 employees with an annual turnover of <£37m.

The first sessions will comprise of presentations given by expert speakers and cover the following topics:-

  • United Utilities - Aims and aspirations around innovation and new product development
  • UK Public Funding - Funding available to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation using a wide range of different mechanisms.
  • European Funding - Public funding schemes, from local and national sources through to the European Commission’s Framework Programme for R&D and now Horizon 2020.
  • Private Finance - Bringing together financial backing of institutional investors to facilitate and accelerate technology development in line with the market's needs
  • Early Stage Investment - Investments for start-up or early-stage companies seeking investment funding in the water and energy sectors.
  • Guidance & Advice for Growth - Identifying new ways to source and pitch for investment, helping businesses expand, move into new markets and explore new products and services.
  • Commercialising Innovation – Overview of intellectual property rights including patents, copyright, industrial design rights, trademarks, routes to market commercialisation and R&D tax.


The final session will be an open advice surgery session, where SME’s will be able to book 10 minute slots, with the selected experts for more in-depth discussions.

Please see attached  AGENDA

Please note that there are now only a few places remaining so prompt registration is advisable.

Supported by KTN


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