Event: SMEs Thinking Big – How to Supply Big Companies

Vale4Business is pleased to announce a joint event with SO Business,  taking place on 21 March 2018 at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot.

SMEs Thinking Big: How to Supply Big Companies: with UK Space Agency, European Space Agency, Harwell and Huduma.

We invite you to join us for the event: Register to attend for free.

Event Details

You don’t need to be a scientist to supply the space and technology industry. Space agencies need professional services, products and processes from local SMEs to reach for the stars!

Are you a SME with an innovative project idea, but don’t know where to begin? Are you looking for collaboration partners to take the idea to market? Do you need funding for a Feasibility Study or to get your R&D project started? Perhaps you have a service or project that will add value to a business in the space and technology sector? If you’re a UK-based SME or research organisation, you may be able to compete for government-backed funding to:

  • research and develop a process, product or service
  • test your innovation ideas
  • collaborate with other organisations

UK SMEs can apply for a share of large grant funding for game-changing innovations with strong commercial potential that will significantly impact the UK economy.

To find out more about opportunities to supply the space and technology industry, come and hear presentations from Harwell Campus, UK Space Agency, European Space Agency, and Huduma.


17:30:  Networking and light buffet

18:00:  Welcome and Introductions

18:05:  SO Business and Vale4Business support for local businesses

18:15:  SME doing business successfully with big companies – Huduma Ltd – Paulette Elliott, Managing Director

Huduma Limited is a young and ambitious emerging technologies consultancy based at Harwell Campus. With over five years’ experience in this sector, Paulette and her team help businesses take their innovations to market with sustainable business and services models; providing collaborative commercial support and practical hands-on project delivery. Learn more at: http://www.huduma.co.uk.

18:30: Harwell Campus – Dr. Barbara Ghinelli, Harwell Campus Business Development Director – ‎Science and Technology Facilities Council
Harwell Campus hosts over £2 billion of scientific facilities and 5,500 skilled people. Collaboration and knowledge sharing are driven by ‘clusters’ in Space, Healthcare Technology (HealthTec) and Energy (EnergyTec). Each brings co-located industry, academia and public sector together with investors and entrepreneurs to tackle global challenges. Barbara will explain Harwell’s expansion, including the new £103m Rosalind Franklin Institute and the new headquarters for the Faraday Institution, and what opportunities will be available for local SMEs. Check out the expansion plans at: http://bit.ly/2CihVJx

18:50: Refreshment break


19:05: UK Space Agency (UKSA) – Colin Baldwin, ‎Head of Local Growth Strategy, and Tony Forsythe, Technology, Innovation, Standards & Local Growth Manager

In addition to investments through the ESA, the UK Space Agency has a number of opportunities available to business through its national funding programmes, including support for technology and applications development. Further information is avalable at: http://bit.ly/1Rjp5Rg

19:25: European Space Agency (ESA) – Ian Downey and Tony Sephton, UK Integrated Applications Promotion programme

ESA’s Business Applications offers match funding and competitive opportunities focused on the development, implementation and pilot operations of new and innovative service solutions. The best approach to doing business with ESA is to talk to us. Check out the specific programme website https://business.esa.int or contact via business@esa.int

19:45: Panel Q&A

20:00: Networking

20:30: Close

Register to attend for free