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29 September 2021

Supporting businesses to unleash innovation potential

Canterbury Christ Church University, alongside key partners across a range of industries and sectors will be hosting a free, virtual conference aimed at SME businesses. 

The Growing Regional Innovation by Design (GRID) event will provide the opportunity for small, medium, and micro-businesses to access information on support, funding, and skills to develop innovation potential. The conference will be held virtually on Wednesday 13th October from 9.15am until 15:30pm. 

The GRID Concept  

The UK is going through a period of rapid change and transformation and SMEs are at the heart of this. The GRID conference will bring together various experts from across the region to support SME businesses in developing their innovation potential through four key innovation pillars: Digitalisation, DecarbonisationAdvanced ManufacturingStrategic Leadership.   

Christ Church Speakers include Pro Vice-Chancellor (STEM) and Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences Professor Mohamed Abdel Maguid, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) Professor Mike Weed, as well as academics in engineering, the business school, and the wider University.  

"Building on 60 years’ experience as a regional skills provider, the University welcomes the government’s plans to ‘build back better’ to support and sustain productivity growth.

"Following the pandemic, businesses are looking to grow, transform, and thrive more than ever.

"We are delighted to welcome speakers to the GRID conference from a range of industries. Delegates will gain unrestricted access to wider networks, fostering knowledge exchange and innovation."

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Mike Weed

The GRID conference will provide businesses with the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and insights and connect with a wider network. Other topics covered include:

  • extensive expertise and insight across the partnership on how to position your business to capitalise on the four innovation drivers
  • agile methods of working to equip your business with the tools to grow and thrive
  • guidance on funding to support business growth and new ways of working post-pandemic 
  • business modelling techniques to meet the challenges of rapid growth in complex times
  • information and advice on attracting and growing your workforce through access to skills development, infrastructure and resources  
  • the many ways that you can work with the University from accessing facilities and equipment to a wealth of knowledge and talent. 

Key partners include:

  • Innovate UK EDGE
  • Triple Chasm
  • Discovery Park
  • Edge Digital Marketing
  • Locate in Kent
  • European Union European Regional Development Fund
  • Enterprise Europe Network
  • Kent and Medway Growth Hub
  • Low Carbon Kent

For more details and to book your free place, please register here:


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