The three-day roadshow will be serving up business advice and free barista-style coffee

In a bid to support innovation throughout Lincolnshire, businesses across the region can find out how to secure a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), funded by Innovate UK, during a three-day roadshow serving up free barista-style coffee and business advice.

The roadshow is a collaboration between Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) and the University of Lincoln, UK, and will see ‘The Very Cool Coffee Bus’ visit several locations across Lincolnshire this March. Visitors will be able to chat with professional teams from both universities, find out more about the benefits of a KTP and how to apply for one.

KTPs aim to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills within the UK knowledge base. They offer an opportunity to collaborate with an expert academic team from either university which will support the delivery of a particular business initiative. Contributions are determined by the size of the business and the sector it belongs to.

Bishop Grosseteste University’s KTP lead Linette Wallace said: “Innovation is the lifeblood of any organisation. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships offer robust support and can help to embed the expertise needed to make this happen.

We’d love to hear from any business if they have an idea to grow or make transformational changes within their business but don’t have all the in-house expertise needed to develop it, as a KTP may be the perfect solution.”

BGU recently secured its first Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Lincolnshire Community & Voluntary Service (LCVS). The partnership will be worth £162,063 over a two-year period, with UKRI Innovate contributing two thirds of the funding.

Lincolnshire CVS is a local charity that is dedicated to empowering the voluntary sector and promote the health and wellbeing of the wider community. The collaboration aims to enable the organisation to develop new and existing services, promote new business opportunities and effectively communicate the charity’s impact to its wider audience.

David Fannin, CEO at Lincolnshire CVS, said: “This collaboration with BGU will support our core business development and our ability to communicate impact and the value of empowered communities.

“Better still, it will help LCVS to do what we do best: strengthening the conditions that enable stronger, inclusive communities and empowered people. This is helping to foster the conditions for dynamic local economies that are key to unlocking prosperity, where people can reach their full potential.”

The roadshow will take place over the following days:

Tuesday 7 March

Lincoln Science and Innovation Park 9.30am - 11.30am

Sparkhouse, Lincoln 11.45am - 12.45pm

Bishop Grosseteste University 1pm - 2pm

Freedom Fire Security and Maintenance Ltd car park, Great Northern Terrace 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Wednesday 8 March

Aura Skegness Business Centre 9.30am - 11.30am

Boston Enterprise Centre 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Thursday 8 March

Europarc Innovation Centre, Grimsby 9.30am - 10.30am.

Visitors will also be given the chance to win a ‘One4All’ voucher by entering a raffle.

28th February 2023

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