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Business growth from Research-based Innovation + Networking

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

- 5.30pm – Networking + Sandwiches, hot & cold drinks
- 6pm – Speakers + Q&A
- 7pm [Approx] – Networking, sandwiches and drinks
Some of the most commercially-successful innovative products and services we know today have come about as a result of taking research done at universities or in companies to the marketplace.
Google’s search engine, seat belts, GPS, Saccharin, Web browsers, computers, LCD screens, Lithium-Ion batteries, LEDs, solar power, warfarin, ultrasound and medical scanners all began as purely knowledge-driven research before later being commercialised. 
All companies seek to gain sustainable competitive advantage over their competitors through innovation-driven product or service development. Working with a university to use its research to drive that innovation is often cheaper and faster than trying to create the relevant competencies internally. But how do you make the links to find the right people to work with?
Alternatively, how do you get the funding to create your own innovation internally via R&D? These are the questions this event will set out to answer for you.
Expert: Dr Lorna Howarth, Knowledge Transfer Advisor for Fife & Tayside, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).
Lorna is a highly-experienced knowledge transfer and open innovation specialist who’s spent a decade developing and managing business-led innovation projects through partnerships with specialists from universities and research institutes in the UK and overseas. 
Lorna provides support to compnies wishing to benefit from grant funding offered by the UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership program. 
Lorna previously worked in the Sultanate of Oman as a Senior Industrial Innovation Consultant for eight years. Her career has spanned both the public and private sectors since achieving a PhD in Biogeochemistry in 2007.
Expert: Paul Kyle, CIK Solutions
A practical, results-driven business consultant, Paul works with businesses to drive performance and organisational optimisation. His specialisms include R&D Tax Credits.
Paul’s work experience spans both the public and private sectors - with involvement in start-up ventures, franchises and commercial management roles within large national and international companies as well as a role in Economic Development for 13 years.
This afforded Paul experience in leading initiatives on inward investment, business growth and development, international trade, European funding and sectoral development.
Paul is educated to MBA level with associated diplomas in business advice and counselling.
Why you should attend
In this event you will learn:
•How to connect with researchers and have your business benefit from knowledge transfer.
•Benefits to businesses and academics
•A deeper understanding of how innovation within business can be funded - specifically the value of HMRC’s R&D Tax Credit scheme as a source of funding.
This is a joint event with Business Gateway Fife. It provides a wide range of support and advice to individuals looking to set up in business, and newly formed and existing businesses looking to grow and develop. 
To book please click here 
St Andrews Business Club
The Old Course Hotel
Old Station Road
St Andrews
KY16 9SP