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Join UKSPA at Colworth Park

Join UKSPA at Colworth Park


The UKSPA event at Colworth Park is now fully booked - if you are interested in attending our next event please e-mail info@ukspa.org.uk

could you register as soon as possible. It is likely that regiostration will close on Monday 1 February.

Please Register here

There is also very limited availability at the Park Inn Hotel for Thursday 4 February.  Booking.com is showing availability at other local hotels including the nearby Swan Hotel and Embankment Hotel. More here

Information on the outline programme can be downloaded here

The final programme now includes confirmation of the final outline programme is attached and we can now confirm sessions from:

Paul Mason, Deputy Director Research and Chief Scientific Advisor of INNOVATE UK and

Giles Robertson, Assistant Director, Policy Lead for Place, Research Base, at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills who is leading on the Science and Innovation Audits being commissioned by BIS.

Other speakers include:

Hilary Chipping, CEO, SEMLEP

Alex Price, Chief Executive of Palmer Capital 

Professor Rick Delbridge, Cardiff University’s Dean of Research, Innovation & Enterprise

Dr Genn Crocker, Chief Executive, BioCity

Dr Patrick Bonnett, Head of Economic Growth, UK & International, Fera Science Ltd.

The programme includes sessions on:

NESTA research on Social Science Parks

• Thinking differently to create local growth: Networks and Clusters

Regional innovation – the view from the LEP

The Business of Science Parks 

Social Enterprises: Innovation and Incubation

• Start Ups in Life Science

• Community engagement with local stakeholders: Good Practice

The Parallel sessions include:

Creating local growth: Networks and Clusters

Speakers from SEMLEP will be introducing their Innovation Centre network, and describing why as a LEP they consider the centres to be so important to the local economy for both growth and inward investment, and how this is linked to their Velocity business support offering.

They will be joined by Roz Bird of Silverstone Park Innovation Centre who will talk about the high-tech Cluster Report she is heading up, how she persuaded so many local partners to come on board, and how she sees it benefiting the local area.

Social Science Parks – Society’s new super-labs

The conference will look at recent NESTA research on SPARKs: purpose-built facilities co-locating social scientists with other disciplines and collaborators from private, public and third sectors. The session will include a presentation by the reports co-author Professor Rick Delbridge who is Cardiff University’s Dean of Research, Innovation & Enterprise and the academic lead for its development of SPARK (Social Science Research Park) and co-author of the study.

Social Enterprises and Social Ventures: Innovation and Incubation 

Caroline Hyde will be one of the speakers in this session and is Director of Workspace & Enterprise Support at Allia. Caroline oversees the running of Future Business Centres in Cambridge and Peterborough and developing the business proposition for future centres in East London and beyond. 

Caroline is responsible for the overall strategy and delivery of their business support programmes including Social Incubator East and the Business Growth & Advisory Programme. The centres support social and environmental entrepreneurs and ventures to successfully develop, grow and make an impact through the provision of business support, incubation, access to finance and workspace.

Community Engagement

Colworth Park engages with the local community in many ways including by provision of shared sporting facilities and local team sponsorship.

One session will be looking at good practice in stakeholder engagement looking at the multiplicy of staekeholders relationships with tenants, entrepreneurs and national/local government as well as local stakeholders to deliver positive relationswith the community.

Thursday Evening


Colworth Park is close to Bedford and the chosen conference hotel is The Park Inn by Raddison on the River Ouse in the Centre of Bedford.

Coach travel has been arranged between Colworth and Bedford (Park Inn Hotel) on Thursday evening and Friday morning.

The Thursday evening Reception and Dinner will be held at The Embankment in Central Bedford.

Full Programme

The Full programme can be downloaded here.



There is now (10 January) very limited availability at the Park Inn Hotel for Thursday 4 February.  Booking.com is showing availability at other local hotels including the nearby Swan Hotel and Embankment Hotel. More here

Park Inn by Raddison  (3 and 4 February 2016). The main hotel reserved for the UKSPA event at Colworth is the Park Inn which overlooks the Rive Ouse in Central Bedford. A limited number of rooms have been reserved on the Wednesday 3 February and also the Thursday 4 February at a guaranteed rate of £80.00 until 4 January so early booking is recommended.

Book online at  http://www.parkinn.co.uk/hotel-bedford.  

When you go onto the hotel website, please choose check in/check out date. After this, please choose more options and in the promotional code field type in ukspa. This will show the rate of £80.00..

Introducing Colworth Park

The park is home to Unilever’s Scientific Research in discovery, central product safety, sustainability and global product development activities as well as a range of other growing organisations and academic research groups.

Colworth is an established location for scientific excellence in commercial research and development throughout the supply chain, including foundation research, prototyping and market development.

Colworth Park provides a supportive environment for open innovation where networking and collaboration are integral to the campus culture. At the Park, there is a unique range of scientific expertise and business support services for tenants and resident organisation to utilise, complemented by a wealth of onsite amenities for employees.

Find out more at http://www.colworthpark.com/

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