ISCF Clean Energy Sandpit

Date: 28th June 2017
Location: Gripple Riverside

In order to maximise opportunities presented by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the MD Club are hosting a series of interactive, facilitated workshops (sandpits) working alongside regional businesses and academics on the challenge areas, and funding calls, in which the Sheffield City Region is best positioned to respond.

What is the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)?

  • The ISCF is a fund to invest in science and innovation challenges, to meet the demands and opportunities of UK industry
  • The Government has committed to an additional £4.7 billion investment in science & innovation – the greatest single increase for nearly 40 years
  • Of this £4.7 billion investment, £270 million was announced in the March budget for the following calls:

– Developing artificial intelligence and robotics for offshore energy, nuclear energy and space
– Designing and manufacturing better batteries for new electric vehicles
– Improving medicine manufacturing technologies to speed up patient access to drugs

The ISCF will initially be focused on 8 challenge areas (with a further 2 in consideration) where there is the greatest market potential, excellent UK research and industrial capability, where the timing is right for a major drive, and where public money can work alongside private sector investment to make the UK a world-leader

The sandpits will provide the opportunity for businesses to discuss:

  • What are your ideas? Do you see opportunities for growth? Do you have a vision around these challenges?
  • What is your role in the supply chain around these challenges? Who do you need to be working with?
  • Do we have local issues and can we build on local research assets and industrial capability?
  • How can the universities work with you to support your ideas? What do we need to do as an enabler?



Stimulating business growth through Sheffield Innovation Programme

What is the Sheffield Innovation Programme?

The Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) is a regional initiative which aims to stimulate business growth via academic expertise and university facilities.
The programme is run through industry focused workshops and bespoke consultancy so we can really target your business needs.

How we’ve already helped…

Steel company AI Materials approached the university for assistance with increasing the mechanical strength and toughness of their super duplex stainless steel.

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Can we help your business?

Our bespoke consultancy projects can help develop new products, processes or ways of working to grow and develop your business.
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Superfast South Yorkshire funding scheme available

Superfast South Yorkshire funding scheme announced

Do you want a speedy, reliable connection that will open your business up to global markets? Could a new innovation create new business opportunities?

The SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme offers Vouchers to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take-up faster digital connectivity, and to further support SMEs to introduce transformational innovations to the business that can improve business performance through faster digital connections.

Vouchers will have a maximum value which will be 50% of the actual cost for the connection or innovation provided, (all figures stated are excluding VAT):

  • Connection Voucher : Actual connection costs between £1000 and £5000 (Voucher values would be between £500 and £2500)
  • Innovation Voucher:  Actual innovation costs between £5000 and £24999 (Voucher values would be between £2500 and £12499.50)

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The Future of Manufacturing

Date: 6th April 2017
Location: The AMRC Factory 2050

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With integrated ‘cyber-physical systems’ providing more connectivity and therefore more data, the next generation of manufacturing technologies (known as the 4th industrial revolution) are being adopted globally.

With companies like Siemens leading the way, what does this change mean for businesses in the Sheffield City Region? Can they work alongside Sheffield academics to harness these new technologies, adopting the elements that will be worth their investment?

Keynote speakers include:

Alan Norbury, Central Technology Officer (CTO) for Siemens industrial activities

After starting his career as an apprentice in Siemens Congleton in 1978, Alan later became the UK Product Specialist for a number of advanced technologies, developing into the role of Applications Specialist with a focus on the UK original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market.

As Siemens Industrial Central Technology Officer, Alan now dedicates his time to developing leading technology innovations, working closely with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) as part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Ben Morgan, Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

At their new home in Factory 2050, the AMRC Integrated Manufacturing Group are driving world-class reconfigurable manufacturing technology. Working with industrial and academic partners they bring together advanced technologies, such as robotics, augmented reality and large-volume metrology, to develop innovative integrated systems using ‘Big Data’ technology.

Industry 4.0 presents an incredibly exciting but equally daunting prospect. Ben’s talk will try to de-mystify what it means to SMEs and demonstrate a route to starting the journey

Digital Transformation for Productivity

Date: 20th October 2016
Location: Yellow Arch Studios

Keynote speaker: Rachel Neaman, Director of Skills and Partnerships at Doteveryone, will be discussing digital transformation for productivity.

Rachel Neaman has a wealth of experience in delivering digital strategy, policy and products and sits on the Digital Leaders Advisory Board, the UK’s premier platform for expert opinion and networking on digital transformation.

Previously Chief Executive of Go ON UK, a cross sector digital skills charity, until it merged with Doteveryone, Rachel worked to create a new kind of digital organisation to show what’s possible: tech for good, at scale, for everyone.

With a passion for delivering results through smart and collaborative working, Rachel will be speaking at this upcoming MD Club event on digital transformation, leadership and inclusion, and how technology can be harnessed for positive social outcomes and improving business productivity.