Skills & Growth to sponsor The Business of Science Conference 2018

Skills & Growth to sponsor The Business of Science Conference 2018


Cheshire East Council’s arms length Skills and Growth Company has pledged support to the commercialisation of great science by becoming a sponsor of the Business of Science event for 2018.

The conference, which has a raft of high-profile speakers confirmed already, including vice-chancellor, University of Liverpool, Professor Dame Janet Beer DBE and Richard Carter, managing director UK and Ireland for BASF, will be held at Hilton Liverpool City Centre on 17th May 2018.

Made up of a combination of presentations, panel discussions, breakout and interactive sessions, the Business of Science Conference will cover topics such as productivity, regulation and Brexit, while highlighting key developments of ground-breaking innovation and invention.

Across Cheshire East there are around 7,000 people employed in the science sector, over 5 times the national average, with more than 300 science-based businesses based in the borough gaining a world-wide reputation for expertise and a culture of innovation.

Councillor George Hayes, Chairman of The Skills and Growth Company  said: “Cheshire East has an international reputation as a hub of science and innovation. With renowned scientific assets, such as Alderley Park; the UK’s largest bioscience campus and the Headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) the world’s largest radio telescope, Cheshire East is an ideal location for science businesses, both large and small. We are delighted to be supporting The Business of Science 2018, supporting the enhancement of this key economic growth sector.”

The Business of Science Leadership Award will also return for another year, acknowledging the contribution of an individual who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in an area of science and innovation.

Professor Stephen Watts from the University of Manchester has been nominated for the award by The Skills & Growth Company. In 2011, Professor Watts coordinated and led a successful bid as part of an international competition to site the Square Kilometre Array headquarters at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. More recently, a further successful bid was coordinated to site the SKA Observatory Headquarters (SKAHQ) on a permanent basis and the company is due to become an international governmental organisation (IGO), operating from late 2019.

Professor Watts’ leadership has been instrumental in securing the funding, leading the bid and providing the expertise needed to secure such a prestigious international project and IGO in the North West and UK as a whole. The UK Government has committed £200 m to the SKA project.

Steve Bennett, managing director of Business of Science Limited and host of the conference, said: “It’s great to have The Skills & Growth Company on board as a sponsor, adding to what is an impressive lineup of speakers and supporters.

“Hosting the event in a new city this year means there’s more room for discussion and collaboration on some of the key issues on the national science agenda today, so I’m pleased that The Skills & Growth Company will be a part of that.”

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