Futurebuild partners with BEIS and Innovate UK to host Innovation Zone

Futurebuild has been announced as an official UK Government Innovation Partner and will host ‘The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Innovation Zone’.

The Innovation Zone – delivered by BEIS in conjunction with Innovate UK and the wider innovation family – will inspire and educate visitors around the Government’s ambitious clean growth initiatives and provide knowledge to innovative companies on how to access funding and support from BEIS and Innovate UK.

It will demonstrate the Government’s work in delivering on the Clean Growth Strategy and showcase the impact and opportunities of BEIS’s Energy Innovation Programme. Focused on accelerating the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes.

BEIS will be highlighting the economic opportunities presented by tackling climate change. Visitors will be able to learn more about businesses who are already benefiting from the opportunities created by the £2.5bn Clean Growth Strategy, as well as gaining an in-depth understanding of the work of BEIS and opportunities available from BEIS and Innovate UK.

The Zone will provide a concentrated platform for knowledge share and investment in a lower carbon economy.

This will take the form of three distinct areas:

  • A three-day seminar series focused on key clean growth themes.
  • An exhibition of innovative companies that have been funded and achieved growth through various BEIS and Innovate UK funding streams.
  • A ‘Business Bar’ providing one-to-one business support and education to people with innovative ideas on how they can access available funding and innovation support.

Martin Hurn, MD of Futurebuild, said: “We pride ourselves on being the industry event where professionals from every field of the built environment unite to share knowledge and harness the latest opportunities to drive the entire sector forward. We’re extremely pleased that BEIS and Innovate UK has recognised this in their decision to partner with us in delivering the Innovation Zone at Futurebuild 2019.

“BEIS wants to build further awareness and advocacy around its aims of driving innovation in the clean growth sector and ensuring the UK is recognised as a global leader in tackling climate change. Futurebuild is the ideal location to do that, with thousands of industry professionals – from senior decision makers to start up innovators – visiting from around the globe to learn about the latest innovation and develop mutually beneficial relationships.

“We’re looking forward to the start of another long and fruitful partnership through the Innovation Zone.”

Ian Meikle, director, clean growth & infrastructure at Innovate UK, said: “Futurebuild is an excellent platform to showcase the huge opportunities for businesses of clean growth technologies, and in particular the unprecedented investment by government through the Clean Growth Grand Challenge.

“There is a real appetite among businesses across the built environment to innovate and grow in a future low carbon economy. Innovate UK looks forward to being a key partner in the Futurebuild Innovation Zone.”



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