Strategic partner

Driving innovation for business growth

Business innovation is fundamental to economic prosperity. Businesses that embrace new products, processes and technologies become more productive, challenge existing business models and grow quickly. 

The CBI works to help create the conditions that enable businesses to come up with new ideas, invest in research and development, and adopt new technologies. To support this we are delighted to announce our Innovation Conference on 24th May 2017. This one-day conference will comprise keynote and panel plenary sessions, as well as breakout workshops.

The core of the day will be delivered through three pillars of innovation. These are:

Product - the creation of a good or service that is either new or improved

Tech - igniting change and bringing interconnection to the forefront

Talent - stimulating, developing and supporting innovative talent through skills, culture, structures and process.

The conference will also provide you with a chance to influence our policy work in this space. It will  provide you with details on how to access our latest innovation related intelligence.

We are immensely proud that the event will be held at the Renishaw Innovation Centre in Gloucestershire. Companies that have already committed to take part as speakers, panel members or workshop case studies include Google, Screwfix, Airbus, Rotork, Renishaw and the University of Bath.

Speakers include:

Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief executive, Innovate UK
Dr Ruth McKernan CBE joined Innovate UK as Chief Executive in May 2015. Ruth has 25 years of research and commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including heading up research units in the UK and the US. She is a member of the Ministry of Defence’s Innovation Advisory Panel and the Royal Society’s Science, Industry and Translation Committee. Ruth was also a Council Member for the Medical Research Council for five years.

James Murray Wells OBE, Industry head of retail, Google UK
Murray Wells won the 2005 Shell LiveWIRE award for entrepreneurship, the 2005 Startup Award, the 2005 Wales and West Country Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 2005 Business of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the 2006 Isambard Kingdom Brunel Young Entrepreneur Award.

In 2009, he was awarded the Queen's Award for Achievement in Enterprise Promotion, becoming the youngest person to receive the award.

Booking - Workshops

We will be running simultaneous workshops in the morning and the afternoon sessions. These will be focused on the three pillars of innovation listed above; Product, Tech and Talent and all attendees will have the opportunity to register for 2 workshops, one during each session. When registering to attend the event, please respond to the listed question and specify which two workshop subjects you would like to attend. Please note that, whilst every effort will be made to offer your preferred workshops, we are not able to guarantee your preferred options.

Booking - General

Places are limited and the event is targeted predominately at medium sized companies. Priority will therefore be for companies with a turnover between £10m-£500m, with two complimentary places being available for each company (the second place for professional service organisations will be placed on a reserve list and made available depending on space). Smaller companies demonstrating growth potential are also encouraged to register. Places will be confirmed within two weeks of registering an interest.