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Warwick to showcase business support services to SMEs

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University of Warwick The University of Warwick is joining forces with the region’s first Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival to showcase its range of business support services to SMEs on Monday 20th November - alongside business events to support Coventry's bid to become City of Culture 2021.

Warwick’s annual Meet the University event aims to inform ambitious businesses of the wide range of SME services the University is able to provide, including research and development, academic expertise, recruiting students, training current staff, hiring facilities and accessing start-up support and funding.

Experts from all of Warwick’s service areas will be on hand to discuss businesses’ aspirations, providing a unique platform for businesses to connect with some of the region’s top experts in business growth to find the support they need to progress. The event is open to companies from across the region from any industry, and is being held at Radcliffe Conference Centre on the University’s Coventry-based campus.

This year, Meet the University falls on the opening day of the region’s inaugural business festival, which is taking place from the 20th November to the 1st December. The Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival will celebrate the region’s thriving business scene, stimulating business growth and encouraging inward investment by demonstrating the variety of industries in the area.

Warwick has pledged substantial support to the Festival, signing up as a partner and with Professor Kerry Kirwan, WMG and University of Warwick Academic Director of Research as the Festival’s Sector Lead for Automotive and Advanced Manufacturing.

As well as the Meet the University event on 20th November, Warwick is also holding a science and engineering focused industry event on 29th November to help relevant businesses of any size gain access to state-of-the-art equipment and collaboration opportunities through direct contact with its world-renowned scientific departments.

Professor Kerry Kirwan, Head of the Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing research group within WMG, “We’re delighted to be hosting these two events as part of the first Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival. Warwick has a long history of connecting academia with industry, and we work closely with businesses of all sizes from all sectors to provide them with the right support to unleash their potential. We hope to welcome lots of the region’s dynamic businesses to our events to share our expertise and initiate new collaborations.”

· More information on the Meet the University event is available here:

· More information on the scientific-focused event on facilities, knowledge and support is available here:

The University is also supporting several Coventry City of Culture 2021 events, including:

  • How can we boost digital creative industries in Coventry? Thursday 30 November, 5.30 – 7pm, WBS:

Come along and hear about new research into digital creative businesses in Coventry and have your say on what needs to be done: Click here for for details.

  • Who visits Coventry and Warwickshire? The latest tourism research analysis to inform your business.
    Monday 27 November, 11:45am — 2:00 pm:

Aimed at those running or involved with Coventry’s hospitality tourism-facing industry to hear analysis of the very latest visitor research: Click here for more details.

25 October 2017


Tom Frew – Senior Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Warwick

E: a dot t dot frew at warwick dot ac dot uk