June lunch with Steve Upcraft, lead on SME engagement Ingenuity

Ingenuity is a leading business network based at the University of Nottingham which focuses on helping small to medium sized businesses understand how the University can support them.

Steve spoke about a new initiative which brings together three local universities: the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Derby, in a collaborative £20 million programme, designed to facilitate innovation in SMEs across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire over the next 3 years.   He explained how the club’s members can take advantage of this initiative.

“Steve Upcraft was an excellent guest speaker,” said James Simmonds, president of Nottingham City Business Club.  “It was really interesting to hear about the developments across the region’s universities and the opportunities for local businesses to interact with them.”

“The Nottingham City Business Club is a key indicator of a vibrant and healthy business community and as such it presented the ideal opportunity to outline the very latest initiative from the areas three universities, supported by European funding, to encourage innovation in SME’s across the two counties,” said Steve Upcraft.

Pamela Wright, deputy agent for the Bank of England in the East Midlands, will be the speaker at club’s next event which takes place on Friday 22 July.  She will provide an update on the economy and will explain the thinking behind recent monetary and financial policy decisions.

Pictured are club President James Simmonds (left) with Guest Speaker Steve Upcraft of Ingenuity, based at the University of Nottingham