7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition



Themed Symposium

Friday 6th October 2017 (all day)

 Malvern Theatres, WR14 3HB 


This was a day devoted to instilling innovation in the heart of your business. Whether you needed to protect intellectual property, secure funding, start a new venture, grow an existing enterprise or expand overseas, this session focused on how to think creatively about your business operations and included case studies and an elevator pitching session.

The symposium was free for all to attend.




Registration & Exhibition Opens

@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern #entrepreneurship #SMEs #business



Presentations begin in the auditorium.

Dr Adrian Burden, Festival Founder & Managing Director of Innovate Malvern CIC




Four ways to grow your business from today!

With the future of the economy in the hands of small business, it's more critical than ever to surround yourself with the support and advice required to grow. Hear how to make the most of new markets in the UK and overseas, embrace the digital opportunity, and achieve business growth on your own terms.

Emma Jones MBE, Founder of Enterprise Nation & SME Representative for Crown Commercial Service

Following a degree in Law and Japanese, Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, where she set up the firm’s Inward Investment practice that attracted overseas companies to locate in the UK. In 2000, bitten by the dot.com bug, Emma left the firm to start her first business, Techlocate – after 15 months, the company was successfully sold to Tenon plc. The experience of starting, growing and selling a business gave Emma the idea for Enterprise Nation which was launched in 2006 as the home business website. In March 2011 Emma was one of 8 co-founders to launch StartUp Britain, the national campaign to encourage more people to start a business and support existing businesses to grow. In November 2015 Emma was appointed by the UK Prime Minister as a Business Ambassador with a focus on increasing international trade, and in July 2016 Emma was appointed SME Representative for Crown Commercial Service.

@emmaljones, @e_nation



Finding your space in digital disruption

Disruption seems to creep up from unexpected places and threaten the survival of established institutions such as banks, accountancies and retailers. The insatiable ability of digital technologies to fuel innovation and disruptions both presents a threat and an opportunity. In this talk, Rashik will explore recent innovations and how they provide a clue to future digital disruptions.

Rashik Parmar MBE, Technical Executive Europe and IBM Distinguished Engineer

Rashik is the leader of IBM’s European technical community and previously President of IBM's Academy of Technology. He currently advises clients on their cloud innovation roadmap from a technology and business perspective. He has worked for financial, retail and manufacturing clients on IT transformation projects of all sizes. Rashik was appointed to the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board and chairs the business communications group. He is helping develop the innovation strategies to accelerate growth of this £55bn marketplace. He is also IBM’s Partnership Executive for Imperial College, an Adjunct Professor for Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Imperial College Business School and Visiting Professor to the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group at the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. 



Networking Break

Opportunity to tour the exhibition



Innovation supported by a connected county

Worcestershire LEP has a vision for a Connected County; working in partnership with network operators, businesses and other public sector bodies to become an exemplar in enhanced connectivity to bring benefit to the region. This initative includes the creation of a 5G test network in collaboration with the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre, aiming to put Worcestershire at the forefront of the next wave of data communication technology.

Lorraine Stone has a vast amount of experience in the Telco sector having previously held Executive roles in BT, O2 & Telefonica. Her roles ranged from leveraging the commercial value of Big Data to the development of the business product portfolio & marketing strategy as Business Product & Marketing Director at O2. 




Entrepreneur: second mover advantage

We all hear about the need for entrepreneurs to help drive new technological innovation and build the digital economy, but who are these people and what skills are required today? In the last 30 years, work and play have been transformed beyond all recognition through computer technology: the mobile industry, gaming industry and the Internet have democratised information, providing knowledge to all. The impact of this is changing today's professions and the nature of work. This talk looks at how businesses can start and grow, harness data, and innovate quickly to beat the competition.

John Morton is CEO of CPM and a founder of three technology start-ups (one of which has now failed). John is a computing career professional, having started as an algorithmic programmer, and he has run extensive projects and departments, been in large complex outsourcing contracts and held senior IT leadership positions within SAS (the Business Analytics Company) and Intel. John is currently Business Representative to Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Forum, Chairman of the lifestyle payment solutions company Zapaygo, and CTO of blockchain startup Populous.



Triple-bill about growing an innovative business from the day's Palladium Sponsor Harrison Clark Rickerbys



Raising funds to start and scale

Jon Whitbread, Partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, works with management teams and other stakeholders of distressed businesses to try and turnaround their operations. He also acts for specialist turnaround funds in connection with their investment/acquisition activities. He has a particular specialism in dealing with manufacturing businesses. 


Protecting your intellectual property for added value

Kate Lees, Patent Attorney at Harrison Clark Rickerby, has over 18 years’ experience in both British and European patents.  She has a particular interest in the health-care industry, but has specific areas of expertise including agrochemicals, food supplements, oil recovery and assisted living products. Kate has extensive experience filing registered designs and in relations to settling matters relating to registered design and unregistered design right infringement.



Exploiting new business ideas through commercialisation

Robert Cobley, Partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, works in the intellectual property and technology team within the commercial department. He has a background in IT, having worked for a software house prior to qualifying as a solicitor. Since qualifying, Rob has worked for a wide range of clients from, small owner-managed businesses to large international telecoms providers, advising on IT, intellectual property and general commercial contracts.


Networking Lunch

Opportunity to tour the exhibition



Innovation in retail technology

We may be a nation of shopkeepers, but the Internet and digitial technology has opened huge opportunities in the retail space. Hear how Maybe* makes it easy for retailers to connect and engage with their shoppers, and also find out about the #WDYT campaign that helps towns and cities across the UK drive local footfall by increasing their digital influence.

Polly Barnfield OBE is the Founder and CEO of Maybe* and was previously the Founder of Everyclick whose innovative fundraising platforms have raised over £8.5m for a wide range of charities. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for services to Philanthropy.




Lessons learnt pitching an innovative technology company

Founded in 2010, Versarien offers proprietary materials technology to create innovative engineering solutions that are capable of having game-changing impact in a broad variety of industry sectors. In June 2013, Versarien floated on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange. This growth trajectory has required the business to be pitched to potential customers, suppliers and investors.

Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien Plc, is a graduate engineer with over 20 years of senior level experience in manufacturing and engineering companies, including several directorships of AIM-quoted companies. Neill has demonstrated success in introducing and commercialising new technology, including new materials and coatings for diverse sectors from aerospace to Formula One, including significant work in the oil and gas sector. Neill has successfully led several successful turnarounds and was a board-level director at Elektron Technology plc.

@versarien, @neillricketts


Elevator Pitches

A selection of entrepreneurs will pitch their business, product or service idea for some constructive feedback and Q&A from our panel and audience. You never know, someone watching may have just the right connection or even some money to invest!

If you'd like to have a go please register here and we'll get back to you.

The panel


Polly Barnfield OBE is a serial entrepreneur, having been CEO of the digital agency Click to Client, founding CEO of Everyclick, and currently the founder and CEO of Maybe*. Between 2011 and 2015, Polly was a Board Member of the Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP Entrepreneurs' Forum, providing the Government with insight into the challenges of growing business in the financial climate at that time. 



Martin Cordey has experience developing business relationships and deal opportunities in the corporate finance and M&A sector, working for Catalyst Corporate Finance and Lyceum Capital in the Midlands. Previously he spent over 30 years at Lloyds Bank latterly as head of its Acquisition Finance team in Birmingham. During Martin’s time at Lloyds Bank he funded a broad range of leveraged finance deals, including buy outs, acquisitions and P2Ps. Martin is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds an MA in Modern History from Oxford University.



Beryl Cuckney is the founder of Malvern Business Academy. She has extensive experience working with executives and their senior management teams to clarify and strategise their goals within the public and private sectors. Her specialities include change management, performance management, and executive business coaching. More recently Beryl launched an initiative that delivers ground-breaking 14-week educational programmes as part of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy with a focus on young vulnerable adults (19-24), most of whom have been in the care system and are dealing with homelessness.



Neill Ricketts, CEO of Versarien Plc, is a graduate engineer with over 20 years of senior level experience in manufacturing and engineering companies, including several directorships of AIM-quoted companies. Under Neill's leadership, Versarien has gained much industry recognition and received a number of high profile awards, including the London 2012 UKTI Startup Games Overall Winner, 2013 Racecar Engineering Magazine’s Most Innovative Product Award, 2012 MWP Advanced Manufacturing Award for Research and Development and 2012 HP Smart Business Award for Manufacturing Innovation.

@versarien, @neillricketts


Networking Break

Opportunity to tour the exhibition





BusinessInnoMag 150

Business & Innovation Magazine is your essential source for business and industry news, networks and information covering Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and North Wiltshire. [Stand B16]


charlton 150pxw

Charlton Networks deliver a complete IT support service for our clients, designed to optimise the use of ICT within your business. Our clients benefit from a complete 'one-stop-shop', reducing the cost of your IT, increasing your productivity and removing the 'headache' of dealing with multiple suppliers and impersonal call centres. [Stand B02]


Circle2Success 150pxw

Circle2Success (C2S) is a network of businesses, a business community with a focus on building relationship, establishing connections, maximising growth, collaboration and best practice. [Stand B07]


entrepreneurcoworking 150pxw

Entrepreneur Coworking build spaces designed for exceptional people, like you. We have set out on a mission to offer our members an ideal space in which they can create their next big idea and unlock the true potential of their businesses. [Stand B20]


Glideology 150x68

Glideology believe your amazing ideas must become reality and it's their purpose to make that happen. They understand the journey and challenges involved with developing a new product.  Using their 3D model and fast prototyping, their team of experienced engineers will turn your concept into brilliant and beautiful technology ready for manufacturing. They also provide holistic business support to help you make the right decisions at the right time, making your business a success.  They are your fit for purpose technology experts.  [Stand B04]


HarrisonClarkRickerbysLogo 150pxw

Harrison Clark Rickerbys is a leading law firm of 400 staff with one mission: for their solicitors to provide exceptional legal services and client care. For business clients, they offer a full range of services. Their commercial team consists of experienced lawyers specialising in a wide variety of commercial law issues and commercial contracts, providing pragmatic advice to assist you and your business every step of the way. Their clients range from large multi-national companies and publicly listed companies to small family-run businesses and start-ups, all of whom are given the same level of commitment, experience and communication from the team. [Stand B08]


IASME 150pxw

IASME is one of the four Cyber Essentials accreditation bodies appointed by the UK Government. Together with their Certification Body companies, they can certify you to the Cyber Essentials scheme required for many government tenders. They also offer the IASME Governance standard which, based on international best practice, is risk-based and includes aspects such as physical security, staff awareness, and data backup. [Stand B14]


imaginify 150pxw

Imaginify empowers girls to pursue careers in digital and technology, through training and mentoring, role models, networking opportunities and resources for girls and young women, and their schools, colleges and Universities[Stand B01]


 IMechE 150pxw

Institution of Mechanical Engineers works with leading companies, universities, and think tanks to create and share knowledge, fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering. [Stand B05]

@IMechE, @IMechE_Worcs

LineOnLogo 100pxw

LineOn supports you in securing your entire system. Their speciality is the security of information and information systems, but they are also capable of finding the best products for your business and implementing them through their team of experts. [Stand B06]

LujamLogo 150pxw

LuJam offers a subscription based security service priced attractively for SMEs. It is complementary to firewalls and anti-virus software, detecting otherwise uncovered security threats including those associated with IoT devices. A sensor audits, reports and alerts on network activity, provides visibility of unauthorised devices, the use of cloud services and blocks access to high-risk areas of the Internet. [Stand B17]

LowCarbonOpp 150pcw

The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme is offering FREE renewable energy or low carbon innovation assessments and grants to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs).  Through the programme, SMEs in Worcestershire will be enabled and encouraged to adopt renewable energy, with free feasibility support followed by grants to install a renewable energy system. [Stand B12]


MakeITSimple 150pxw

Make IT Simple aren't just developers. They love to create stuff that has never been done before, and make it work beautifully.  The bigger the challenge, the better. [Stand B19]


Origone 150pxw

Origone has internationally recognized expertise with products and services in Business Intelligence, Telecommunications, Cyber-Security, Cyber Intelligence and High Tech. The company provides governance software tools for businesses as well as solutlions to enhance and organisation's cyber security and cyber intelligence. Origone has a presence in various worldwide locations including London, Paris, Washington, Tel Aviv and New Delhi. [Stand B13]


UBRacing 150pxw

UBRacing is is the University of Birmingham’s official Formula Student Team. They are an entirely student run project with the aim of designing, funding and building a single-seat racing car from scratch to compete in the Formula Student competition each year. The project is run as an extra-curricular activity and involves over 70 students each year from a range of degree subjects. [Static display, am]


UniOfBuck 150pxw

Founded in 1976 and receiving its Royal Charter in 1983, the university is famous for traditional small-group Oxbridge-style teaching. The University of Buckingham is the UK’s leading independent university. [Stand B03]


UniWorcester 150pxw

The Worcester Business School at the University of Worcester is an approved Chartered Management Institute Centre and a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS). Rooted in the region, supporting business growth and leading the employability agenda, the School is interdisciplinary and outward-looking. [Stand B09]


FW WorcLEP 50pxh

The Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP), one of 38 in England, is responsible for creating and delivering economic growth and jobs in the County. This is achieved through a partnership approach with business, local government, the third sector and higher and further education working together with a common, shared purpose. [Stand B10]


WICLogo 150pxw

The Wyche Innovation Centre is a business accelerator and technology incubator situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the side of the Malvern Hills. It is home to over 50 SMEs and organisations in numerous sectors including software development, cyber security, technical consultancy, publishing, and business services. [Stand C02]


2017 Business of Innovating Day Sponsors

2017 Festival Supporters