Business leaders from across Plymouth have been finding out how the region’s environmental and technological expertise can benefit them.
Dozens of companies attended the Plymouth launch of The Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab (Impact Lab), held at Plymouth Science Park.
The Impact Lab is a £6.4 million project, part-funded by a £3.4 million grant from the European Regional Development Fund.
Its aim is to harness the knowledge held within those institutions as a resource for collaborative projects with businesses in the county to solve a key technical challenge in the development of a new product, service or process.
The Impact Lab brings together seven world class Devon-based organisations – the University of Exeter, Exeter City Futures, the Met Office, the University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and Rothamsted Research.
This launch event was specifically designed to reach out to firms in and around the city, and was coordinated by the three Plymouth partners.
It included talks about some of the environmental and technological challenges businesses might face, and how the organisations’ expertise could individually and collectively help overcome them. A further interactive panel discussion provided the opportunity for questions and discussion.
Professor Iain Stewart, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at the University of Plymouth, said:
“We live in an era where everyone, whether they employ one person or one thousand, is more environmentally aware than ever. And every company, regardless of the size and sector, faces challenges that they might not have the expertise to address themselves. With funding of up to £50,000 available for new projects, the Impact Lab is perfect for small businesses looking to overcome obstacles and take advantage of opportunities now and in the future.”