Businesses to showcase innovation at Innovate Tees Valley

Businesses to showcase innovation at Innovate Tees Valley

More than 200 innovative businesses, investors and experts from the Tees Valley area will be attending Innovate Tees Valley festival this Thursday.

Speakers confirmed for the event include entrepreneurs Alastair Waite and James Robson MBE.

Delegates will hear about the innovative thinking from leaders in new product development and commercialisation, about how to fund a fast-growing business from some of the region’s finance experts.

The festival is part of the £6.5m Innovate Tees Valley programme, led by Teesside University with partners NEPIC, the Materials Processing Institute and DigitalCity.

In the run up to festival on December 8, BQ has been profiling the businesses that will be showcasing at the event in the Tees Valley Twenty feature.

Tinkleguard is a pre-trade SME with a patented product idea for use in the medical sector. Founder Angela Davidson designed the product to help collect urine samples from infants or disabled patients.

Angela talked to BQ about what makes her product innovative, she said: "European patent and Registered designs are in place.  The product is innovative in it's size, shape and secure positioning to the skin.

"The product itself is made with a specially created material which harnesses the latest advances in super-absorbency technology."

Another company entered into Tees Valley Twenty is Mintronics, a value-added reseller of technology for design and manufacture.

Founder John Minto said: "We aim to improve our customer’s profitability by partnering technology that offers great value for money and efficiencies.

"Our main partners are 3D Systems Inc / innovators of the first 3D print. ZW3D from China with CAD/CAM technologies that include high speed machining M-Files electronic document management."

Biochemica is a leading water management company and one of a few UK firms to specialise in both water and wastewater treatment. The company entered Tees Valley Twenty to showcase its innovations. Events manager Camila Ruddy said: "Our services and solutions are designed and delivered by experienced, trained and qualified regional teams with a focus on innovation and achieving high quality results based on customer needs, process optimisation and cost reduction."

Social enterprise Academy 3-13 truly innovates in the way it offers its traineeships and apprenticeships. As a not for profit, their innovative approach to delivering training has seen them win government contracts across the Tees Valley. Assistant director Dave Mumford said: "By choosing to use us to deliver your training, you are also investing in a social enterprise and we provide opportunities for all those in training to visit our social enterprise projects – encouraging the ‘social value’ that the government is looking to increase in businesses." 

Billingham-based pump distributor and manufacturer Tomlinson Hall is the last of our Tees Valley Twenty companies to be showcasing their product innovations at the event. With their innovative liquid ring vacuum pump they work with clients across Europe, the Middle East, North & South America and Asia. Colin Simpson, business development director shared the following advice for fellow innovators: "Get ‘out there’ with your products, ensure that they are branded and marketed effectively, and tap into the power of networks and support organisations."

All five of these businesses will be showcasing their innovations at Innovate Tees Valley in Middlesbrough, alongside a host of other businesses who are doing things differently in the Tees Valley area.

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