University of Leicester uses space mission expertise to assist industry

Posted by er134 at Oct 09, 2013 10:38 AM |
Upcoming Space IDEAS Hub event to build upon already successful knowledge transfer from space missions into commercial benefit for UK industry

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 9 October 2013

Photograph of Miles Hilton-Barber and Bloodhound Supersonic Car available from

Businesses are invited to a free two day networking event, HUB:BLE-2, that will help boost your business locally, nationally, internationally and maybe even into space!

Keynote speaker Miles Hilton-Barber – blind adventurer, record holder extraordinaire, and global inspirational leader will start the event off on the right track with his experiences of achievement and ambition. On Day 2, the keynote will feature glimpses of the frontiers of UK innovation with the new land speed record attempt – the Bloodhound Supersonic Car.

Building upon the outstanding success of previous events, there will be sessions on topics such as Growth and Entrepreneurship, Developing your Idea, Finding your Market, and Exporting. Master classes in Project Management, Marketing and Intellectual Property will help you gain a deeper understanding of these key business topics.

The event is being run by the Space IDEAS Hub project with the support of the University of Leicester and the European Regional Development Fund. Regional businesses can engage with representatives from further afield and invited guests from large multinationals.

Dr. Andy Powell of the University of Leicester Space Ideas Hub said: “An informal event with like-minded people just works. It’s about knowledge, networking, free business advice, master classes, and inspiration. It’s unique in the cluttered business event market. Boosting Local Enterprise – we put it in the name!”

The University of Leicester has a track record of working with local companies to support their technical and business development and support their growth. The University’s Space Research Centre (SRC) is internationally recognised for building instruments that can withstand the extreme conditions encountered during space missions.

The Space IDEAS (Innovative Design Engineering Analysis and Support) Hub is a knowledge transfer project based at the Space Research Centre, University of Leicester that operates with the support of the (ERDF). It aims to help businesses embrace innovation in their products or processes by leveraging the expertise in the Space Research Centre.

The event will take place on 16-17 October at the National Space Centre, and is principally aimed at regional Small-Medium Enterprises. Details and registration information are available via the website


Notes to editors:

Please contact Ed Chester for further details via

Space Research Centre, Director:

Prof. George Fraser, Space Research Centre, University of Leicester, email

Space IDEAS Hub Project Manager

Dr. Ed Chester, email

About ERDF nationally

The ERDF Programme aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by supporting regional economic development.

The ERDF objectives for England are:

  • Promoting innovation and knowledge transfer
  • Stimulating  enterprise and supporting successful business
  • Ensuring sustainable development, production and consumption
  • Building sustainable communities
  • Improving accessibility and connectivity (for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly only – as part of their Convergence Programme).

A Programme Monitoring Committee consisting of regional stakeholders such as Government Offices, LEPs, Regional Assemblies, Local Authorities, Sub-regional Partnerships, Higher Education Institutions, Trade Unions, and the private and voluntary sectors will monitor and oversee programme implementation in each region.

For more information on ERDF funding generally, please visit or

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