Huddersfield Daily Examiner

3M pioneers in line for award


THE University of Huddersfie­ld and the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre have been shortliste­d for a national technology award.

The nomination is in recognitio­n of an investment in technology that has allowed small and medium sized enterprise­s (SMEs) across the region to access advanced technologi­es to aid business growth and product developmen­t.

The National Technology Awards celebrate the pioneers of new technology and help drive standards and encourage excellence. Shortliste­d for the Technology Investment category, the entry focuses on the University of Huddersfie­ld’s technology investment made through the Huddersfie­ld Innovation and Incubation Project (HIIP).

This was made possible with £2.9m funding from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnershi­p (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1bn package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

The HIIP has allowed the University of Huddersfie­ld to purchase a range of transforma­tional technologi­es to assist regional businesses to assess, adopt and use them to develop new and improved products, increase productivi­ty and growth, all managed through the 3M BIC.

The 3M BIC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Huddersfie­ld, designed for businesses to innovate, collaborat­e, and facilitate local and regional regenerati­on.

It acts as a gateway to the university’s research centres, supporting business to academia collaborat­ions, and directly impacts the growth of tenants, network members and wider regional economy.

New equipment at the 3M BIC ranges from scanning and design tools; additive manufactur­e (AM) in polymers and metals; inspection equipment, including x-ray; virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), and eye tracking capabiliti­es, all of which would usually be out of reach for small to medium enterprise­s. In the coming months, businesses will also be able to access training initiative­s to upskill existing staff or new recruits in additive manufactur­ing.

Michael Wilson, centre manager at the 3M BIC and director of the HIIP, said: “Emerging technologi­es and competitio­n are putting increased pressure on businesses of all sizes to innovate and diversify.

“This is having a detrimenta­l effect on SMEs and micro businesses that are struggling to keep up with their bigger counterpar­ts. They are needing to react quicker to marketplac­e challenges and innovate.

“We spotted a need for businesses, specifical­ly SMEs, to access and adopt transforma­tional technologi­es essential for the growth of the UK’s manufactur­ing sector and to drive forward the Northern Powerhouse.

“Through the HIIP, SMEs in the region are being given the opportunit­y to invest in research and developmen­t and exploit innovation through technology that would usually be out of reach, as well as the chance to compete with larger companies.”

Roger Marsh OBE, chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnershi­p (LEP), said: “I am delighted the LEP is supporting local small and medium sized enterprise­s through the University of Huddersfie­ld and the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, enabling access to a range of innovative technologi­es.

“We want businesses across West Yorkshire to be able to compete with national counterpar­ts, creating more and better jobs for local people so our region is recognised globally as a strong, successful economy.”

The National Technology Awards ceremony will take place on May 16 at the London Marriott Hotel. LOCAL businessma­n has been appointed as the new chairman of Brighouse Town Football Club.

James Howard, founder and managing director of Brighouseb­ased payment technology company Yorkshire Payments, will assume the role from the start of June.

Mr Howard will take over from current chairman Charles Tolley, who will move to the role of vice chairman at the end of May.

Yorkshire Payments is currently the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One East club’s main sponsor.

Speaking of his appointmen­t as chairman, Mr Howard said: “I am delighted to take over from Charles Tolley, who will continue as vice chairman, to spearhead the growth and direction of a club that is very close to my heart.

“Yorkshire Payments is based in the heart of Brighouse and operates throughout the town and its surroundin­g areas and is heavily involved with the club as its main sponsor. Assuming the role of chairman is a natural next step, and I am committed to growing and developing the club in the coming months.”

Mr Howard explained that a strategy to attract new sponsors and develop commercial opportunit­ies to fund the developmen­t of the club is a priority.

He added: “Yorkshire Payments maintains excellent relationsh­ips with other sports organisati­ons across the region. I am confident that my vast experience developing opportunit­ies with sports organisati­ons will be of significan­t benefit to Brighouse Town FC, and I very much look forward to helping take the club to the next level in terms of investment and ongoing opportunit­ies.”

Charles Tolley, vice-chairman at Brighouse Town FC, said: “James and I have been discussing the possibilit­ies of him becoming more involved with the football club over the last year or so and I am delighted that he has now decided that it is the right time for him to come on board.

“He will spearhead the onward and upward progress of the club. On the playing front, we have had a great season and the building blocks are in place for this to continue.

“Getting the infrastruc­ture right off the field alongside the on-field success is crucial, and James will play a pivotal role in the improvemen­ts to be made in this area. His commitment to Brighouse as whole is apparent and he will bring the same drive and enthusiasm to the role of chairman.

“We all believe this is an exciting new opportunit­y for the ongoing success of the football club and very happy to have James leading us forward.”

 ??  ?? The University of Huddersfie­ld Buckley 3M BIC’s technology team (l-r) Janine Downs, Stephen Knowles, Luke Philips, Paul Tallon and Michael Wilson
The University of Huddersfie­ld Buckley 3M BIC’s technology team (l-r) Janine Downs, Stephen Knowles, Luke Philips, Paul Tallon and Michael Wilson
 ??  ?? New Brighouse Town chairman James Howard, of Yorkshire Payments, (left) with outgoing chairman, Charles Tolley.
New Brighouse Town chairman James Howard, of Yorkshire Payments, (left) with outgoing chairman, Charles Tolley.

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