Macro to Nano:Innovation Support for County Durham SMEs

Event Details

Start Date
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:30
End Date
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:30
Ramside Hall Hotel
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We are delighted to invite you to an exciting roadshow hosted by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), Durham University and County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN).

Macro to Nano – Innovation support for County Durham SMEs is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to explore what support is available in order to successfully develop and commercialise new products and processes. 


County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) is the organisation tasked with supporting the continued growth of the area’s engineering and manufacturing industries. CDEMN positions itself at the heart of the engineering and manufacturing industries, offering companies expert support and access to the assistance they need to realise their full potential.

About CPI

CPI is a UK based technology and innovation centre and part of the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult. CPI helps SMEs to identify and overcome their innovation challenges by providing technical expertise coupled with development and scale up facilities.

About Durham University

Durham University is consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities as shown by its position within World Top 100 global league tables.

It is renowned for its strength in teaching and research and is looking to collaborate with SMEs in the Durham area where its unique knowledge base can be leveraged to support the development of this region.

Event Overview

This event will showcase the ERDF fully state aid funded programme COAST (Collaborative Outreach in Applied Surface Engineering) which is managed by Durham University and CPI. The event will provide an opportunity for businesses to learn more about this programme in addition to the following:

  • Access to funding routes
  • Information from Investors
  • Commercialisation of products and processes
  • An insight to what CPI and Durham University can offer SMEs
  • Engagement with other SMEs who have gained business success through expert support
  • Business networking opportunities


James Brown

James is a great example of entrepreneurship. From a simple idea formulated on holiday to one of the most successful subscription businesses in the UK in just 5 years. Inspired by a craft beer road trip across Europe on the back of his dad’s Harley, James launched Beer52 in September 2013. Now the UK’s largest and fastest growing craft beer club with 25,000+ monthly members and backed by founders of SkyScanner, Secret Escapes, Funkin Cocktails and SongKick. 

Andy Chaloner

Stream Bio has developed a range of unique conjugated polymer nanoparticles (CPNsTM) which have the potential to revolutionise molecular probe and bioimaging applications. Extremely bright and stable, Stream’s CPNsTM could revolutionise rapid diagnostic tests for diseases such as HIV and Ebola or be used in vivo for tumour imaging during surgery. Stream have recently agreed the commercial launch of these exciting new materials through a well-known global distribution partner. 


The event will be split into two parts, delegates are welcome to attend both sessions or just drop in for one.

08.30 — 10.30: Session 1 — An introduction to funding and services

  • Breakfast and networking
  • A journey from innovation to commercialisation (James Brown)
  • How funding and information from investors helps SMEs
  • Q&A Panel Discussion

11.00 — 13.30: Session 2 — Innovation support for SMEs

  • A journey from innovation to commercialisation
  • The offer of CPI/​CDEMN/​Durham University
  • The COAST Project
  • SMEs that have worked with the research entities
  • Lunch and Networking