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New Deputy Managing Director appointed to Oxford Innovation

A leading light in the economic development of the Thames Valley has been confirmed as the Deputy Managing Director of the UK’s foremost innovation centre operator.

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Tim Smith MBE has joined Oxford Innovation in a new key role focussed on the day-to-day running of the company. Previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Tim brings immediate knowledge and experience of the critical part that innovative start-up companies play in economic growth.

 

Between April 2015 and March 2019, he led the implementation of a strategy that created or safe-guarded nearly 4,500 jobs, assisted 1,500 businesses and helped to train and upskill over 3,700 workers.

Tim Smith, Deputy Managing Director of Oxford Innovation

Tim Smith, Deputy Managing Director of Oxford Innovation

Tim will support Oxford Innovation Managing Director, Jo Stevens, who is leading the organisation’s ambitious growth plans, which include the management of more than 40 innovation centres across the UK and Ireland.

 

Jo said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Tim, who has spent many years leading on programmes of economic development for the Thames Valley and beyond.

 

“Our clients are wrestling with many of the issues that have been at the forefront of Tim’s in-tray, notably how to ensure that the presence of great universities translate into local jobs and economic growth as well as how to develop and support the ‘harder-to-help’ towns of a region.

 

“Oxford Innovation’s work is about making places work better, through the delivery of successful and sustainable innovation centres, particularly for small business, entrepreneurs and for the innovation economy; we and our clients will greatly value his experience and leadership.”

 

Established in 1987, Oxford Innovation has grown to become the country’s largest provider of innovation centres; flexible workspace and support for innovative, early stage business.

 

So far this year, three new innovation centres have been launched; two in Oxford and one Essex, with additional centres in Newcastle, High Wycombe and Aylesbury to be launched in the next three months. Future plans include a centre in Haverhill, Suffolk and a first centre in the Republic of Ireland.

 

Tim Smith said: “I have been involved with the SQW Group for several years and have long respected the integrity, professionalism and expertise of Oxford Innovation and its sister companies.

 

“I am delighted to have joined the company and look forward to helping it realise its growth ambitions and supporting even more innovators in the future.”

 

To find out more about any of the services Oxford Innovation provide visit:

oxin-centres.co.uk or call 01865 261480.

 

Local Groups Campaign to Tackle Food Poverty

This week members and supporters of Northamptonshire Food Poverty network have been supporting the national End Hunger UK campaign challenging government to set out a plan for ending UK food poverty by 2030. The network is supported by Northamptonshire Community Foundation as part of its community leadership activity.

According to the Social Metrics Commission around 8.4 million working-age adults, 4.5 million children and 1.4 million pension-age adults are living in poverty in the UK.

Community groups, charities and supporters around the county have already done a photo stunt to highlight World Hunger Day on Wednesday 16 October including local organisations such as Re:store Northampton, Tools for Self Reliance, Service Six, Springs Family Centre, Growing Together Northampton and Baby Basics.  This is part of a day of action taking place across the whole of the UK. Members of End Hunger UK want to get their message across that in 2019 in the fifth richest nation in the world everyone should have access to good food and nobody should have to go to bed hungry.

Cafe Track Window Display

Cafe Track Window Display

Other activities by local groups to raise awareness of food poverty include Café Track, a social enterprise, on Northampton Market Square having a display of woollen-made food by local community group the Woolly Crew with information on food poverty for members of the general public to take away.

Thomas Cliffe from Café Track which supports autistic people into employment said: ‘I think it’s as simple as stopping food poverty. Food is an essential human need. Anything we can do to start a conversation is worthwhile.’

Rachel McGrath of Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network said: ‘The intention is to raise awareness amongst the general public about food poverty and to create a talking point. We are asking people to contact their MP or local councillor to ask them how they will help tackle food poverty locally and nationally.’end food hunger

Buddies of Beckets, a community group supporting the maintenance and providing activities across Becket’s Park, have put up message boards across the park highlighting food poverty and yarn-bombing the park with woollen food and messages and facts about the End Hunger UK campaign.

Emma Heath from the Woolly Crew who has been supporting the activities of Northamptonshire Food Poverty network this week said: ‘Access to food should be a basic human right. If you’re hungry and not able to afford access to food, this also means you are at risk of mental health problems as well. We shouldn’t have kids in this day and age going hungry.’end food hunger

Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network will be sending woolly food and a message at the end of the week to MPs across Northamptonshire asking them to pledge to end food poverty by 2030 and to place the memento on their desk to not forget the plight of people living in poverty during their working day.

‘Beat the Street’ Runners up Donate their Prize to Benefit Local Schools

East Northamptonshire turned into a giant game in spring, with more than 8,262 residents tapping ‘beat boxes’ around the district clocking up 73,373 miles travelling the distance of around the world nearly three times.

Ed Reeves, School Sport Manager for East Northants Area Schools, Dinky Gummer, Harry Wise and Eileen Bishop from Rushden Walking For Health Group

Ed Reeves, School Sport Manager for East Northants Area Schools, Dinky Gummer, Harry Wise and Eileen Bishop from Rushden Walking For Health Group

More than 11 community teams entered the game, delivered by East Northamptonshire Council, Freedom Leisure and Intelligent Health, with three teams receiving prizes for their efforts.

 

Rushden Walking for Health Group scooped the accolade of second place but decided that the £200 decathlon voucher could benefit more people if they donated this prize to the Wellingborough and East Northants School Sport Partnership.

 

The partnership is delivered by Northamptonshire Sport and works with schools across the area to enhance the quality and range of sporting opportunities available for young people.

 

Ed Reeves, School Sport Manager for Northamptonshire Sport and managing the Wellingborough and East Northants School Sport Partnership (WAEN SSP), said “I am delighted to have accepted a £200 voucher.

 

“Working very closely with the Rushden and Higham schools, I will be purchasing equipment with the voucher that will educate and enhance the sporting/physical activity experience of many children within the local schools.

 

“My sincere thanks go to all the walking group members for their hard work and for their very kind donation to Northamptonshire Sport and WAEN SSP.”

 

Rushden Walking for Health meet every Friday at Rushden Hall Park at 10:00am by the flagpole – everyone is welcome. The Walk is free and refreshments are available at the Hall afterwards.

 

Terry McEwen and Harry Wise from Rushden Walking for Health Group said: “We really enjoyed taking part in Beat the Street and were delighted to finish in the top place. We encourage everyone to be more active and we are very pleased to be able to donate the vouchers to the local School Sports partnership as we know that they will put the vouchers to good use, helping local children to be active and encouraging them to take part in a variety of sports.”

 

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “A number of fantastic community groups took part in the Beat the Street game, pounding the pavement to clock up points for their organisation. It is great news to hear that Rushden Walking for Health have so selflessly donated their prize to benefit local pupils. I hope that the children are able to enjoy many hours of physical activity thanks to the new equipment that will be purchased with the voucher.”

 

Northamptonshire Patients to Benefit from £9m Cash Injection

Northamptonshire patients to benefit from £9m cash injection into healthcare innovation.

People in Northamptonshire are set to benefit from a £9million cash injection aimed at improving residents’ health and well-bring by speeding up the adoption of cutting-edge healthcare research and innovation.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) funding will enable more vital work to take place to tackle the region’s health and care priorities, putting in place more evidenced-based frameworks to drive up standards of care and save both time and money.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti

Professor Kamlesh Khunti

As a result of the funding boost, NIHR CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) East Midlands will continue until at least 2024.

The organisation is a partnership of health and social care universities, industry, the voluntary sector and patients which sets out to improve patient outcomes by turning research into cost-saving and high-quality care through cutting-edge innovation.

With bases at the University of Nottingham and University of Leicester, it will continue under the new name of NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) East Midlands from October 1 and will also have a remit to lead nationally on research into black and minority ethnic communities and multi-morbidity thanks to its expertise in these areas.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of the NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and Professor of Primary Care, Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “Receiving this funding means we can continue to lead world class, applied health research and build on the successes we have already achieved in speeding up the adoption of research and innovation into frontline health and care.

“We will share our knowledge nationally and collaborate with colleagues as we all collectively work towards improving the lives of people through research.”

ARC East Midlands will be hosted by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and work in collaboration with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.

Mark Howells is Head of Research and Evidence at Nottinghamshire Healthcare. He said: “The research and innovation facilitated by this collaboration is making a real difference to patients with a wide variety of physical and mental health problems.

“The more we can innovate the more we can implement brand new treatments and strategies, which really improve lives.”

Work carried out by NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands includes helping to prevent type 2 diabetes by embedding an education programme designed to help people avoid the condition.

In April last year, the organisation also continued to support the rollout of a risk score for type 2 diabetes in South Asian languages with the release of a Punjabi version following Gujarati and Bangladeshi versions.

Other successes include implementing and assessing an online tool that assists diagnosing children with ADHD, lowering NHS costs by 22 per cent and cutting delays to diagnosis by 145 days.

The funding is part of a £135 million commitment to drive improvements to healthcare by helping to embed the learning from research into the frontline of healthcare sooner.