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Business Links Networking Event

Tue 19th January 2016

Event details

The Careers and Employability Service hosts an annual SME networking event and this year it will be held at the University’s state-of-the-art Science Park, starting at 5:30pm in the Innovation Centre at 2 Venture Road. The event brings together an extensive network of key decision makers, social entrepreneurs and leaders from small and medium-size enterprises. ‘Developing your local network’ will provide an opportunity to connect with University staff and other local businesses whilst giving insight into potential development and collaboration. Presenters will consider: LEP investments and economic priorities, Best environment for growing business, Local development and enterprise, Funding opportunities and the skills agenda and University collaboration. If you are interested in attending this fully funded event, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/careers/employers/sme-event.page or email employ@soton.ac.uk for further information.

Speaker information

Chris Allington, Managing Director, Oxford Innovation and Solent LEP Director, With a background in chartered engineering and purchasing management, Chris managed a number of restructuring projects with IBM, one of which addressed a surplus property issue. In 2006, Chris founded Fasset, and in March 2010 Chris was appointed Managing Director of Oxford Innovation. Under Chris’s leadership, Oxford Innovation’s portfolio has increased from 14 to 20 centres and delivers a unique offering to property owners and over 900 occupier companies. Chris has a personal passion for economic development. He is a board director of the Solent LEP and is deputy chair of its Employment and Skills Board.

Robert Whitehouse, Business Development Director at TEKEVER Ltd, Robert joined the TEKEVER Group as Business Development Director in September 2013, helping to establish the TEKEVER UK office in Chilworth, Southampton. This is a centre of excellence for Autonomy and Payload Exploitation within the TEKEVER group. Robert has a degree in Engineering Physics from Loughborough University.