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Keep yourself up to date on what's happening in the environmental sector.  Find out how your business can benefit or provide its services.  The next event is being hosted by Walker Morris Solicitors on Tuesday 16th April 2013.  There is 1.5 CPD available.

The ecoConnect forums. Where green industry comes to do business.

Enabling effective partnerships, collaborations and connections to innovation,investment and procurement. ecoConnect forums are held throughout thecountry, providing regional thought leadership on theUK's Green Economyand networking opportunities with movers and shakers in the area.

DATE: 16 April 2013

VENUE: Walker Morris Solicitors, 12 King Street, Leeds



 Our April Event: Accelerating Green Innovation Success.

Cleantech continues to be a growth sector across the UK in a time of recession: currently worth over £120bn with estimated growth rates of 5% pa. According to research by Green Alliance (‘Nurturing UK Cleantech Enterprise‘), successful innovation could save Britain up to £160 billion in energy supply costs to 2050 and generate UK-based business activity contributing up to £89 billion to GDP over the same period.’

However, while the green economy has developed into a key platform forUKgrowth, policy uncertainty and mixed messages from ministers are undermining its success. Green Industry Innovation is an area on which we can build upon.Britaincan and should be a major power in this field. Unfortunately, a great majority of cutting-edge innovations struggle to get seen, accepted and commercialised and there is too often a lack of knowledge-sharing across the sector. Both the approach and the response to innovation needs coordinated support.

This event will bring together innovators, investors, policy makers and sector experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing early-stage cleantech companies and the support needed to quicken their path to market.


  • Entrepreneurs & Innovators: To find investors, support, companies seeking solutions.
  • Corporations & CSR Executives: To meet technology providers, find partners.
  • Institutional, Private Equity, VC and Angel Investors: Evaluating new investment trends.
  • Public Officials/Political Leaders: Engaging with key policy-affecting issues.
  • Local Authorities: Connecting to green industry business.
  • Law, accountancy, project management firms: Finding future cleantech clients.
  • NGOs & Environmental Trade Associations: Adding their voice to the dialogue.
  • Specialist Media: To hear the issues and stories shaping this exciting industry.


Note: through our supporter, St Pauls Chambers, delegates can claim 1.5 CPD points for attending this Forum.

Moderated by Jeremy Barnett, Specialist Barrister on Carbon Law and Renewable Energy at St Pauls Chambers. 

Our Panellists include:

Mike Dunn, Iona Capital (Investor)
Sam Cockerill, CEO Libertine FPE (technology start-up)
Dr Tim Foxon, Sustainability Research Institute, and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds
Simon Pringle, Head of Sustainability and Cleantech at BDO LLP




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