University signs collaboration agreement with LATi

Nottingham Trent University has joined forces with the Loughborough-based technology and innovation group LATi. By working together, they hope to further develop mutually beneficial partnerships with local companies.

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Nottingham Trent University has joined forces with the Loughborough-based technology and innovation group LATi.

LATi is a membership organisation that provides networking and support for those involved in science, technology and engineering in the East Midlands region. They facilitate information exchange and encourage cross–industry collaboration.

NTU research attracts international acclaim and works with a range of science and technology organisations, offering services such as consultancy, bespoke courses and staff development.

The partnership agreement is designed to encourage collaboration between LATi members and NTU staff, students and business partners. By working together, they hope to further develop mutually beneficial partnerships with local companies, with the ultimate aim of supporting and growing the local economy.

John Duncan, Chairman of LATi, said: "We're really excited in linking up with NTU to help them deliver their focussed services to small companies in both Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. NTU has many excellent schemes for high tech SMEs, which form the backbone of LATI's membership. Between us we can achieve greater dissemination to industry and grow LATi's membership at the same time."

NTU Project Manager Pat Needham said: "This collaboration provides a fantastic opportunity for us to bring our expertise in science, technology, product design and business to the attention of this community and apply our resources to help them innovate and grow their businesses."

One of the ways NTU and LATi will work together is to join forces to deliver events on a range of science and technology business-related topics.

In March, NTU joined LATi's Chemistry Showcase. The keynote speakers were David Lathbury, formerly of Astra Zeneca, and Gerry Thomas of Sygnature Discovery. They shared their experiences and provided useful insights on collaboration with big pharmaceutical companies locally and internationally.

Gwent Paylor, Business Manager at NTU, attended the Chemistry Showcase. He said: "It was a well organised event and a tremendous opportunity to meet with local companies and hear about their needs and ambitions. It provided an opportunity to discuss how we can work with them for mutual benefit, particularly in terms of research and innovation."

The next event is the LATi 2015 Energy Showcase on Thursday 16 April 2015.

This is aimed at communities and groups that are looking at renewable and green energy sources to provide energy for their local communities, as well as companies that work in energy and sustainable energy.

University signs collaboration agreement with LATi

Published on 25 March 2015
  • Category: Business; School of Science and Technology

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