OpenGreen Innovation Workshop to be held in Brighton on June 27th – free to SMEs and social enterprises to help them identify and market new income generating opportunities for low carbon and resource efficient products, technologies and services

May 30th 2011. The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD] has announced an  Open Green Innovation Workshop to be held at The Lighthouse, Brighton, (9.00am – 5.00pm) on June 27th. It’s free to SMEs and social enterprises in the South East and is designed by CfSD to help them identify [and market] new income generating opportunities for products, technologies and services that have lower environmental impacts.

The workshop will utilise the GreenThink process that has been developed by Martin Charter, Director of Farnham (Surrey)-based CfSD.  GreenThink workshops are customised around SME needs and are designed to identify new business opportunities for low carbon and resource efficient products, technologies and services.

Martin, who has more than 20 years of green innovation experience through working  with both large and small companies in Europe, Asia and North America, will lead this workshop and answer questions.

Martin can be seen here talking about the OpenGreen concept

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiRE_UC-5iM

The workshop will include a presentation about sustainable innovation and design and look at identification of income generating opportunities, obstacles to  market success, a focus on specific opportunities, how to develop commercialisation plans, marketing and selling products and provides speed networking opportunities.

“The greening of the UK economy – now given a boost by active government encouragement – is creating hard, commercial opportunities for low carbon, resource efficient products, technologies and services across the industrial spectrum,” says Martin Charter.

“At the local level, the greening of Brighton and Hove through Green Party election victories and green businesses mean that Brighton and the surrounding area will continue to attract businesses and entrepreneurs and other like-minded people, who will drive the local green economy and strengthen it as a key green business hub in the South East.

“The OpenGreen Innovation Workshop provides timely advice from experienced experts on how to maximise opportunities.”

OpenGreen is free to companies or social enterprises that employ fewer than 250 employees that are based in West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Berkshire. A free lunch will be provided and the workshop registration form can be downloaded from:
http://www.cfsd.org.uk/sids/suscin-events/opengreen-booking-form-01.doc – or for registration contact Ros Carruthers on 01252-892772 or email rcarruthers.t1@ucreative.ac.uk

What companies say about OpenGreen workshops

“OpenGreen was a great day to meet like minded individuals and develop understanding and knowledge in the Green Design and Innovation sector” – Partner, Ecotomy http://www.ecotomy.com

“Thought provoking. Exposed me to a number of experts in their field and the way the day was organised helped me interact with them” – Director, Carey Ambrose Ltd. http://www.careyambrose.co.uk

Map & Directions: http://www.lighthouse.org.uk/about/contact.htm

More information on The Centre for Sustainable Design
http://www.cfsd.org.uk

The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) was established in 1995 at University for the Creative Arts http://www.ucreative.ac.uk The Centre provides a range of services focused on “product sustainability” and “sustainable innovation” issues: research; training; consultancy; and events. CfSD organises the “Sustainable Innovation” series of international conferences, now in its 16th year – see http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd16

OpenGreen workshops are funded by South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the South East ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013, via the SUSCIN (Sustainable Supply Chains Through Innovation) project http://www.suscin.org.uk

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Media contacts: for further information please contact:
Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts T: 01252-892772 E: mcharter@ucreative.ac.uk

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
T: 01403 711177 E: paul@western-pr.com

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