Christmas Networking opportunity for Businesses

Event Date: 8/12/2017 - 8/12/2017


Christmas Networking opportunity for Businesses

Innov8 is set to relaunch on 8th December 2017 with coffee and Christmas fare at the Bridge Innovation Centre,  Pembroke Dock. The free networking event is open to any businesses and is an ideal event to make new contacts and to celebrate Christmas with existing ones.   


This month's breakfast event is sponsored by the new £2.9 million European project, BUCANIER, which aims to foster innovation and encourage sharing of ideas and best practice in the Food and Drink, Renewables and Life Sciences sectors.  The event  begins at 8.00am and as well as an opportunity for informal networking over coffee and mince pies, this month we are pleased to welcome four speakers and an optional  tour of  the facilities that FAB Lab Pembrokeshire can offer to businesses and individuals.


We look forward to seeing you and sharing in your news and developments.



BUCANIER (Building Clusters and Networks in Innovation Research and Enterprise) sees Pembrokeshire County Council join forces with partners from Wales and Ireland to deliver innovation master classes , business mentoring and networking opportunities to the  Food and Drink, Renewables and Life Sciences sectors.  The project aims to assist in bringing new products and service ideas to market through investment in design, development and testing. Peter Lord, BUCANIER Project officer will be on hand to answer any questions you may have on the new project which officially launches in January 2018.


Arwyn Davies of the Helix Programme

 At a time when Brexit is generating uncertainty in the economy, the Welsh Food Industry can take advantage of the much needed funding available to help their businesses grow in the marketplace. Arwyn , Business Development Manager for Food Centre Wales will talk about how food and drink producers can benefit from the support offered by the HELIX project.   Helix, which is funded by the European Union,  aims to boost the Welsh food and drink sector with the creation of 370 jobs over five years in west Wales and the valleys areas. The project looks at research into global food trends and new ways of reducing waste. By doing so, the government's target is to increase the turnover of food producers in Wales by 30% by 2020.  


Indycube Community - The trade union for the self employed
The trade union, Community, and Indycube, a co-working social enterprise which provides low cost desk space to self-employed workers, recently launched a new partnership to provide services, representation, and a collective voice, for all self-employed workers across the UK.

In hundreds of years of trade union history, the new partnership is the first of its kind, and will offer bespoke services to all 5 million of the UK's self-employed workers. The new platform, branded as ‘Indycube Community', offers all the best parts of Community's traditional trade union support such as expert legal advice and representation, but with additional specialist support on matters such as contract disputes, copyright law, intellectual property, and shareholder agreements as well as a comprehensive invoice factoring service, to end the scourge of late payments and cash flow crises.


The Danny Fellows Trust

A speaker for The Danny Fellows Trust Loan fund will be explaining how to access funding to help enlarge the pool of appropriately skilled labour available to businesses in the Energy, Engineering and Construction sectors. Loans are provided to individuals living in Pembrokeshire who wish to gain additional skills and industry recognised qualifications that fall outside established funding mechanisms. A panel of local business people from relevant companies administer the loans which are paid direct to the course provider.

South Wales Chamber of Commerce

Anthony Kirkbride is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Relationship Management team and will be offering an insight into how the Chamber can help your business.

Whether it is growth through new customers here or overseas, cost reductions through new suppliers, raising finance, specialist advice, assistance with export documentation, protecting the business, training or increasing your business profile, the team is available to help.


Fab Lab Pembrokeshire

FabLab Pembrokeshire is a large well-equipped Maker Space providing modern tools for use by anyone - of any age - for hobby, education, established business and start-ups.

FabLab Pembrokeshire is an informal, non-profit organisation with charitable status and membership is free. Everyone is welcome - whether beginner or expert. Free hands-on training in the use of the tools and computers is provided, the only limit is your imagination!


Businesses are welcome to bring pop up stands if they would like.  To book your place at this free event please visit:

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