Transforming your business through innovation

Transforming your business through innovation

We are bringing together managing directors, CEO’s, finance directors, and engineering directors of fast-growing businesses within the manufacturing sector to share insights and discuss the opportunities to maximise the growth potential through innovation.

We would like to invite you and your wider management team to join us and hear from key leaders from Williams Advanced Engineering, Advanced Propulsion Centre and Grainger & Worrall on how to turbocharge your growth through innovation, focusing on:

  • What cultural conditions are required to boost innovation
  • What government supports are available to uplift your budget for innovation
  • First-hand examples of how companies within the sector have accelerated growth through innovative methods

In addition, there will be a brief update from Grant Thornton’s technical experts on hot topics that management teams in the sector need to know.


  • Paul McNamara, Technical Director, Williams Advanced Engineering
  • Edward Grainger, Director, Grainger & Worrall
  • Ian Constance, CEO, Advance Propulsion Centre
  • Oliver Bridge, Director, Consulting, Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • David Bovis, Associate Director, Business Consulting, Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Steve Burgen, Director, Tax, Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Leila Jeffers, Innovation Manager, Grant Thornton UK LLP


  • 8:00am ‪- Breakfast and networking‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • 8:30am ‪- Welcome‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • 8:35am ‪- Advance Propulsion Centre, Ian Constance, CEO: “How government supports innovation within the manufacturing and automotive sector”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • 8:55am – ‪Grant Thornton, Oliver W Bridge & David Bovis: “How the change of culture can boost innovation”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • 9:15am – ‪Grant Thornton, Steve Burgen & Leila Jeffers: “Impact of R&D Tax, Patent box and Grant Funding”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • 9:35am – ‪Panel discussion with Paul McNamara of Williams Advanced Engineering and Edward Grainger of Grainger & Worrall ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • 10:15am – Refreshments and networking‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • 10:30am – Finish


Oct 10 2019


8:00 am - 10:30 am

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Day 4: Thursday


Grant Thornton UK LLP
The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham B4 6AT
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