IKT Glasgow Networking Event – Internationalisation of Knowledge Transfer

The Institute of Knowledge Transfer (IKT) Regional Networking Event ‘Internationalisation of Knowledge Transfer’ is being hosted by Mark Anderson, Glasgow Caledonian University’s Head of European Programmes.

Taking place at Glasgow’s Corinthian Club at 6pm on the 5th May 2011, the event will include a talk from Isabell Majewsky from Go Group and a chance to network over refreshments and a buffet.

GCU has several EU projects underway in sectors including engineering, sustainability and innovation, and can help businesses network within the European community and access EU funding.kickstart 2

The Go Group is one of Scotland’s leading business support organisations, focusing on how to start-up and grow companies by encouraging innovation and developing people and skills.

To register for this free Glasgow networking event, click on  http://iktglasgownetworking.eventbrite.com

ClydeUnion’s Jim McColl speaks to Insider magazine

In an interview with Business Insider magazine, ClydeUnion Pumps boss Jim McColl reveals his thinking and what has helped to make him a global success.

ClydeUnion Academy Launch

ClydeUnion Academy Launch

He also talks about the ClydeUnion Academy, a training partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University, and his influences which have led him to create a group which has a portfolio of some 83 companies in 27 different countries turning over £1.5bn and employing more than 6000 people.

Click here for the full article.

Support for Social Enterprise in Scotland

Kenny MacAskill, Justice Secretary and SNP parliamentary candidate for Edinburgh Eastern, pledged his support for social enterprises in Scotland at the opening of the annual Social Enterprise Fair, S2S.

The SNP candidate signed up to the new Social Enterprise Charter, showing his support for the continued growth of this vibrant sector in Scottish society.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has developed the only MSc in Social Enterprise in Scotland, run in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy. Find out more about the PgC and MSc Social Enterprise programmes.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “Scotland’s social enterprises make a huge contribution to our society and our economy. It has been a privilege to see the growing success of Scotland’s social enterprises in recent years. That good work must continue and I am pleased to support the Social Enterprise Charter. More

Scottish universities top UK spin-outs survey

Scottish universities have produced more spin-out companies over the past decade than any other part of the UK, a survey has suggested.

New internet database Spinouts UK said Scottish institutions had created 172 firms, followed by London (115) and the south east (85).

GCU spin outs include Biopta.  More on the BBC

Moffat Centre Visitor Attraction Monitor 2010

The Moffat Centre’s influential survey of Scotland’s tourist industry has revealed that more than 43 million people visited Scotland’s attractions last year.

Visits were down just 0.3% from 2009, with heavy snow fall and the continuing popularity of the staycation helping keep the country’s attractions busy.

The Moffat Centre Visitor Attraction Monitor 2010, which heard from more than 600 tourist sites, reports that Glenshee Ski Centre attracted 171% more skiers (125,831, up from 46,355 in 2009), while the Nevis Range hosted 16% more, and the Cairngorm Mountain Railway attracted 15% more passengers than in 2009).

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GCU’s energy efficient house now on display

A partnership between GCU, Applegreen Homes and Spacesix Architects has created the affordable, energy efficient house of the future.

The new house will feature a solar-energy package that will help to reduce electricity and heating bills, aiming to eradicate fuel poverty. Prices start at only £49,999 for a three-bedroom home. The unique Applegreen Homes concept was designed by Glasgow firm Spacesix Architects with assistance from GCU, who researched and developed all aspects of the build, ensuring it is highly energy efficient yet affordable.

The showhouse is now on display in the prestigious BRE Innovation Park, based at the former Ravenscraig steelworks site in Motherwell.

For more information, contact Audrey Meikle, School of the Built and Natural Environment, on 0141 331 8458

Howden grows through acquisition

Howden has agreed to acquire Thomassen Compression Systems BV to open up a much wider market for the company in the oil & gas and petrochemical industries. Howden said this acquisition represents a real boost for the Renfrew-headquartered multinational as it builds its compressor businesses worldwide and moves into new markets.

Bob Cleland, Chief Executive of Howden said “I am absolutely delighted with this acquisition which adds a major range of complementary products to our compressor portfolio. It increases our activities in the refining and petrochemical sectors, which have been underweight compared to our core market of power generation. It is part of our strategy to widen our range of products used in performance critical applications in key global infrastructure industries. This acquisition reinforces Howden’s position as a significant part of Scottish engineering, a sector which continues to play a leading role in the country’s economy”.

Howden and Glasgow Caledonian University have worked in partnership to develop Howden Academy, which was launched in July 2008. The Academy combines Howden’s specialist engineering skills and experience with the teaching expertise and worldclass learning facilities of Glasgow Caledonian University. Howden Academy helps the company to attract and retain the very best engineers. It provides new personnel with the fastest possible route to full productivity and allows them to quickly start making a genuine contribution to the company’s activities.

For more information on business training academies, please contact the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189 or email appliedknowledgeexchange@gcu.ac.uk

Funding for Social Enterprises in Healthcare Announced

£10 million additional funding is being given to the Social Enterprise Investment Fund in order to allow social enterprises to provide health services.

The announcement was made by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at this year’s Social Enterprise Coalition conference Voice 11.

Lansley said social enterprises deliver a ‘can do’ attitude, which would be a welcome addition to NHS services by offering choice and best quality healthcare.

Lansley said allowing ‘any qualified provider’ to offer health services would end the bureaucratic tendering processes for healthcare.

voice11Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange was at Voice 11 to hear the announcments and to highlight GCU’s new MSc in Social Enterprise.

The MSc programme is run in partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy and has been developed from the PgC programme – the only postgraduate degree in Scotland designed specifically for the social enterprise sector.

For more information, check out http://www.gcu.ac.uk/business/socialinnovation/ or call the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.