Nottingham Partners lunch highlights how business is using collaboration and innovation to get ahead

Over 130 guests from leading city businesses attended the latest Nottingham Partners lunch.

The opening speaker; John Read, Associate Director at Arup who sponsored the lunch, focused on Arup’s significant contribution to the built environment in Nottingham including the University of Nottingham Campus and the regeneration of Market Square and their commitment to utilising the local talent pool to ensure they continually innovate.

John Read said: “While business uncertainty leads to challenge, it can also present new opportunities and we need to embrace these as they arise. Key to Nottingham is our interconnectedness and the pool of talented people. We should listen to the amazing ideas of young people on how we might shape their city of the future”

Professor Edward Peck, Vice Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University said “Speaking to Nottingham Partners was an excellent opportunity to explore the importance of Nottingham Trent University to the local economy and to share the ways in which collaboration with businesses help them to thrive.”.

Trishna Daswaney, Director of KohlKreatives and a young entrepreneur who hatched her innovative idea at the Ingenuity Lab at University of Nottingham. Her cosmetic products that cater for the needs of specialists audiences are now stocked by retail giant Boots PLC after a local connection.

Trish Daswaney said: “Nottingham was the launch pad that set me on this rollercoaster journey, without that supportive environment, KohlKreatives wouldn’t have been born.”

Ian Curryer, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council shared the latest on the Nottingham and Derby metro strategy detailing innovation as the heart of plans to drive future economic growth.

Ian Curryer stated: “In these challenging economic times, we are actively collaborating with partners through the Derby/Nottingham Metro strategy to encourage innovation and drive prosperity, ensuring that the region can represent itself to Government and attract more funding and investment so we can thrive in the future global economy.”

Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Marketing NG said: “Nottingham Partners continues to inform the business community about major initiatives and opportunities, giving those business leaders the ability to shape the future of Nottingham at this pivotal time.

“Our events set out to update attendees on major developments, inspire them with the sharing of best practice and offer invaluable insight into other sectors within the business network.”