‘Doing More with Less’

Posted: Wednesday 28th September 2011

Tony Wray (Chief Executive, Severn Trent Water) will host this year’s Midlands Innovations Showcase which will see new innovative processes, ideas and technologies for the water and / or environmental sector showcased at the Severn Trent Centre in Coventry on 7 December.

The event will include an exhibition where suppliers, research companies, academia, industry, business, contractors, consultancies and individuals are invited to showcase innovations which will have a positive impact on delivering more for less within the industry, through technology, process improvements or other means. Following the exhibition, short presentations will be made to pitch selected innovations to the wide audience of water and environmental professionals from a range of backgrounds.

The audience will vote on the best innovation in three categories:

- Customer Innovation

- Value Innovation

- Overall Innovation

The winners will be considered for the Institute of Water National Innovation Award which will be presented at a prestigious ceremony in London next May.

Speaking about the event, Lynn Cooper, Chief Executive said:

‘Innovation is key to the future of the industry. Professor Martin Cave’s Report identified that through extending competition and supporting innovation the industry could look to meet the challenges that climate change and population represent and deliver real benefits for customers and the environment through lower prices, more choice, higher service levels and the better use of water.

The Institute of Water believes it has a key role to play in supporting and promoting Innovation in the sector and this is one of a series of events and Awards that we are hosting to do just that.”

This event is being run in partnership with the CIWEM West Midlands Branch. Anybody interested in taking part should email westmids@ciwem.org by 14 October outlining what they would present and/or exhibit and why it should be included. The organising committee will select a range of innovative ideas from these to showcase. There will be a small charge for exhibitors to help cover the cost of the event.

The Institute of Water is the only professional body concerned solely with the water industry. It aims to provide opportunities to help members increase their knowledge about those topics that are crucial to the future success of the industry.

For more information about the Institute of Water visit www.instituteofwater.org.uk.

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