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LEPs & SMEs

If the adoption of 5G technologies by UK industry is to be accelerated, then a key of focus has to be uptake from small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). These businesses make up approximately 99% of all businesses, and 52% of UK business turnover.

UK5G has established a new Working Group which will work to engage SMEs in conjunction with Local Enterprise Partners (LEPs) in England and equivalent bodies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Working Group will advise on the development a viable and achievable plan for encouraging SME and other business adoption of 5G technologies. This advice may take the form of strategic thinking integrated with LEP’s own economic strategies which may contribute towards a stand-alone, UK-wide policy report in the future.

The application process for this Working Group has closed and participants will be announced shortly.

Working group champions

  • Keith Robson
    Executive Secretary
    The ERA Foundation

    Chair of the UK5G LEPs & SMEs Working Group

  • Peter Marshall
    Portfolio Markering Manager
    Ericsson

    Deputy Chair of the UK5G LEPs & SMEs Working Group

  • Adrian Braine
    CEO & Founder
    Candescence Ltd

    Adrian is Entrepreneur in Residence for SETsquared and the 5G Test-bed in Basingstoke. He is also CEO and founder of Candescence a company providing innovation, entrepreneurship and go to market expertise that creates outstanding commercial impact. In a career spanning 40 years he has been Director of Marketing for the global Connectivity business at Oxford Semiconductor and Director of Engineering at Metawave Video Systems. A business innovation leader and product and go to market expert, he has been the driving force behind more than 20 multi-million dollar products in the electronics, software and semiconductor industries. He brings a wealth of experience in hi-tech markets, combining more than 15 years of marketing and business management with over 20 years of technical leadership

  • Alan Welby
    Director of Innovation
    North East Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Andrew Lambert
    CEO
    Electronic Media Services

    I am the founder and CEO of Electronic Media Services, an innovative SME that specialises in providing last mile communications using FWA, Cellular and Fibre. EMS manufactures and markets the award winning i-MO® (Intelligent-Mobile Office) SD-WAN router appliance and associated Optibond® Software Defined Networking (SDN) management software. We undertake product development (software and hardware) and manufacturing in China. We have SI partners in Europe, Africa and Asia.

    I am a Non-Executive Director of The China Britain Business Council (CBBC) where I represent the interests of SMEs. The CBBC is the UK Government’s (DIT & FCO) primary partner for providing business support services to companies exporting to China and also Chinese companies investing in the UK.

    I am a SME board member of The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The EM3 LEP is the fourth largest economic region in England outside London and manages over £250M of Local Growth Funds. I am chair of the Enterprise and Innovation Action Group which focuses on developing the SME technology clusters in the region. I also chair the Space Cluster Steering Group that is developing a local initiative that aligns with the Government’s Industrial Strategy to strengthen the UK’s global leadership in the space sector (EO and 5G). I have also chaired a Task and Finish workgroup on Internationalisation.

    I am chair of the Institute of Directors (IoD) London International Trade Special Interest Group, I co-chair (with Huawei) the techUK UK-China Forum and I also co-chair (with WIPRO) a techUK UK-India Trade Working Group.

  • Becki Clark
    5G Action Learning Network Lead
    Future Cities Catapult

    She has over 10 years’ hands on experience in consulting, ranging from managing and delivering change programs in client organisations focused on improving business efficiency, delivering sustainability targets, positively influencing urban metabolism elements and engaging with planning smart energy. She is responsible for project and budget management including end to end relationship management. She has also acted on client’s behalf in official hearings, public consultations, meetings with regulators and report writing. Described as a ‘doer’, Becki strives to deliver work that is meaningful and has a significant impact.

  • Bill Hicks
    Head of Infrastructure
    Thames Valley Berkshire LEP
  • Brendan Crossey
    CEO
    Healthcare Analytics Limited

    Over the last 25 years, the CEO of Healthcare Analytics, Brendan Crossey has gained extensive knowledge of deliver innovative technology solutions into the manufacturing, healthcare and energy sectors.

    Brendan has spent the last 5 years establishing several start-up businesses and has spent time working with Investors and Innovation Labs in Ireland, UK and the US.

    Previously Brendan spent 9 years building and developing EMC’s presence in Northern Ireland with a strong focus on service transformation using Data Analytics, He also spent 7 years with Sun Microsystems and 8 years with Fujitsu Services.

    Brendan was involved in several projects working with the government, universities and other commercial organisations to increase the awareness and use of Data Analytics technologies to transform the Energy, Health and Manufacturing sectors.

    Brendan was a member of the Northern Ireland Matrix panel which advised the government on its policy to support the growing Digital Economy over the next 7 years.

    Brendan founded Healthcare Analytics in September 2016 who have developed a partnership with the Northern Ireland Health Service to build an innovative, scalable and secure platform using advanced Machine Learning (ML) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for the management of Healthcare Assets including Beds, Instruments, patients and staff.

  • Carmen Ayo
    Director, Emerging Technology Practice
    CGI
  • Chris Taylor
    Rural Broadband Project Manager
    Shropshire County Council

    Background - Local Government Finance/Computer Audit/ICT Programme Management/Contract Management

     

  • Claire Caminade
    5G Product Lead
    Digital Catapult
  • Colin McLaughlin
    Technology Transfer Manager
    Lancaster University
  • David Happy
    MD
    Telint Ltd
  • David Warrender
    CEO
    Innovation Point
  • Gary Thompson
    Director of Development
    Staffordshire University

    Gary Thompson is Director of Development at Staffordshire University, with a strong background in Full Fibre Networks and 5G. He has a strong commercial and technical background spanning 25 years covering a range of Multi-Million Innovation, Digital and Economic Development programmes. 

    Recently working for Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the 5G Innovation Centre from the University of Surrey and other partners, he created a vision and strategy for a 5G Region.

    With Sir Terry Matthews and Simon Gibson of Wesley Clover created the original business case for "The Internet Coast" for the Swansea Bay City Region £1.3bn City Deal. He has worked as Chief Investment Officer for Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and developed an International Internet Gateway and Multi-Terabit Fibre Spine plan for the Cardiff Capital Region.

    His early career with Marconi ignited his passion for communications systems and the way they connect people, places and their future prosperity to make the best of every available economic opportunity. 

    He is excited about the transformative affect communicating using Full Fibre Networks and 5G will have on the development of new economies in Future Energy Systems, Health and Precision Medicine, Autonomous Vehicles and Advanced Manufacturing.

  • Graham Malley
    Principal Director
    Accenture
  • Jon Egley
    D2N2 Digital Delivery Manager
    East Midlands Chamber

    An extensive background in manufacturing engineering that has encompassed a broad range of digital technology solutions and innovation.  A business growth specialist, supporting businesses to achieve aims and objectives through the introduction and implementation of appropriate digital technologies.  

    A Prince2 practitioner, with extensive experience of project management, supporting teams of digital consultants, events and engagement officers and contract and audit managers. 

    Responsible for the development and delivery of a range of digital themed events, including conferences, workshops, training courses and awareness-raising seminars. I represent the D2N2 Growth Hub at a regional and national level in areas of digital transformation and sit on the UK5G LEPs & SMEs working group.

    I have developed solid systems analysis and design practices and provide digital consultancy services underpinned by ILM level 5 in leadership and management, SFEDI / ILM Level 5 Diploma in Business Support and 30 years of practical experience.

    Current activities included the planning and delivery of a range of Digital business support programmes, delivered across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire.

    I compliment the existing business support services provided by other Business support-based organisations and Local Authorities across the East Midlands, including Universities, Department for International Trade (DIT), Princes Trust and Destination Management Partnerships.  I pride myself on delivering a completely impartial and independent digital support service, I work with Business “start-ups” through to multi-national organisations.

  • Jonathan Davies
    Co-Founder
    WiredCumbria

    My involvement in the Digital sector was ignited at a child when i got hold of my first computer back in the mid 80's and created my first few lines of code that then evolved to link a few wires and bulbs to interact with the real world. At the time although i did not realise it i had probably created a computer controled home automation system on a Dragon 32 computer. From those few lines of code a career spanning over 2 decades in the sector has evolved.

    I have become known as "A friendly trouble maker with a mission to Challenge everything because Disruption is good life is boring if you let others tell you how it should be done." In a number of areas from Digital & Tech to Politics

    I am committed to collaboration and innovation through advancement in Digital & Tech to help better the world. I have a strong belief that through technology we can bring the world together and solve many of the big issues around the world.

    Key to this is advancing connectivity to enable everyone to have high speed always on connectivity.

    I do believe that the best way to make advancement and take great steps forward to evolve is by smashing apart and building better than before.

    Alongside my own business developing software and apps along with IoT, AR, VR and other tech development projects for clients both here in the UK and international. I am co-founder of Wired Cumbria who have worked on various projects aimed at supporting the development of a digital, creative and tech sector in Cumbria. We are supporting the growth of IoT through our Things Cumbria project and promoting digital maturity and the potential to exploit for growth new developments in digital and technolight by Business & communities through our Cumbria Digital project.

  • Karen Cham
    Professorial Lead Connected Futures
    University of Brighton
  • Kieran Arnold
    Director of Ubiquitous Connectivity & General Manager Westcott BIC
    Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Lesley Holt
    Stakeholder Lead
    WM5G
  • Lucy Cross
    Business Development Manager
    Black Country Growth Hub

    My role is an integral part of a team delivering account management to businesses contacting the growth hub, offering a individual signposting service into relevant services across the region to help drive business growth.

    I work closely with the Growth Hub’s partners to provide up to date information around business need, supporting local strategies to encourage inward investment and scale up of Black Country SME’s as a core focus.

    I bring with me to role 9 years’ experience supporting start-up businesses, seeing the challenges faced for new businesses to grow and be successful it is important to me we ensure the correct support and programmes are easily accessible as that business grows and develops, supporting the wider economy in the Black Country and making us the first choice for relocation.

  • Peter Curnow-Ford
    Partner
    Viatec Associates
    Peter is the Founder and Managing Partner at Viatec Associates and its global business. With 30+ years’ experience in global telecoms and IT, Peter founded Viatec Associates in 2002 to assist organisations with decision making in the cellular, satellite, and wireless landscape. This includes device and hand-set management, thought leadership, 4G and 5G, spectrum use and acquisition, tower (cell site) development and funding, public safety, transport connectivity, and cellular backhaul including small-cell strategies and mmWave. Viatec has supported many Investment Banks, Private Equity, and Hedge Funds on infrastructure investment.
     
    5G largely figures in what Peter does - commercial strategy, value proposition, investment, spectrum acquisition, Deep Fibre and infrastructure all require 5G Technology. He is currently deeply engaged with UK Govt DCMS and their 5G Testbed & Trials competitions and with several Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) assisting them and their local authorities on 5G funding and the rollout of 5G Private Networks.
     
    Peter is a member of the techUK Communication Infrastructure Council and Board Advisor to the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (where he was Chair of Spectrum Access and Use for 5 years). He is a regular conference speaker and has chaired several panel sessions at TMT Finance M&A, 5G World, Small Cell World Summit and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation. He has also held Non-Exec roles in Plasma Antennas, Eisar, Bluenowhere, Safetipay, etc, and is currently Board Advisor to Dahl Mobile Technology AB, ProtectMe, NextPath, and Snr 5G Advisor to 5G-Courses.com.
     
  • Phil Jones
    MD
    WiredSussex

    Phil is Managing Director of Brighton-based, independent membership organisation Wired Sussex and is founder of the FuseBox innovation hub. He also serves on the boards of Coast to Capital LEP, Brighton Digital Exchange and Brighton Digital Festival.

    Phil has extensive experience of supporting research-driven innovation and strategy agendas. He was the industry lead on the original Brighton Fuse research and advised on the aligned Fuse projects in the South West and North East.

    Prior to Wired Sussex, Phil was worldwide managing director of the Extreme portfolio of media businesses.  Phil has also served on the board of MTV, started Atomic Media in partnership with Bob Geldof and worked in a strategy position for News Corporation.  

    He is an alumnus of the University of Sussex and, in 2015, was awarded an honorary Master of Letters from the University of Brighton for his contribution to the technology sector    

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