Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Lord Stafford Awards for collaboration

Thanks to Interiors & Lifestyle Futures' member Katy Helps of  Love Me Interiors for spotting this useful celebration of the collaboration principle.  This focuses on collaborations between companies and Midlands- based universities  - with an attractive £5,000 prize to boot!

Lord Stafford Awards - 2012 Round Open to Entries (Midlands)

The Lord Stafford Awards are now open to applications for the 2012 round, with a prize of £5,000 available for the winners.
The Awards recognise and encourage the development of collaborative relationships between businesses and universities, highlighting the value and importance of such partnerships. The objective is to generate increased competitiveness, knowledge, support, growth and economic prosperity.
Universities across the Midlands can compete in the following four categories:
1.     Innovation in Development.
2.     Innovation Achieved.
3.     Innovation for Environmental Sustainability.
4.     Open Collaboration.

Winning an award can provide businesses with extra drive and opportunities to expand. A £5,000 cash prize is awarded to the winners, together with a commemorative trophy. The winners also receive associated publicity to help their business reach potential new customers.
Private sector businesses or clearly identifiable business divisions of larger organisations may apply. They must have collaborated on a defined project with one or more of the Midlands' universities or higher education institutions.
The closing date for entries is 28 June 2012 (12 noon) and further information can be found here
Any companies working within the West Midlands interiors and lifestyle sectors with a strong idea for a collaboration with a university can email Interiors & Lifestyle Futures here or call 0121 331 7925