University of Birmingham: Food & Development, Research & Drink

30 September 2021


University of Birmingham Business Club is pleased to invite you to their University of Birmingham Breakfast Briefing Webinar “Food and Development, Research and Drinks” on Thursday September 30th 9am-10am.

Find out more about the work the University is doing with SMEs within the Food & Drinks industry and opportunities for support and funding. Even if you’re not working in the food and drinks sector there may be insights into achieving carbon neutral working for your business, potential funding and support opportunities and the future of the region.

Hear from businesses who have benefited from the University of Birmingham’s support and find out more about how we can help your business. It may be saving money on new and innovative packaging, helping your business reach their sustainability goals or identifying waste and cutting costs using the skills and technologies at our disposal.

Speakers include:

Dr Lorelei Gherman

ATETA Project, University of Birmingham

The ATETA project aims to promote research and innovation in the adoption of zero carbon energy technologies for eligible SME’s across several Local Enterprise Partnership areas. The project provides SMEs with access to a team of Knowledge Exchange Fellows who work with businesses in the University’s state-of-the-art research facilities to identify ways to improve efficiency, identify new market prospects, test and demonstrate new ideas and ultimately grow businesses. To date the programme has succeeded in generating a net income of almost £25 million for the local economy.

Dr Adriano Sciacovelli

School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham

Adriano Sciacovelli is a Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering working within the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. His research focuses on the design of new materials and devices to store hot and cold thermal energy for more efficient and sustainable energy systems. He works on multiple EPSRC and industrial projects.

Dr Sciacovelli has published more than 40 papers in international journals and regularly gives talks at international conferences. He has been recently awarded with the U21 Staff Fellowship and with the Edward F Obert Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.

Adriano collaborates with various research group across Europe including institutes in Germany, Spain and Italy. He is a passionate researcher and he regularly engages with stakeholders and general audience as dissemination activity.

Shaun Sookoo

CEO, Winny’s Meals, SME

Shaun founded the company as “Winny’s Meals” in 2017. Three years later, Shaun took the company out of Winny’s kitchen and into its own premises in Birmingham – from where they extended the business and now deliver over 2000 meals a week to customers all over the UK.

Shaun is not only the CEO and director of Winny’s Kitchen, he’s also an author and founding member of Little Black Truth – a platform to educate and inspire positive change.

The ATETA project provided support to Winny’s Meals by completing an evaluation of packaging options for chilled food packaging. ATETA undertook a study to identify different packaging for chilled goods to help Winny’s Meals sustainability goals.

Craig O’Donnell

Account Manager, GBSLEP

The Growth Hub is the home for advice, guidance and funding for businesses and entrepreneurs across the Greater Birmingham area. We offer impartial, no-cost advice from our team of account managers and expert business advisers online and in person, working with many specialist partner organisations in public and private sectors. Working closely with businesses and listening to the challenges they face, enables us to look at tailored solutions that are multifaceted in delivery. Our aim is simply to make businesses we work with as successful as they can be. Our region covers nine local authorities: Birmingham, Solihull, East Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest.

About UoB Business Club

The University of Birmingham Business Club is a network that gives businesses and academics the opportunity to meet and develop mutually beneficial collaborations. The Club’s Breakfast Briefings are themed around business-relevant presentations and networking time. The event is free of charge with refreshments provided and the University’s business engagement team on hand to answer any questions.