HOVIP - Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

delivered by business people for business people


"The most useful aspect of the workshop was being able to define opportunities before wasting time and money getting nowhere."

K. Paine, Kenneth Paine & Company


Facilitated by business people for business people:

  • Small groups of businesses (across any sector) mainly based in the Valleys (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf or Torfaen)
  • Clusters are facilitated by HOVIP then managed by the founder members.
  • Many clusters are open to new members if they provide complementary products or services

Here's how the clusters benefit:

  • Jointly bid for contracts
  • Reduced marketing costs
  • Increased profile for individual members
  • Shared services and expertise
  • Enhanced customer offering
  • One-stop for related services and products

What to do next:

  1. Secure Wales
  2. Buiild4Wales

Performance Engineering Cluster (contact Bob Austen 07768 514 229).

Clusters in progress: 'The Big Valleys Experience', Accommodations and Attractions, Recycling, Swann Street Studios, Specialist Automotive. Contact Sadie Fentham 07590 833 503.

Global Academy
  • SWCC
  • BT
  • Equinox
  • HSBC Bank plc
  • Capital Law
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Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme (HOVIP) aims to increase the capacity for innovation in businesses in the region. Phase 1 was KEF ESF Funded and hosted by Merthyr Tydfil College. HOVIP2 and HOVIP3 is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government HoV Regeneration initiative with the 5 HoV local authorities and is hosted by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

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