HOVIP - Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

delivered by business people for business people

Testimonials

"Superb – far above expectations. Really enjoyable and informal. To have other people helping you to develop your business was excellent. It has given me direction and focus. I can't recommend it enough."

PJ Cavalli, Owner, PJ Cavalli Training

Events

  • HOVIP Events
  • Non-HOVIP Events
  1. March 2012

  2. 26-30 March 2012: EGNI International Trade Fair and Valleys Heritage Tour

    Coleg Morgannwg, HOVIP and the Welsh Assembly Government have gained the support of the Global Enterprise Manager for the EuroPen - Pen International Practice Firm initiative (cms.europen.info) to host a novel and enterprising event in Wales in 2012.

    EUROPEN – PEN INTERNATIONAL is the worldwide practice firm network with over 7500 practice firms in 42 countries. A practice firm is a virtual company and a centre of vocational learning that runs like a "real" business silhouetting a "real" firm's business procedures, products and services. Each practice firm trades with other practice firms.

    The proposed event will unusually link student run practice firms from the UK and around the world with pre-start-up businesses, from the Valleys, in a combined business exhibition. This will, therefore, involve virtual and real businesses providing multiple benefits to both.

    The event will also include a heritage tour of the Valleys and related tourist attractions plus provision for a Europen members’ meeting and opportunities to meet key stakeholders in the region. For more information contact: Sara Billinghurst.

    Download Briefing Note Issue 1

  3. June 2011

  4. 23 June 2011: 5th Annual Valleys Innovation Awards and Marketplace Event hosted by HOVIP

    Venue and details to follow.

  5. March 2011

  6. 13 March 2011: St David's Foundation Zumba Class World Record Challenge at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

    Full details available at www.stdavidsfoundation.co.uk or call on 01633 271364 or email fundraising@stdavidsfoundation.co.uk Your help and support is very important to us!

  7. 6 March 2011: St David's Foundation Sponsored Spring Bike Ride in Calidcot

    Full details available at www.stdavidsfoundation.co.uk or call on 01633 271364 or email fundraising@stdavidsfoundation.co.uk Your help and support is very important to us!

  8. 10 March 2011: Creativity and Innovation Workshop, ViTCC, Blaenau Gwent

    HOVIP’s practical, proven and hands-on workshop to help you grow your business, improve any aspect of how you operate and to motivate your employees and colleagues. For more details and to book your place please download the Creativity and Innovation Workshop flyer.

  9. February 2011

  10. 8 February 2011: Turning Heads Club event at Llanhilleth

    There are now 111 businesses who are members of the Turning Heads Club (HOVIP's regional business network), which is exclusively for the Heads of the Valleys Innovation Award winners and entrants.

    This meeting, which is strictly by invitation only, is being held at the Llanhilleth Miners' Institute. Guest speakers from the South Wales Chamber of Commerce and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council will respectively talk about Leadership and Management training opportunities and the new Community Economic Development Fund for social enterprises. In addition to a novel networking opportunity there will be a Christmas Fayre involving regional businesses in the arts, crafts, food and drink sectors.

  11. December 2010

  12. December 2010 : International Trade Mission to India (International Business Wales)

    For further details on this and other International Trade Missions visit www.ibwales.com

  13. November 2010

  14. 25 November 2010: Big Pitch Challenge, Techniquest, Cardiff

    Students from Coleg Morgannwg, The College Ystrad Mynach, Merthyr Tydfil College and Coleg Gwent have been challenged to come up with ideas for the planned Rhymney Brewery visitor centre and how to market the facility. They will be presenting their ideas to four judges, including Nick Hewer (of the BBC's 'The Apprentice' fame), and invited guests. This is an innovative approach to supporting businesses and enabling students to develop enterprise skills based on real, regional business challenges. Download the event programme.

  15. 18 November 2010: Creativity and Innovation Workshop, Orbit Business Centre, Merthyr

    HOVIP’s practical, proven and hands-on workshop to help you grow your business, improve any aspect of how you operate and to motivate your employees and colleagues. For more details and to book your place please download the Creativity and Innovation Workshop flyer.

  16. October 2010

  17. 10 October 2010 : St David’s Foundation Sponsored Bike Ride from Blaenavon to Cwmcarn

    Join us on our 2010 Sponsored Bike Ride cycling 26 miles from Blaenavon to Cwmcarn. Each year we care for nearly 3000 patients in their own homes, throughout Caerphilly, Torfaen, Newport and Monmouthshire.  However we need to raise £5.1million this year to enable us to continue our services – and this is one of our very popular fundraising events.  For full details download the 2010 Sponsored Bike Ride flyer or call us on 01633 271364, email fundraising@stdavidsfoundation.co.uk or visit www.stdavidsfoundation.co.uk Your help and support is very important to us!!

  18. 10 – 14 October 2010 : International Trade Mission to Russia (International Business Wales)

    For further details on this and other International Trade Missions visit www.ibwales.com

  19. September 2010

  20. 23 September 2010: Turning Heads Club event at John Lewis, Cardiff

    There are now 111 businesses who are members of the Turning Heads Club (HOVIP’s regional business network), which is exclusively for the Heads of the Valleys Innovation Award winners and entrants.

    This meeting, which is strictly by invitation only, is being hosted by John Lewis, at their Cardiff store, along with guest speaker Liz Mihell (Managing Director, John Lewis Cardiff), who will be speaking about ‘People Innovation.’

  21. 22 September 2010: HOVIP and clusters at Business Week Exhibition

    Come and meet members of the HOVIP team at stand number 55 at the Chamber of Commerce Business Week Exhibition (10am – 6pm), at the Celtic Manor Resort. The first three businesses, based in the Valleys, to book a place on our hands-on Creativity and Innovation Workshop (November 18 or March 10) will obtain a 10% discount. Representatives from HOVIP’s most established business clusters (e.g. Secure Wales and Build4Wales) will also be on the stand.

  22. 19 September 2010 : St David’s Foundation Ruperra Castle Circular Walk

    Join us on a tranquil river walk through the Lower Rhymney Valley. Each year we care for nearly 3000 patients in their own homes, throughout Caerphilly, Torfaen, Newport and Monmouthshire.  However we need to raise £5.1million this year to enable us to continue our services – and this is one of our very popular fundraising events.  For full details download this flyer or call us on 01633 271364, email fundraising@stdavidsfoundation.co.uk or visit www.stdavidsfoundation.co.uk Your help and support is very important to us!!

  23. August 2010

  24. 14 August 2010 : St David’s Foundation "Canoe the River Wye"

    Join us as we canoe down the River Wye! Each year we care for nearly 3000 patients in their own homes, throughout Caerphilly, Torfaen, Newport and Monmouthshire.  However we need to raise £5.1million this year to enable us to continue our services – and this is one of our very popular fundraising events.

    For full details download our Canoe the Wye flyer or call us on 01633 271364, email fundraising@stdavidsfoundation.co.uk or visit www.stdavidsfoundation.co.uk Your help and support is very important to us!!

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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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