HOVIP - Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

delivered by business people for business people


Innovation Marketplace Event 2008

  1. Including 2008 Heads of the Valleys Innovation Awards

    Thursday 26 June 2008 : Parkway Hotel, Cwmbran

    • Exhibition: 5.00–8.30pm Awards & Guest Speaker: 6.00–7.30pm
    • Exhibition featuring 25 of the most innovative companies from the Heads of the Valleys and beyond. See "Meet the Exhibitors" below.
    • Meet Procurement and Economic Development Officers from all 5 Heads of the Valleys local authorities
    • 2008 Heads of the Valleys Innovation Awards – open to any business or social enterprise organisation in the Heads of the Valleys region (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf or Torfaen)
    • Guest speaker: Ian Woodall, Everest Mountaineer, Author and Inspirational Speaker

    3 Great Opportunities FOR YOU!

    EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION – Delegates registered before 31 May 2008 will be entered in a prize draw for an Apple iPod, donated by BT.

    Grow your business : Make new contacts : Be inspired

    Meet the Exhibitors

    • Aid Training Wales

      Specialist training provider offering accredited Health & Safety training to individuals, groups and organisations across Wales and the South West.


    • Bevan Foundation

      Research centre and Think Tank


    • The Blaenafon Cheddar Co & Mountain Tours Ltd

      Small dairy producer of hand-made speciality Welsh cheeses, mountain tours and cycle hire

    • Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

      Local Government: Meet our economic development and procurement teams


    • BRFm

      Community radio & Internet TV serving the community of Blaenau Gwent


    • BT

      Check out our latest special offers, products and services.


    • Business Network International (BNI)

      Networking organisation

    • Caerphilly County Borough Council

      Local Government: Meet our procurement team


    • Community Enterprise Wales

      Development support for social enterprises


    • Design & Supply Ltd

      Bespoke manufacturer of steel hinged doors


    • H M Marketing Ltd

      We help you jump-start your marketing to get more customers, make more sales and drive your success, whether you’re just starting out or building on success. FREE No-Cost, Low Cost Marketing Tips for every visitor


    • HOVIP

      Come and visit our stand to find out about proven and practical opportunities to help any business become more profitable, deliver results and develop its people. There are specific opportunities for businesses in the region and other opportunities for any private or public sector organisation, based elsewhere, to become more creative and innovative. We let our clients' results do the talking!


    • HSBC

      Are you getting started in business, or keen to manage your existing business better? HSBC Business Managers bring together all the news, information, and management best practice guidance you need to get the most out of your business.


    • ITDA UK Ltd

      Diver training & certification agency


    • Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

      Business support and procurement services including the Orbit Business Centre


    • Micaul Solar Ltd

      Design, supply and installation of renewable energy systems


    • My Little Angel

      Providing office assistance, telephone answering, diary management, web design and IT support for SME’s and entrepreneurs


    • NESTA

      Devoted exclusively to supporting talent, innovation and creativity in the UK, NESTA aims to transform the UK’s capacity for innovation. Come and find out more about how NESTA encourages a culture that helps innovation to flourish.


    • ngb2b - Newport & Gwent Chamber of Commerce

      As the premier business support and networking body in South East Wales, ngb2b facilitates growth and commercial success by offering businesses, from sole traders to multi-nationals, a range of services designed around and for the people that own and direct it: its members.


    • Nutrimetics International (UK) Ltd

      Nutrimetics produces a fabulous range of skincare and make-up products which are all naturally enriched and botanically derived. Products and ingredients are not tested on animals and don’t include the use of any harsh chemicals.

      We don't retail in stores. We bring the beauty salon to your door in small select pampering sessions; this keeps the cost of the product down and means we can offer a personalised service.

      Nutrimetics has been established since the 1960s and has been in the UK since 1976. We are just getting going in Wales; there are terrific business opportunities for anyone who is interested in a new and flexible income stream with low start up costs.


    • Real Valleys Media

      Marketing and promotions


    • Regan Construction

      Regan Construction can provide a complete building service to domestic properties for extensions, alterations, renovations and conversions, including all related works. And also provide maintenance and repair service to properties.


    • Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

      RCT Business Support and Procurement teams want to tell you about our Business Grants, Procurement Workshops and thriving Business Club that will help you continue your success in Business Innovation.


    • Rhymney Brewery

      A brewery concerned with the brewing of local, traditional real ales, using only the finest ingredients.


    • Royvon Dog Training Schools Ltd

      Residential dog training school offeing all aspects of training and boarding


    • St David’s Foundation & Lottery

      Hospice Charity


    • Taste of Enterprise

      Helping all businesses including Art, Craft and Creative enterprises

    • Theresa Campbell Aromatherapy

      Manufacturer of hand made aromatherapy products by a qualified aromatherapist, plus on-site seated accupressure chair to help anyone reduce stress in either their personal life or workplace


    • Virtual Assistance

      The answer for today’s savvy business owner – a personal assistant providing administrative and executive support from an off-site location leaving you free to concentrate on developing your business. Come and find out how you can benefit.


    • Virtually Assist Ltd

      A skilled PA service for businesses. All services are delivered virtually. Managing your office... from my office


    • Wales Quality Centre

      Promoting continuous improvement in businesses in Wales – find out how you can benefit from a wide range of programmes and initiatives.


    Becoming an Exhibitor. Find out why you should exhibit

    The Innovation Marketplace offers a unique opportunity to reach a highly motivated audience of both business people and consumers from South Wales and the South West.

    Exhibiting at the Innovation Marketplace will enable you to

    • Demonstrate and showcase your products and services
    • Make sales and create qualified leads
    • Expand your prospect database and build business relationships
    • Increase your business profile
    • Grow your business

    This event offers outstanding value-for-money – exhibiting has never been more affordable!

    Cost per space (3 × 2m) is – £50+VAT for any business established less than 12 months and any social enterprise business

    – £100+VAT for all other organisations

    You get a full package of support to help you achieve maximum return on your investment.

    • Exhibition space, display table and exhibitors name board
    • Extensive, targeted marketing and PR campaign leading up to the event
    • Additional marketing support through our Sponsors and Partners BT, HSBC, ngb2b Newport Chamber of Commerce, NESTA and Wales Quality Centre
    • Pre-event training and marketing opportunity for all exhibitors
    • And if you tell us who you want to meet, whilst we can't guarantee they'll attend, we will target your preferred visitors.

    Book NOW (download Exhibitor Booking Form PDF)

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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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