HOVIP - Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

delivered by business people for business people


"Very good tools and techniques to address the issues businesses face. I will definitely use to generate innovative marketing ideas."

Jenny White, Owner, The HR Partnership.

Innovation Marketplace Event 2007

Exhibitors 2007

  • Absolute Photography Wales

    We service both Public and Commercial sectors and offer high quality, bespoke Wedding, Portrait and Commercial Photography packages, all of which include professional digital manipulation and retouching.

  • Alexandra Smith Therapies

    The Health and Safety Executive states that self-reported work-related stress, depression or anxiety account for an estimated 12.8 million reported lost working days per year in Britain at a cost to society of between £3.7 – £3.8billion every year (HSE 2005). On-site Complementary Therapies are proving to be a very popular and effective mechanism for treating workplace stress. Alexandra Smith Therapies offers comprehensive on-sire holistic services administering a range of treatments tailor-made to the specific requirements of your staff.

  • BT

    Visit the BT Internet Café at the Innovation Marketplace with OpenZone Internet Access.

  • Business in Focus

    Starting or developing a business is about the future. That's where we come in. Business in Focus delivers experienced advice and training to help your business grow.

  • Call Catchers

    If you're looking for the highest quality telephone answering service, Call Catchers have got the answer! Our team will answer phone calls in your own company name, give out information when required, take messages and relay them to you or your colleagues by email or SMS instantly anywhere in the world.

  • Core Multimedia

    We build better websites……find out what we can do for you.

  • Design & Manufacture

    Whatever your engineering requirements, we are the one-stop shop you've been looking for. From bespoke design or work to your specification – prototyping, small and large batches, production work and project management – all under one roof. We pride ourselves on our quick turnaround of orders and 'on-time-deliveries'. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your requirements.

  • Entrepreneur Action

    Entrepreneur Action provides a specialist business support service to new and existing businesses and exclusively delivers the High Growth Programme – an intensive three year business support package woth £40,000 for Welsh Entrepreneurs who want to achieve £1million+ turnover within three years.

  • GTi

    GTi provides a hotdesking business incubation service for undergraduates, graduates and entrepreneurs in the EU's Objective 1 area of Wales. GTi is FREE for up to 18 months. So with no office running costs to worry about and plenty of dedicated, professional support, you can concentrate on setting-up and developing your business.

  • Gwent Business Women's Network (GBWN)

    The Gwent Business Women's Network is here to provide a helping hand to women in business, reflecting the contribution that female entrepreneurs and managers are making to business success in South East Wales. GBWN provides members with opportunities for networking, support, personal and professional development. Membership is open to women in any type of business and at every stage of development from those in business start-up phase to those working in established businesses.

  • Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme (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!

  • 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.

  • The Jane Oliver Collection

    Hand made jewellery

  • JJ Maintenance Ltd

    Electrical contractors and property services.

  • Juicy Design

    If you have a thirst for all things beautiful and want individual style at affordable prices, our savvy interior design solutions promise to offer your living space or rental property a new lease of life.

  • Heads of the Valleys Strategy

  • 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.

  • KTS Owens Thomas

    We prefer to go well beyond traditional accounting practices by first getting under the skin of a business – and then helping it discover new and realistic possibilities for growth that will more than repay our fee.

    Sponsors of the Innovation Marketplace One-to-One private meeting room.

  • Regan Construction Services

    Construction services offering carpentry, building and maintenance services for both the domestic and commercial markets.

  • My Little Angel

    Not enough hours in a day? Make life that little bit easier with My Little Angel. We offer personal assistant and domestic services and undertake the chores you haven't got the time for. Visit us to find out how we can help you manage your daily life – help with domestic chores, dog walking, remote office administration, telephone answering and more.


    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.

  • Presto Solutions Ltd

    Affordable web solutions for all businesses. As the world wide web gains prominence, websites have become valuable and sought after marketing and advertising tools. A good website relays professionalism but it should not be a financial burden which is why Presto Solutions specialises in creating high quality customised sites at minimal costs.

  • Purple Prose

  • Rhymney Brewery

  • Royvon Dog Training School

    The Nation's First and Leading Specialists for Residential Dog Obedience Training and Behaviour Management! Our methods are based on positive reinforcement techniques and our purpose is to enhance the quality of life for dogs and their owners. A well trained dog is a happy dog! Come and see how we can help you.

  • Saurus Limited

    Saurus manage and optimise "pay per click" search engine marketing to bring your website more visitors, increase the conversion rate for those visitors and at the same time dramatically reduce your marketing costs. It's all about performance!

  • Swansea Institute of Higher Education – The Achievable Access Project

    The Achievable Access Project (TAAP) provides information, advice and support to tourism businesses across Objective 1 Wales with regard to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). With an estimated 10million disabled people in the UK with a disposable income of around £80billion a year, tourism businesses have an excellent opportunity to attract this new market. TAAP works closely with business owners to guide them through what can be done to make the business more suitable for the needs of disabled people.

  • University of Glamorgan Commercial Services Ltd (Merthyr Tydfil College)

    We provide tailored training and consultancy services that have helped clients from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors achieve measurable financial, customer service and people benefits. Come and meet us and enter our surprise summer-time draw or contact ugcs@merthyr.ac.uk

  • 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.

  • Wales Quality Centre

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

  • Workplace Health Connect

    Workplace Health Connect is a free advice service designed to give free, practical and impartial advice on workplace health, safety and return-to-work issues, to smaller businesses (with 5 to 250 workers) in England and Wales. It is set up in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive.

  • Xenos Wales Business Angel Network

    Xenos is the Wales Business Angel Network – a business introduction service which introduces investors to companies seeking growth funding and who are prepared, in return, to offer an equity share in the business.

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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