HOVIP - Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

delivered by business people for business people


"I would recommend the workshop to any time-starved business, particularly in the current climate."

Jacqui Niven, Operations Manager, CODA Business Management Ltd.


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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