Event Type: Conference


Want to shift the dial on your R&D investment? Drawing upon the advice of innovative business leaders, this event will seek to inspire and provide practical insights to help your business develop and fund new innovative products and services.

This half day conference will take place at the brand new £105m Reckitt Benckiser’s science and innovation centre, the largest single innovation investment in the company’s history.

The government recognise the importance of innovation and R&D investment to drive the UK economy. They are committed to raising R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP. This provides great opportunities for innovative businesses in all sectors across the UK to take the lead and to invest in R&D to innovate, to develop and to grow.

We will discuss how you can be part of this exciting future.

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI’s Director-General, will open the conference sharing key takeaways from a brand-new CBI report on regional R&D investment, which is being created in partnership with Reckitt Benckiser and will be launched at the event.

Four great reasons why you should attend:

• Practical advice on how your business can navigate government funding to support your R&D activities
• Hear from innovative business leaders on how they have overcome barriers and worked successfully with local stakeholders to deliver new game changing innovations
• Network with senior professionals at organisations who have already taken steps to increase their R&D investment and innovation programmes in the regions
• Get your hands on our joint report first!


11:00 – 11:30 Registration, refreshments and networking

11:30 – 11:40 Welcome and official opening of the CfSE
Laxman Narasimhan,Chief Executive, RB

11:40 – 11:50 Keynote address: The importance of R&D investment to the country’s economy and its future competitiveness 3% campaign
Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI

11:50 – 12:20 Keynote address and Q&A
Speaker to be confirmed

12:20 – 13:00 Panel discussion: Businesses tackling grand challenges together

The Government’s Industrial Strategy sets out four grand challenges facing individuals and society across the UK and beyond; ageing society, clean growth, the future of mobility, and AI & data. No single business or sector has all the answers. Innovative businesses, working together, will be critical to developing solutions. These events will showcase emerging success stories and some of the tools available to support collaborative work towards solutions.

Chair: Felicity Burch, Director of Innovation, CBI


Mike Biddle, Director for ISCF, Innovate UK

Tara Glasgow, Senior Vice President, R&D, RB Health

Further panellists to be confirmed shortly

13:00 – 13:30 In conversation with
Chair: Felicity Burch, Director of Innovation, CBI

Interviewee: Emma Lindsell, Executive Director, Strategy and Governance, UKRI

13:30 -13:35 Closing remarks

Beckie Hart, Regional Director, Yorkshire and Humber, CBI and Bruce Charlesworth, Chief Medical Officer, Relief, Hygiene and Wellness, RB

13:35 – 14:30 Lunch and networking

14:30 Close

Strategic partner: Reckitt Benckiser (RB)

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