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Red Dwarf star to give talk at University-backed event


Robert Llewellyn‌The actor, famous for his role as Kryten on the sci-fi comedy, will be presenting a keynote session around the importance of innovation at a forthcoming Coventry University business support event.

Robert, who now presents Channel 4’s Scrapheap Challenge, will be giving a talk called ‘Engineers see problems as challenges’ at the event, organised to help small businesses with intellectual property and product development.

It takes place at Coventry University on Thursday, February 13 and will be hosted by the Innovative Product Support Service (IPSS) project, which is managed by the University of Wolverhampton and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The event is event on at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry and aimed at small and medium enterprises from the West Midlands and will focus on the tools, technologies and public sector support programmes that can improve a business’s capacity to successfully negotiate the new product development process.

The event will offer a range of free workshops on topics like intellectual property, tax credits within research and development and talks given by speakers from both industry and academia. 

Universities from across the region, including Coventry University,  University of Wolverhampton, Keele University and Staffordshire University will be present at the event to showcase their innovation support programmes and their advisors will be available throughout the day to assist companies looking to introduce new products or processes.

There will also be an opportunity for delegates to participate in a tour of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, a high quality environment for the development of cutting edge technologies into manufacturing processes.

Places are free to book but will be limited.  If you wish to book or for more details please book via, contact the IPSS team on 01902 321105 or


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Date Issued: Monday, February 10, 2014.

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