Wilton Wednesday - September 18

Wilton Wednesday – September 18 - Knowledge Factory

After a short summer break, Wilton Wednesdays are back with an exciting new programme of speakers.

Micropore – from University spinout to now; the story so far

Dai Hayward, CEO, Micropore Ltd

Micropore’s technology enables clients to significantly improve both the performance and yield of their formulated products in sectors from pharma and biopharma to agrochems, personal care to household products, food to flavours and fragrances and many others besides. Clients have been able to reduce waste from approx 30% to near zero.  85% of its sales come from exports to countries around the world.

Micropore relocated to Wilton Centre at the beginning of 2016, moving from the Midlands where it had been since its foundation in 2003 to pursue scale-up of its technology through working closely with a skilled local supply chain. Since then it has received investment to further grow its capabilities and its workforce.

Dai joined Micropore in 2010 after a long career in the speciality chemicals industry managing businesses whose products were sold more on the basis of their performance than their specification.  He will tell the story of Micropore’s growth as a spinout from Loughborough University to today.


TeesValleyCareers.Com Initiative Needs You

Jill Wright, TeesValleyCareers.Com Coordinator for Tees Valley Combined Authority

Launched by the Tees Valley Mayor in May 2018, Tees Valley Careers.com is an ambitious £3 million initiative, which is the first of its kind in the UK. It will target 100,000 young people in Tees Valley and will see every school and college in the area work with local businesses to help shape and deliver careers and enterprise.

The aim is to have over 1,000 businesses engage with 11-18-year-olds to directly inform them of job opportunities and career information.

Research shows that pupils that receive four or more meaningful engagements with employers between the ages of 11-16 years are 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education, employment and training and on average earn 22% more. Young people need to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, learn from employers about valued skills, and feel encouraged and inspired.

There are lots of ways in which companies can get involved with our local schools and make a real difference to the future employment prospects of school students in the Tees Valley especially in East Cleveland. How much time you commit is up to you and if you only want to support the events that are specific to your industry that’s fine. Many businesses in the Tees Valley region are already taking part in the initiative and benefitting by widening their business network, enhancing their business reputation, developing new skills and gaining better access to future recruitment pools.


This Wilton Wednesday is sponsored by Andrew Simpson of Northern Balance Ltd.

As one of the UK’s leading independent distributors of weighing equipment, Northern Balance supply, service and calibrate some of the worlds most trusted brands.

Northern Balance are ISO9001:2015 certified, a UKAS accredited calibration laboratory (No.0370), authorised to perform Legal Verifications in accordance with Directive 2014/31/EU on NAWI: Module D, a certified member of the Safe Contractor Scheme and a member of the UK Weighing Federation.

Northern Balance offer impartial advice on weighing equipment and are on hand to find effective solutions to customer weighing problems.

From weighing in micrograms through to tonnes, Northern Balance work with customers to understand what they need from their weighing instruments and offer impartial advice on the right scales for the job.

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