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EACH will be in the Hub during the lunch period on Tuesday 25 May, so please pop over and have a look. There’s also some literature in the Hub foyer which may be of interest. 

Prospect (was Connect) will be in the Old Post office area in the Hub lunchtime on Wednesday 26 May.

The Suffolk Police Community Officer will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Monday 17 May.

 Ever wondered:

  • What are smart grids?
  • Why smart grids are needed ?
  • How they will reduce CO2 emissions?
  • What new services will they enable?

Join us to find out the difference between a ‘smart’ grid and a normal electricity grid and the extra equipment that is needed, the information that must flow within a smart grid and between the entities in a smart grid and customer devices, the players who are already investing billions to try to dominate the industry, and BT’s potential role if it’s willing to make the investment.

Keith Dickerson, Director of Climate Associates Ltd with several key positions of influence in standards, has kindly agreed to come and share his knowledge and understanding on this hot topic. Keith was former Head of Standards of BT, and provided direction to BT’s international standards activities, working closely with senior management to identify the key standards required to support 21CN. Keith is a member the Board of ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and champions Smart Grids as part of his strategy role.

The next event in the series features Simon Thompson, Dema Metreweli and Mary Lumkin of BT, and Stew McTavish of the IdeaSpace in Cambridge. This is a great opportunity to find out more about how social media could develop in future, and to meet some of the ICT companies on the Park. Numbers are likely to be limited, so please register now if you wish to attend by e-mailing

10:30 – Coffee and registration (mezzanine)
10:45 – Welcome and introduction – Graham Reid (InnovationMartlesham Project Director)
11.00 – Managing the corporate profile in the social network space – Simon Thompson (BT Intelligent Systems Research Group)
11.30 – Exploring the business benefits of social media – Dema Metreweli and Mary Lumkin (BT)
12.00 – Social networking and entrepreneurship – Stew McTavish, (Director IdeaSpace Cambridge)
12.30 – Buffet lunch in the Alan Rudge mezzanine with opportunity to network and talk informally to the speakers
14.00 – Close

Doug Richard’s School for Startups presents: Low Cost Fast Growth Marketing

Hosted at Adastral Park and in partnership with The University of Essex and VentureNavigator.

–       Thursday 10th June 2010

–       Registration 12:00, starts 13:00

Event Summary:

Doug Richard, serial entrepreneur and original BBC2 Dragon, moves ahead with his ambitious plan to fast-track entrepreneurs and business owners onto the road of success. Due to popular demand, Doug and the School for Startups team are holding their much esteemed “Low Cost Fast Growth Marketing for Growing Businesses” master-class in Ipswich this June, located at Adastral Park.

School for Startups is the UK’s premier provider of business training and tuition. The seminars are designed to be fully interactive, incorporating ‘live’ on the day delegate case studies, video examples, lectures, interactive discussions and Q&A sessions. Doug’s goal is to teach participants the questions they need to ask themselves and equip them to find the right answers. Doug is a humorously entertaining host and will leave you feeling inspired and refuelled. The course is funded by the University of Essex’s Economic Challenge Investment Fund (ECIF).

In this seminar, serial entrepreneur and investor Doug Richard digs deep into advanced online marketing tactics: the essential lessons that every entrepreneur needs to understand. Finding fast growth, effective and affordable channels to reach customers is critical to any business; but especially so for growing businesses during a recession.

Doug demonstrates how the internet has levelled the playing-field between your business and your largest competitors and why there has never before been an opportunity like that which exists for today’s businesses.

At ‘Low Cost Fast Growth Marketing’ you will learn:
• Using Thought Leadership to drive Social Media
• PR in the 21st Century
• Blogs, Conversations and Gossip: Key Tools for 2010
• No Cost Video
• How SEO is changing and what to do about it

Who should attend:
• Owners & managers of growing businesses based in Suffolk or Essex
• Marketing and media professionals based in Suffolk or Essex
• Business, Marketing and MA students based in Suffolk or Essex

What’s included:

  • 5 hours of business tuition with one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs
  • Access to online resources and materials, including membership of VentureNavigator (see below for details)
  • Free transportation between Ipswich station and Adastral Park
  • 12 month’s free subscription to Doug’s monthly newsletter
  • Accreditation as a Graduate of School for Startups (web-badge)
  • Teas & coffees

You are guaranteed to leave this event buzzing with new ideas, enthusiasm and energy!

If you are based at Adastral Park or Bibb Way and would like a ticket for the event, we have a limited amount of free tickets available. Contact Nicky Daniels for more information.

For further information on all School for Startups events visit: 

Delivery Partner –University of Essex
The University of Essex is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions. Founded in 1964 when it opened its doors to a cohort of just 122 students at Wivenhoe Park in Colchester, the University has grown in both reputation and size, developing a worldwide reputation for top quality teaching and research.

 Delivery Partner – VentureNavigator
Venture Navigator support entrepreneurs and start-ups in the UK. Venture Navigator is a free and impartial online business support service for start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

 “Practical advice that can be implemented straight away. No fluff, real advice for the harsh world of business. Great! “(Alison Lapping)

 Biography: Doug Richard 
Doug’s expertise is backed by some very impressive credentials. A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in the development and leadership of technology and software ventures, Doug featured in the first two TV series of Dragon’s Den. He is the Founder and Vice-Chairman of the Cambridge Angels (a network for private investors), Chairman and CEO of Trutap, Chairman of the Conservative Party Small Business Task Force, and non-executive director of Alert Me, Pearl Software and Beats Digital. Between 1996 and 2000 Doug was President and CEO of Micrografx, a US publicly quoted software company. Prior to that he also founded and subsequently sold two other companies: Visual Software and ITAL Computers.

Doug holds a BA in Psychology from University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor at the school of Law, University of California at Los Angeles. In 2006 Doug was an Honorary Recipient of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion and in 2007 he became a fellow of the RSA. In 2009 Doug received an Honorary Degree and is now a Doctor of the University of Essex.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), cares for children with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs and, supports their family. Some of these children only have a short time to live, whilst others may reach young adulthood, but their aim is always the same – to enhance their quality of life and support all those who love and care for them.

Their current hospice bungalow in Ipswich is inadequate for the demands of children’s hospice care services in Suffolk & North Essex, so they’re looking to raise £3 million to build a new hospice, known as the Treehouse Appeal. 

There are a number of events planned for the coming months, which you can find at, so please feel free to visit and get involved. Companies at Adastral Park may wish to become involved in the corporate challenge, or even sponsor a brick in the Woodland Walk.

Butterfly Day is on 21 May, so why not have coffee and cakes together with friends or colleagues and raise some money for the Treehouse Appeal. 

EACH are also looking for volunteers to help with events such as ‘Music on the Green’ on 10 July. Just a couple of hours in the morning to man the entrances.

On Tuesday 25 May EACH will be in the Hub during the lunch period, so please pop over and have a look. There’s also some literature in the Hub foyer now which may be of interest. 

If you need further information, or would like to voluteer to help, then please contact Nick Joplin:

phone:  01473 276115

On Saturday 26 June we are once again opening the gates for the family fun day. Just like last year tickets and attractions are free for BT/Adastral Park employees and their families and there’ll be something for everyone.  Please see the map along with the schedule for the day for more information and read the guidelines.

Some of the treats we have lined up this year include a beautiful carousel, a climbing wall and some fun technology from the customer showcases. There will be a gaming zone where you can compete with friends and colleagues on networked Xboxes and Wiis. And a football zone where you can take part in penalty shoot-outs (important for England players apparently).

We’re really excited about this year’s event so we’re looking forward to seeing you there. Don’t forget to wear your stickers as there will be no admission without them.

The Adastral Park Sailing club will be in the Hub during lunchtime Thursday 13 May.

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