Biz4Age (Business Opportunities for Healthy Ageing) was a €600,000 project funded by the EU under the INTERREG IVA 2 Seas Programme. Its purpose was to understand the best ways to respond to the challenges of ageing populations in ways that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of care, support independent living, and create regional business opportunities. Biz4Age brought together partners from England (Kent, Cambridgeshire), The Netherlands (Zeeland), Belgium (West-Flanders) and France (Nord-pas-de-Calais).
The CURA-B project (acCURAte-Business) focused on promoting entrepreneurship and the development of new cross-border initiatives. It was a three-year, priority 1 EU ERDF project, part-funded through the Joint Technical Secretariat INTERREG IVA 2 Mers programme. The Business School's role in CURA-B was to provide social science support and direction to the project. The focus was upon how innovation may be improved by drawing lessons from the use of different forms of assistive technology and by helping local agencies, firms and care-providers develop models suitable for effective, integrated health care provision.
Innovation 50 was a three-year research project focusing on innovation in high-growth Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Essex (UK). Launched in 2015, and funded by Essex County Council, its aims were to establish the key determinants of high growth for local SMEs, assess their innovation performance and identify their innovation support requirements.
The theme of this conference was ‘the legal autonomy of sport’, a concept long treasured by sports governing bodies, but which is perceived by some now to be a cloak for lack of democracy and fair process. Within this overall theme there were three strands reflecting the three conference sessions: contractual, political and legal autonomy. We heard from experts in European Union law, lex sportiva, regulatory law, competition law, employment law, criminal law, commercial law, and international law. Our media partner for the conference was Law in Sport.