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Innovation Team

The Innovation Programme team are here to help you realise your innovative possibilities and develop your business. 

The team is made up of a range of industry experts and specialists all of whom have been chosen because of their individual credentials.

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Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth Shaw

Innovation Manager

Elizabeth joined the BIC in 2011 with responsibility for delivering the BIC’s Innovation strategy. Elizabeth and her team are helping businesses from across the region to realise their innovative potential. She has a real passion for changing the perceptions of SME innovation within the North East and promoting the region as a great place to live, learn, and work.
Gillian Middleton

Gillian Middleton

Innovation Adviser

Gillian joined the team following a long career in business support and skills development. With a passion for helping businesses develop their ideas, Gillian recognises that in order to remain competitive, they need to innovate and develop new products and services.
Michelle Hambleton

Michelle Hambleton

Innovation Adviser

To help build on the programme’s success, Michelle joined the innovation team in 2017. Being co-owner of a construction business alongside her role, Michelle knows how important it is to keep up with emerging trends and technological developments.