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27th – 31st October 2014

The week didn’t start too well as I was ill from food poisoning (ruining a day off on Monday and was slowed down Tuesday as I worked through an email backlog and a range of internal admin. I did take time for a call about our potential involvement in Bristol 2015 which will be well worth keeping an eye on.

Wednesday was mostly spent doing my judging of the excellent applications for this year’s Clean and Cool Mission but also took calls from Jamie Butterworth of Ellen MacArthur Foundation on what he is doing next as he leaves them after many years, our comms team on the Mission and a Skype interview about the Responsible Innovation Framework.

Thursday I travelled to the KTN office in Runcorn to catch up with Catherine Joce on plans to support our upcoming competitions and other ways we are working together. Friday was spent still trying to catch up and mostly working on financial forecasts for the next few years as well as more admin.

The day ended with more calls, mainly ones to brief our excellent panel for our big event Innovateuk14 next week. There is still time to book tickets at and you can hear from Jennifer Clark, Director of Environment, Skanska UK; Mike Barry, Director Plan A, Marks & Spencer; Dax Lovegrove, Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Kingfisher; and Cyndi Rhoades, CEO, Worn Again. I’m also on the panel which will be chaired by our Deputy Director for Innovation in Industry – Richard Miller.

Stat of the week:  Wind power is cheapest energy, EU analysis finds:

This week’s travel carbon footprint: 12 kg CO2

Mike Pitts