On the 26th April 2017, WRc kicked off their 6th annual Innovation Day event, held at their offices in Swindon and welcomed exhibitors and delegates from the water, waste and gas sectors.
The theme this year was ‘Delivering Knowledge in a Relationship Economy’. Mark Smith, CEO at WRc, opened the event and introduced three inspiring keynote speakers. Up first was Gavin Esler, BBC Presenter, who spoke about ways in which businesses can build trust in a suspicious century. Next was Andrew Hunt, Commercial Director at WRc, who discussed relationship constants during times of change and finally we heard from Sonia Home, CEO at C-me, on ‘One size doesn’t fit all’ and how we can communicate effectively to build authentic relationships.
After lunch, we heard from the Experts at WRc, who each gave 5 minute pitches against the clock during a Technical Showcase. Guests interactively voted on key industry questions using the WRc innovation day app, giving their thoughts on the topics discussed in the showcase. Guests then split off into workshops for the afternoon. There was a selection of three workshops for guests to choose from, including ‘Innovating in a Post – Brexit Britain’, led by Karen Light, Head of Water at WRc and Andrew Walker, International Marketing Strategist at Blue Gold Marketing. The second workshop was a giant snakes and ladders game, exploring ‘Is Procurement a Barrier or Lever to Innovation?’, led by Carmen Snowdon, Head of Leakage at WRc and Martin Baggs, Former CEO at Thames Water. Finally, Sonia Home, CEO at C-me, ran a workshop with James Hatt, Head of Customer Service at WRc, on how to use relationships as a means to reducing risk in innovation.
The event came to a close late afternoon with a video produced by local students from Isambard Community School.
For further information about the event, please visit the innovation day website or email PR@wrcplc.co.uk