Lovely to go to something brimming with positivity this afternoon. It's a special session of the Innovation Manchester Boardroom, one of a series of events, all around different themes, but all bringing people together from a wide range of backgrounds to encourage innovation and invention in the Manchester economy.
Today was a catch-up on the many projects that have come out of the Innovation Boardroom over the past eighteen months or so, projects like; Manchester Masters and Creative Break, the first aimed at giving some of our brightest graduates real and paid work experience in four different settings, the second aimed at doing similar for apprentices; FabLab, a model developped by MIT ( Massachussets Institute of Technolgy ) that allows people to get involved hands-on in Advanced Manufacture and prototype their inventions; Innovate with Confidence, a programme that changes the mindset of busy SME leaders that has already delivered growth into their businesses; MIF Creative, which took some of the world-leading producers involved in the Manchester International Festival and helped them work with young people from our local communities ( and too many more to mention ). The real point of the day though was not just to look at past achievements but to see how the work on promoting innovation can continue in these cash-strapped times. Manchester's past was based on innovation, but our future is even more dependent on it.