Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown and the Secretary of State for Industry Stephen
Byers are to visit Coventry Universitys TechnoCentre on Friday, 5 February.
The TechnoCentre is hosting the Chancellors Productivity Challenge
roadshow examining Britains productivity gap with its main competitors and how this
can be addressed and overcome. While at the University he will also tour the TechnoCentre
and spend time meeting University staff and enterprising graduates.
The Chancellor will arrive at the TechnoCentre at 3 pm. He will be given a tour of the
facility and then attend an exhibition staged by the Universitys School of
Engineering featuring projects being undertaken by the School.
The Chancellor will then receive a presentation on Coventry Universitys
innovative Graduate Enterprise Scheme, followed by a tour of companies set up under the
Scheme. He will then present two awards to Coventry University graduates who have
established their own businesses under the Scheme. The award for The most promising
graduate entrepreneur will be made to Adrian Rye of Squid Software Ltd, and the
award for The company with the most export potential will be made to Nick
Rutter and Sam Tate of Runner and Sprue.
At 4.30 pm the Chancellor will be joined by the Secretary of State for Industry Stephen
Byers, as he makes his presentation to business people from across the West Midlands. The
Chancellor and Secretary of State will leave the TechnoCentre at 6 pm.
John Latham, the Universitys Business Development Manager based at the
TechnoCentre was instrumental in arranging the visit. He comments: