27 March 2006

Mobilizing Minds in Merseyside

"Mobilizing minds in Merseyside" was the title of Peter Raymond OBE's masterly presentation to launch the Liverpool Inventors Club. And a very successful launch it was too with an audience of 24 drawn from the professions, universities, financial institutions as well as inventors. One of the things that holds back innovation, according to Peter, is the cost of professional services. He complained of the astronomical legal fees charged to one of his university spin-off companies in its first year of trading.

That was the perfect cue for me to introduce one of the aims of this and the other inventors' clubs in the North. Every service provider that associates with a club will provide a free or discounted services. Members of all the clubs will be able to negotiate volume discounts for professional services, consultancy, insurance and the like. They will also provide opportunities for networking and brainstorming.

A steering committee consisting of representatives of the universities, local government and the professions as well as several local inventors was recruited. Meetings will take place regularly at the Central Library on the last Monday of every month.

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