Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest news and events from TWI:

Subscribe >
Skip to content

Free Technical Innovation Support for SMEs in Tees Valley

Webinars 20 April 2021

Join us for this webinar to find out how your business could benefit from two programmes TWI is offering free of charge to SMEs in the Tees Valley region

Free to attend – pre-registration required.

Providing in-depth, tailored support to address engineering and technology challenges, by participating in one of the programmes, we can support your company to transform and accelerate its ideas into new or improved commercial products, processes or services.


Materials Integrity Technology Transfer scheme (MITT)

MITT offers your business 1:1 support from a team of experts to address technology challenges, support product and process development, improve productivity and quality, and support innovation in manufacturing.

Download the MITT Leaflet

Tees Valley Innovation Accelerator (TIA)

TIA provides innovation consultancy to help your business with development of innovative new product ideas, creation of initial product prototypes, partnership building to realise proof of concept, and tailored support with applications to leverage public funding.

Find out more about the benefits of TIA

Download the TIA Leaflet

This support provided is free to SMEs with thanks to financial and administrative contributions from ERDF, The Northern Powerhouse and TVCA.



Laurence Robinson - Technology Innovation Management Team Manager

Laurence Robinson

Technology Innovation Management Team Manager

He oversees access to research and technology funding for TWI, and brings his technical management background to delivering new projects for TWI, network partners and TWI Industrial Members.

Laurence spent six years working in the power sector, developing and optimising CO2 capture technologies for industrial, natural gas and coal power generation.

Over the last four years, Laurence has developed expertise on the UK and European funding landscapes, including the key drivers for winning public funding for technology innovation development, and managed over 20 winning proposals; total value: £31m+

Gareth Fletcher - Technology Manager

Gareth Fletcher

Technology Manager
Tees Valley Combined Authority

A professional metallurgist and Chartered Engineer with a BSc in Metallurgy and an MBA from Aston University, Gareth currently plays a very active role in the decarbonisation of industry which he combines with extensive experience in driving innovation and collaborative research.

With over 35 years in both operational and technical roles in the steel industry, Gareth led the collaboration between Tata Steel and CPI which ultimately led to the divestment of the Materials Processing Institute.

After this, Gareth then moved to his current role which incorporates a wide range of responsibilities across both TWI and Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA).

Abbas Mohimi - Head of Public Funding and Regional Engagement

Abbas Mohimi

Head of Public Funding and Regional Engagement

Abbas is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in technology and innovation projects, a degree in electrical and electronics engineering and a PhD in sensor development.

He was involved in TWI’s first Innovation Centre with Brunel University London and later led the technical programme management of the National Structural Integrity Research Centre, a £150m initiative based at TWI. In addition, he secured and managed a £2m initiative to deliver training to under-represented groups in India and South East Asia.

Abbas also leads TWI’s Technology Transfer team, and more recently established Innovation Centre partnerships addressing net zero challenges including industrial decarbonisation, the circular economy and digitalisation.

Chris Beck - Director of Business and Skills

Chris Beck

Director of Business and Skills
Tees Valley Combined Authority

Dr Chris Beck is the Director for Business and Skills, and Group Director for Strategy and Policy, at the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA).

Prior to joining TVCA he worked at TWI-N focusing on regional development and Government engagement. Chris spent nine years as a technology specialist at UKTI travelling globally to support inward investment into the UK in high technology sectors.

After completing his bachelor and doctorate degrees at Leeds University, he started his career working in microelectronics and optoelectronic research and manufacturing at GEC Marconi.

Zulfiqur Ali - Innovation Partnership Director

Zulfiqur Ali

Innovation Partnership Director
Teesside University

Zulfiqur has wide experience of fostering innovation and knowledge exchange for business growth, and creating new businesses through consultancy, access to facilities and generating intellectual property.

He has led a number of regional, national and European projects, and developed key strategic partnerships. Zulfiqur has a first degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Instrumentation and Measurement Science.

His own expertise is in the development of smart miniaturised systems and he has published around 100 journals, book chapters and conference publications. He is also first named inventor on intellectual property for a novel optical detection technology.

Quentin Kopp - Chairman

Quentin Kopp

Pollywood Ltd

Quentin’s experience is in leading businesses and creating strong teams with empowered and innovative cultures, which deliver superior results for all stakeholders.

After leading large subsidiary companies of a FTSE 100 B2B manufacturing business, Quentin worked as an independent consultant internationally with large manufacturing PLCs, and a variety of SMEs from start up to established and successful.

In addition, he lectured and supervised Masters’ students at Warwick Manufacturing Group at Warwick University for over 20 years. Quentin is determined to create good quality manufacturing jobs on Teesside.

Marcin Lisowski - Head of Data Analysis and Customer Success Director

Marcin Lisowski

Head of Data Analysis and Customer Success Director

Marcin Lisowski is a co-founder of Bubo.AI and works as Head of Data Analysis and Customer Success Director. His role focuses on building a customer base in the UK market and establishing Bubo.AI operations in Europe.

He previously worked as a Head of Data Analytics for a Fortune 500 company overseeing projects that aimed to improve business efficiency in pricing and stock optimisation.

Marcin has a degree in Logistics and Supply Chain, and an MBA in International Business. He was also recently awarded Fellowship of the National Innovation Centre for Data (Newcastle University).

For more information please email: