Paul set-up a Knowledge Transfer Network in the East of England, to support regional innovation and job creation by putting in place mechanisms to stimulate new business spin-outs from the High Tech Industries based in the area.
Paul brought to the table, some of the major employers represented in the region, including British Telecom, Nokia, GSK and McCann Erickson. He brought these together with the University of Cambridge and a group of venture capitalists seeking to invest in new, high-tech, start-ups and spin-outs.
After securing European Commission Innovation Action funding the network grew to become a spoke in a trans-Europe Innovation hub; with partners from the academic and high-tech sectors in Barcelona and Madrid, Stockholm, Rhone Alps & Ile de France, Stutggart & Helsinki.
In terms of legacy management Paul was subsequently able to influence the Regional Development Agency to provide a mainstream home for this work.
This work also received two European Labels of Excellence under Paul’s leadership.