Monday, 7 April 2014

Med ePad Success Study - Recruit a graduate and receive up to £3,000 funding for training


Med ePad is a growing technology company providing innovative mobile solutions to the health sector. Based in Liverpool Science Park, they have developed numerous applications used across the NHS. Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Rob Connell, contacted Dr Lisa Baldwin, Sector Manager for Life Sciences at the Liverpool City Region LEP for support with their business growth. 


“The LEP is committed to supporting business growth and job creation. We help local companies to grow by accessing the knowledge base or appropriate funding streams and the Stepping Stones programme is an important addition to our activity. We are delighted to work closely with the University of Liverpool to support Med ePad, part of Liverpool’s thriving biomedical cluster, with the recruitment of a graduate. The company’s mHealth technology is a good fit with the wider plans for economic growth and we will watch its development with interest”

Med ePad’s experience shows how the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool City Region LEP can provide support, funding and expertise to growing SMEs across Merseyside. Dr. Simon Longden explains how the University of Liverpool’s Business Gateway team is equipped with the skills, knowledge and resources to produce tangible benefits to businesses:

“We are very keen to ensure that the University’s expertise is made widely available to companies like Med ePad and other businesses and organisations in the City Region. My team of expert Business Managers can help businesses access a wide range of support and dedicated resources from the University including the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme, regarded as the most successful in the UK and, Graduate to Merseyside, which has helped place over 400 graduates - helping to deliver positive benefits through filling real skills gaps in a wide range of companies. From life sciences to engineering, management to manufacturing, science and the arts, we have a long established track record of working successfully with businesses in a variety of ways, ensuring maximum success for ventures new and established.”

Through the University of Liverpool’s Graduate to Merseyside service, Jane Forster was able to source Alexandra Kokkinaki, an Electrical & Computer Engineering graduate with a Masters and PhD in Medical Informatics, as well as significant experience in medical technologies and applications. By working with the University of Liverpool and the LEP, Med ePad was also entitled to funding of up to £3,000 for specialist training through the Stepping Stones initiative. This training allowance can be used to help successful candidates develop any specific skills that can directly benefit your business.

Alexandra is already making an impact and working on the latest addition to the Med ePad portfolio of products – a Nursing Observation solution. The training support package through Stepping Stones is also being put to good use helping Alexandra top up her skills in ASP.NET.

Rob was extremely happy with the service and support he received from the University of Liverpool and the LEP:

“An excellent service that has allowed us to expedite our program to the health economy, by not only employing the correct skills, but also having the potential for enhancing those skills where needed.”

To find out more about how the University of Liverpool or Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership can assist your company through services like Graduate to Merseyside and Stepping Stones please see the contacts below.

Graduate to Merseyside
T. 0151 794 5112
E. gradopps@liv.ac.uk

Stepping Stones

Lisa Baldwin
T. 0151 237 3913
E. lisa.baldwin@liverpoollep.org