A business development manager has been appointed to source new revenue streams for a lighting research centre at Birmingham Science Park.
Paul Williams joins the photonics research and development team at the park’s Optical Performance Centre; a test and measurement laboratory which specialises in the optical performance of new lighting and photonics technology.
A £770,000 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project is run from the centre which enables SMEs with prototype and early-stage designs for new low-carbon lighting solutions to take advantage of support into research and development.
Mr Williams, who has worked in the lighting industry for 23 years, started as a lab technician and spent five years working with local authority and government bodies promoting energy saving road and street lighting. Latterly he has worked with two start-ups to promote low cost/energy saving LED downlighters.
CEO of Birmingham Science Park Dr David Hardman said: “Paul has an impressive track record in to promoting advances in solid state lighting and developing long term relationships with many leading players and companies in the lighting industry.
“The park’s Optical Performance Centre undertakes commissions from companies based within the region, as well as from national and international clients, highlighting the regard in which our facilities and team are held by the sector.
“We required a business development manager to take the centre forwards by creating and developing new revenue streams. With Paul in this role, the opportunities for growth are excellent.”
Mr Williams will assist with the park’s annual euroLED Conference, Gala Dinner and Exhibition being held at the NEC in June and will also coordinate and promote technical training programmes and seminars for the lighting industry.
He said: “This is a brilliant opportunity to promote an outstanding facility for an industry that I have loved working in for 23 years and counting. The Optical Performance Centre is seeing some highly exciting innovations, both from local companies and further afield. The whole industry is undergoing significant growth at present, especially amongst SMEs. It is this end of the market that we can assist the most, through the £770,000 ERDF project for research and development into prototype and early-stage designs for new low-carbon lighting solutions.”