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Costain Launches Innovation Initiative

9 April 2013

Costain is calling on innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and members of the general public to come and present new and exciting ideas at a series of nationwide events due to take place in May.

The initiative is called Blue Innovation Futures and has been set up to support Costain’s Engineering Tomorrow, the Group’s commitment to identifying, developing and implementing innovative solutions to major national needs.

Costain’s innovation leadership team will be hosting events in Sheffield (May 13th), Cardiff (15th) and London (May 17th) to try and identify new products and services that will help to meet the needs of its customers.

“These events further strengthen Costain’s commitment to innovation and technology within our industry, which is essential if we are to remain as one of the UK’s leading engineering solutions providers,” said Tim Embley, Costain’s Group Innovation and Knowledge Manager.

The Blue Innovation Futures events are open to its supply chain and members of the public and follows on from the success of Costain Start-Ups which was launched last year. Employees were invited to submit their innovative business ideas for consideration and, if chosen, the Company invested and provided the necessary resources for it to succeed.  As a result there are now successful ideas being used for the benefit of Costain’s customers.   

“We are looking to harness the knowledge and experience of our business partners, entrepreneurs and members of the general public to help build a more sustainable business and meet the growing demands of our customers,” said Tim.

Alan Kay, Costain’s Group Technical & Operations Director sponsoring the initiative, said: “We see this as an opportunity to identify new innovation, to solve our customers’ challenges and to meet the national need for strategic infrastructure.  We are looking forward to identifying and developing new business ventures generated by Blue Innovation Futures.”  

For more information or to register for the event, please click on the following links:


Blue Innovation Futures Poster

You can also follow the Blue Innovation team on Twitter: @Engineering2mo