Severn Trent invite local and regional businesses to help shape the future of water

9 October 2018

Severn Trent is supporting the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival for a second time this year by running a special workshop designed to help promote innovation in the water industry.

Building on the success of last year’s leakage design sprint and hackathon, Severn Trent will offer local businesses the opportunity to help shape and influence how the company operates using innovation.

Dr Bob Stear, Deputy Chief Engineer at Severn Trent, said “Last year’s event was absolutely fantastic in bringing a wide range of people together to use each other’s expertise to explore new and innovative ways to find leaks.

“We want to build on that success this year and utilise the expertise and knowledge within the region, to help us address the breadth of our innovation needs.”

Severn Trent will be sharing with participants some of the challenges the company, and the industry, face, and exploring new and innovative ways to improve customer experience.

“We’re really looking forward to exploring new, innovative ideas that we can use to help improve what we do as a business,” adds Bob. “Our industry is ever-evolving, so this festival is key in making sure we’re keeping ahead and putting our customers first by exploring new and innovative technology.”

Severn Trent’s Innovation Needs 2018

As well as sharing industry challenges, Severn Trent will be hosting an interactive session with support from The Future Water Association, which will allow businesses to engage and contribute to the company’s innovation needs.

Paul Horton, CEO of The Future Water Association, said “We’re delighted to partner with Severn Trent on what looks set to be a magnificent event. By collaborating with other organisations in the sector, we’ll be much better equipped to solve the similar challenges we face and more able drive innovation forward as a result.”

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Notes to editors

Severn Trent is the UK’s second biggest water company. It serves 4.4m homes and business customers in England and Wales. Its region stretches from mid-Wales to Rutland and from north and mid-Wales south to the Bristol Channel and east to the Humber. The company delivers almost two billion litres of water every day through 49,000km of pipes. A further 94,000km of sewer pipes take waste water away to more than 1,000 sewage treatment works.

To find out more about Severn Trent’s performance in comparison to other water companies go to &

Future Water Association is the business support organisation for the water sector. Its vision is to inspire, support and lead the water supply chain to meet demand from the water sector for greater efficiency, innovation and exceptional customer service.

The Future Water Association aims to shape the future of the water sector, through knowledge sharing; its innovation and networks hubs; thought leadership conferences; training courses and its Water Dragons and Skills for the Future competitions. Through these activities, it aims to influence and inspire the supply chain to develop innovative solutions, new ways of working and its ability to collaborate.

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To find out more about the Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival go to