14 July 2022 | Innovation | Our Work

Innovation Festival in words

Last week’s inaugural Innovation Festival demonstrated the importance of bringing together local authorities, central government, the supply chain, associations and academia.

The festival received an overwhelmingly positive response from those that attended, with some hailing it as ‘the best event they have attended’.

The event took place at Newark Showground on 06 – 07 July and was established to ‘make the case for innovation’.

Here we recap the event, not in our words, but those of the attendees:


“Can I thank you all for what was a fantastic couple of days at this event. A great opportunity to explore and learn more about what is going on ‘out there’ as well as network with like minded professionals and all superbly well organised! Well done to all.

The future of the industry needs more of it.”

John Kelly

Assistant Director – Highways & Engineering Highways & Engineering Division Directorate of Place,

Bolton Council (Festival Delegate and LCRIG Council Member)



“I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for enabling KERBED IT to attend.

It was a brilliant couple of days, the interest and validation we received from so many councils and individuals was unbelievable.

The result of the festival really is a testament to the hard work you and your team put in on our behalf, so thank you, and please extend my thank you to your team as well.”

Bradley Abbott

Managing Director, KERBED-IT (Festival Exhibitor and LCRIG Associate Member)



“Just to say a massive thank you for all your friendly, accommodating and seamless support and organisation, such pivotal work made the whole experience really fantastic.

It was brilliant event with so many excellent exhibitors, speakers and networking opportunities as well as the festival entertainment, but without doubt you all made it a great experience and success for us attending. You are all absolute stars and it was great to have met you.”

James Malcolm

North Yorkshire County Council (Festival Delegate and LCRIG Council Member)



“I just wanted to offer Leeds City Council’s congratulations and sincere thanks for what was an extremely informative, well run and enjoyable event.

Right through from the venue, papers, exhibitors, live demonstrations, refreshments, transport, accommodation and entertainment (the magician was amazing), it was a pleasure to have been a delegate and I am aware that my colleagues feel the same.

Ian Moore
Highways Asset Manager, Leeds City Council (Festival Delegate and LCRIG Council Member)



“I wanted to say a huge thanks to all the team for the Innovation Festival at Newark. It was a great event and without asking, everyone I was speaking with said what a great job you are doing through LCRIG. You seem to have the knack of reaching parts of the industry that others cannot.”

Trevor Thompson
Business Manager, Roadtechs (Festival Delegate and LCRIG Associate Member)



“Just a quick email to firstly say thank you and well done on delivering an absolutely brilliant event last week. 

It was a great couple of days and for Meon it gave us an excellent opportunity to share the work we are doing to help drive towards net zero highways, to a huge number of people. It was a great event for us.”

Neil Potter,

Head of Marketing, Meon Ltd (Festival Exhibitor and LCRIG Associate Member)



Head over to the LCRIG LinkedIn page to read more comments on the event. 


A big thank you to our event sponsors and exhibitors:


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