Anglian Water is challenging innovators to create the water company of the future and showcase their pioneering technology at two events this month.

Through the Water Innovation Network (WIN), a joint initiative with economic development company Opportunity Peterborough, the water company is inviting suppliers to provide solutions to key challenges facing the industry to create a ‘Shop Window’ for best practice.

The event will be hosted by WIN on Friday 31st October at the Kingsgate Centre in Peterborough.

Anglian Water aims to find solutions to long-term challenges such as climate change and population growth and their component challenges, such as driving down leakage and increasing water efficiency to dealing with flooding and reducing carbon.

Steve Kaye, Anglian Water’s Head of Innovation, explains “We are challenging innovators, both big and small, to sit round the table with us and develop ideas to improve every aspect of our water cycle in the context of the environmental and operational challenges we will face in the future. The event is a unique opportunity for innovators to gain direct access to key decision-makers within our business. Senior managers from across the company will be hosting tables at the event to talk directly to suppliers.

“It’s called the shop window project because it’s about cherry picking the latest innovations, developing and piloting them for use in our wider business.”

The shop window event will be hosted by WIN on Friday 31st October at the KingsGate Conference centre in Peterborough. To register go to

An earlier Dragons’ Den-style event is also taking place on Friday 24th October where organisations can pitch their innovations to both the audience and a panel of water industry directors. The winning innovation will then go on to represent the Eastern Area at the National Innovation Awards in 2015.