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5 stages for successful creative problem solving

Creative problem solving works. If you really want to solve a problem, use creative problem solving. This will enable you to harness all those ideas hidden away in your head and in the heads of your team, customers and bosses. If you’re fed up with the same-old brainstorming approach. Try this instead. 1. Set the […]

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Using ecollaboration for innovation

Innovation is a vital ingredient in raising the productivity, competitiveness and growth potential of every organisation that wishes to survive in today’s fast moving economies. A key part of Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas. These can be ideas for products, services or processes. It includes both radical new ideas and incremental changes […]

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How to be more creative

Be more creative? Only arty people can do that. Right? Wrong! Anyone can be more creative Having worked with hundreds of people over many years, I have often been told this, but have yet to meet anyone who can’t be more creative! With the right support, tools and encouragement, anyone can be more creative. Your […]

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Growth Vouchers

UK Government pays 50% of the cost of using a Consultant!

I’m pleased to confirm that I have been approved to provide support under the new government grant ‘Growth Vouchers’. This will pay up to £2000 towards business advice, which you have to match. You can only use this with approved advisers. This is available to any small business with less than 50 employees and who has not paid for business advice in the past 3 years.

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Business Innovation or Conservation

Business Innovation, or Conservation ?

We all talk about the importance of Innovation; that you should focus on new ideas, new services, new markets etc. But, in our enthusiasm, often forget that the monetary benefits can take a long time to come to fruition. So should we, instead, focus all our efforts on conserving our existing business? In the current economic climate, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of focusing only on short term survival. Sure, for some of us, this IS the only option. But without investment in the future, in your next great product or service, there will come a moment when there is no more business, because the rest of the market has moved on.

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Successful Innovators Collaborate (Secrets 4)

Most small businesses are very good at what they do, but often don’t have all the skills necessary to implement a great idea. Successful innovators don’t let this put them off, and are not afraid to collaborate with other companies that do have those skills. They also know that exchanging ideas with businesses in other […]

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Successful Innovators have a process (Secrets 3)

Now you may be thinking ‘hey, innovation is a creative process, surely it should be free and open?’ But ideas need managing, assessing and reducing to the best ideas. Some of them will appear, at first glance, to be completely inappropriate. But  without an objective process, you may miss the best . Successful Innovators know […]

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17 ways to be more Innovative

Top Left of a post-it-note Big companies generally have more resources for Innovation, but smaller companies can still learn from what they do. Here are some ideas from the most Innovative, based on a recent BCG (Boston Consulting Group) survey of 1,070 senior executives to find the worlds most Innovative companies.

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Implementing a new idea

Developing a new product, service or process can be a difficult and complex undertaking. If you have not had experience of implementing a new idea before, you may lack the skills and experience to plan and manage the project effectively. You need to evaluate, in detail, how sound your preparation is, what resources you need and […]

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Creative problem solving workshop QuickStorm

You have probably experienced conventional brainstorming before, where someone stands in front of a flip chart and write up ideas one at a time. This person will usually only write up the ideas they like and understand. About 4 hours later, you have maybe 50 ideas. Would you like a way to generate more ideas, […]

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Business innovation skills workshop

Developing and Implementing Ideas According to independent reports, you are more than 3 times as likely to be a successful business if you have new ideas. As a recent government report on Innovation states, without new ideas, companies in the UK will be unable to compete successfully against new products and services developing economies are […]

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Inspiration and innovation

“Business innovation is a vital ingredient in raising the productivity, competitiveness and growth potential of modern economies.” Business innovation is a key element to entrepreneurship and anyone who aspires to be either an entrepreneur (external entrepreneurship) or an intrapreneur (internal entrepreneurship). Essentially, Innovation is the successful exploitation of new good business ideas. These can be […]

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What is Innovation?

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Business innovation is a vital ingredient in raising the productivity, competitiveness and growth potential of modern economies. Essentially, Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas. These can be ideas for products, services or processes. It includes both radical new ideas and incremental changes to existing ones. All businesses can, and should, innovate.

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