Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Firms urged to apply for free places on innovation workshops

SMEs across North and West Yorkshire are encouraged to apply for places on the upcoming round of fully-funded two-day workshops designed to help them innovate.

Delivered by the University of York and building on the success of previous rounds, these workshops will provide stimulating, thought-provoking seminars tailored to the needs of each participating business.  Delivered by highly experienced practitioners offering practical, real-world expertise and tools, each business works on the development of an innovation plan that can be applied directly to their business.

Gary Thompson from Smartflow Couplings completed his Innovation Plan after an earlier  workshop and said: “Not only were there some great strategic business tips but a lot of contacts from the University that I will make use of.”

The topics covered include: strategies for growth; dynamics of change – looking at social, technological, economic and environmental factors; creating a competitive advantage; process efficiency and effectiveness; innovation tools and techniques; marketing strategies and risk, reward and financial planning.

James Buffoni from the Ryedale Group said: “The programme was highly valuable to our business. The course was tailored to our requirements with tools that were used in the business the following morning.”

The next round of workshops takes place in Leeds on 23rd October and Huddersfield on 8th November.  Both workshops will conclude on the 27th November 2019.

For a business to be eligible to attend they must employ fewer than 250 people, have turnover of less than €50m, and be able to send participants who have significant responsibility for innovation.

Karen Drum, Project Development Manager and organiser of the workshops, said: “We want as many companies as possible to take advantage of this workshop offer.  Innovation is vital to business growth and the knowledge and techniques gained at these workshops will help companies to develop new products or expand their current range.”

The workshop programme is delivered by the University of York as part of the Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  PAPI provides grants for equipment that enables innovation through new product development.

To register an interest call the PAPI Project on 01904 328076.

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