Category: Blog

The North is brimming with opportunity for active national investors looking for fresh prospects and innovative new projects

By Estelle Blanks Estelle is Executive Director of the Innovation SuperNetwork, who’s work to support business growth by embedding innovative practice includes delivering access to finance events, including Entrepreneurs of the North and FinanceCamp. According to research by Beauhurst, UK businesses saw the highest levels of investment on record in 2017. Despite this, investment levels […]

How ‘Deep Listening’ Can Help You Find Your Voice

Daniel Roe, CEO of messaging company Concision, explains how powering up our listening skills can help encourage innovation. “Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.”Bernard Baruch (1870 – 1965), US financier and philanthropist What’s the connection between innovation and listening? This is a question we’ve been […]

Do You Understand Innovation?

In today’s Innovation SuperNetwork blog, management consultant and innovation professor, Michael Coates, guides us through the fundamentals of innovation. It is a shame that “innovation” does not rhyme with “love”, as singing “innovation is all around us” would certainly help to get over one of the key messages that organisations need to understand. This simple truth […]

Innovation is Alive and Well in the North East

Carole White, CEO at TEDCO Business Support explains why the North East should be optimistic about a bright and innovative future in business.  Innovation is a term that is often thrown around in the business community. But it isn’t always clear what constitutes innovation and what is merely good practice within an enterprise. Business leaders […]

Preparing to Procure

Ben Gilhespy, Director of Operations at CDEMN talks about the problems facing procurement in the engineering and manufacturing industry and how to overcome it.  Many smaller engineering and manufacturing businesses are looking to break into larger companies but fall foul of a complex purchasing protocol. This is frequently only realised after their initial engagement which went […]

Supply Chain, You’re Invited

Alan Whittaker, Programme Manager at Supply Chain North East explains how businesses can benefit from learning more about the supply chain.  I know in my experience of working alongside businesses which want to grow in their existing or supporting new supply chains there are a number of challenges which exist. Aside from the current political […]

Alex Marsh from Maven speaks to Boiler Plan MD, Ian Henderson

Alex Marsh, Investment Manager at Maven, caught up with Boiler Plan Managing Director, Ian Henderson, to find out how the £2.15m investment from Maven’s VCTs and North East Development Capital Fund has helped the business accelerate the growth of its disruptive ‘digital first’ service for the sale and installation of boilers. Boiler Plan has achieved […]