6 Key Takeaways from the ‘Helping North East SMEs with Remote Working’ Webinar

Despite more businesses working remotely than ever before, nobody anticipated most of the world’s businesses needing to go fully virtual. Whether you’re a mostly remote team or a large organisation that only operates on desktop computers, there were few businesses prepared to go fully remote and all situations come with their share of challenges in […]

Connecting the Dots to Deliver Innovation in the North East of England

Graham Hillier, former Director of Strategy and Futures at CPI The North East has been a powerhouse of global innovation for the last 150 years. The work done in the region on ship building, steelmaking and chemicals changed the way we live. In recent times we’ve changed direction but continued to drive innovation in the […]

Final call for €5,000 worth of support available to SMEs in the North East

By Estelle Blanks, Executive Director at Innovation SuperNetwork. The latest opportunity from the Open Innovation 2.0LAB (OI2.0LAB) is an open call for SMEs in the North East to access cutting-edge support and guidance to help them innovate and businesses have just one more week left to apply. Successful applicants will receive a €5,000 voucher that […]

Don’t Panic. Plan: How to navigate challenging economic and political times

Chief Executive at TEDCO Business Support, Carole White Anyone who has ever attempted to run a business knows that life as an entrepreneur is rarely smooth sailing. Setbacks and scares are all part of the process, especially during times when the economic and political landscape are, shall we say, turbulent. Dealing with periods of uncertainty […]

Understanding Confidentiality and Licensing for Your Business

Every business, big or small, will own or use some form of intellectual property (IP) but in many cases don’t realise that it’s one of the most valuable assets you can own. The four main types of IP rights are: Patents – which protects the processes that make things work Designs – which protects the […]

Spiders’ webs and neurons

By Estelle Blanks, Executive Director at Innovation SuperNetwork The ENGIE Innovation Showcase a real-life analogy to innovation ecosystems in action. When I was preparing for my keynote speech for the ENGIE Innovation Showcase, I looked for clever ways to explain Innovation Ecosystems. So, when ENGIE descended on the Newcastle Helix on 19th June as part […]

Talent Acquisition and Retention – Critical for a successful business

By Ben Gilhespy, Operations Director at Engineering & Manufacturing Network. We hear a tremendous amount of positivity in the press around low unemployment figures and in reality, its true. Whilst the North East is currently seeing slightly higher unemployment than the national average we are still at very low levels, and recognise that it’s impossible […]

What does the NWG Innovation Festival have in store for 2019?

By Nigel Watson, NWG Group Information Services Director With Northumbrian Water’s biggest ever Innovation Festival only two weeks away the festival founder and creator Nigel Watson shares his thoughts on how it’s shaping up. Here at NWG we are hurtling inexorably towards our third Innovation Festival at an alarming, and quite unbelievable rate.  It’s only […]