Five of the toughest questions a potential buyer might ask

When you run your own business, there are frequent and often familiar issues to resolve. However, when you come to sell, you face an unfamiliar challenge. Potential buyers will want to get under the bonnet of your business and ask all kinds of questions, some of which you may have never considered. Below are five […]

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. Find out why understanding confidentiality and licensing may be key to business success. The four main types of IP rights are: Patents – […]

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 […]

Celebrating the boring; a pragmatic approach to growth and investment

By Simon Green, CEO Innovation SuperNetwork Last week, I was part of a panel discussion at the Connected Investing event run by UK Business Angels Association and Innovate UK. The panel, which was expertly hosted by James Bedford from Tech Nation, highlighted some important points that I think are worth sharing more widely. Conversations about […]

BioFocus: Focusing on the vibrant and innovative Life Science sector in the North East

By Geoff Davison, CEO at Bionow Innovation is intrinsic to Life Sciences. The sector continues to produce new therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices and pharmaceutical products at an incredible rate, with the North East of England an emerging hotbed for innovative and exciting research. This was evident at the Bionow Awards last year with 9 outstanding […]

Top Take Away Tips from Digital Union’s Developing Talent Event

Alex Hill, Digital Marketing Lead at Digital Union summarises the top tips offered to over 40 businesses at the recent Digital Union Breakfast Networking event, which focuses on ‘Developing Talent’. ‘After some discussion amongst the Digital Union team and our Member base, we decided we wanted to open our events not just to the Director […]

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 […]