Business Innovation Workshops

14 April 2021

Innovation Vouchers’ 7-week programme offers the concepts, tools, and techniques needed to create a culture of innovation and drive your business growth.

Are you looking for new ideas to take your business forward?

Coming up with new ideas for your business can be a great way to overcome obstacles, and can lead to the realisation of new products, services and processes. 

Sometimes it can be hard to implement this on your own, and this is where our Business Innovation Workshops can help to introduce you to new ways of thinking, tools and techniques to try, and a great space to generate and share your ideas with like-minded professionals. 

Visit the official event page here, or see details for the event below.

Business Innovation Workshops: 7 Week Programme

Wednesdays: 14 April 2021 – 26 May 2021

10.00am – 1.00pm

Our business support specialists will help SMEs* develop new knowledge, experiment with practical exercises, and drive innovation across three specific topics:

• Envisioning Growth for Innovation

• Strategy and Leadership for Innovation

• Marketing for Innovation

You will gain an understanding of the concepts, tools, and techniques needed to create a culture of innovation and develop a framework to implement in your own company to drive business growth.

During our 7-week online programme, we will help you to identify, understand, and assess your company’s strategic and cultural abilities, and create a business environment of innovation and growth:

• 14.4.21: Developing a Strategy for your Business (3 hrs)

• 21.4.21: The BIG 10 Capabilities of Growth (2 hrs)

• 28.4.21: Marketing in Turbulent Times and Understanding Customers (3 hrs)

• 5.5.21: Innovation, Leadership and Culture for Innovation (2 hrs)

• 12.5.21: Entrepreneurial Process, Competitive Positioning, and Business Modelling (2 hrs)

• 19.5.21: Scanning and Analysing your Environment (3 hrs)

• 26.5.21: Understanding and Developing your Value Proposition (3 hrs)

Innovation is crucial to the success of any organisation.

Important Information

7-Week Programme

The programme comprises 7 topics and participants need to cover all sessions across the workshops to gain the full benefit of the content. Please select Register above to secure your ticket for each of the 7 workshops.

On completion, delegates receive a prestigious ‘Managing Innovation in Business Certificate‘.

Innovation Vouchers

SMEs in need of a cash injection to drive innovation and growth could be eligible for up to £2,500 match-funding through the Innovation Vouchers scheme.

Eligibility Criteria

The programme is only available to those businesses located within the GBSLEP area: Birmingham, Solihull, Bromsgrove, Redditch, and Wyre Forest (based upon Kidderminster), through funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Businesses must be in an eligible sector. See this page for more details:

Have received less than €200,000 de minimis state aid in the last three years*

Meet the European Union definition of a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) i.e. employ less than 250 full-time staff (or equivalent), have an annual turnover of no more than 50 million euros and/or annual balance sheet no more than 43 million euros. See this page for more details:

De Minimis State Aid

The support we plan to provide through the workshops will comply with the State Aid rules using the de minimis exemption (in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013, OJ L 352/1). Under this exemption a single undertaking may receive up to the limit of €200,000 of De Minimis aid from the Member State within which it does business and which provides the aid over any period of three fiscal years.

To attend the workshops, you will be asked to complete a Statement of Previous Aid received under the De Minimis exemption and arrange for a director of your business to sign it. Using this information we will assess your eligibility to receive assistance.

*The value of the aid under this initiative to attend the full workshop series is £1,749.24 which at the current European conversion rate is €2,024.40. An up-to-date figure may be provided to you. You may need to declare this amount in the future.