Who are ideasUK and how can membership benefit us?


As a membership association we work with you. Your membership entitles you to an analysis of your training requirements without obligation. We take pride in the professionalism of our training services and advice. More importantly, should you decide on our training services, you are not purchasing a one off event. Joining ideasUK entitles you to continuing help, advice, support and assistance.

ideasUK conference workshopWe give presentations to senior management highlighting the benefits to be gained from involving staff and the importance of their role in the success of a scheme. We work within organisations to assist with the development of efficient and effective programmes, as well as helping develop business and marketing plans and promoting the programme through posters and other communication methods.

All training and presentations are tailored to meet individual organisational requirements.

Membership (opens PDF) of ideasUK gives you the following – at no additional cost:

  • Attendance at regular networking meetings nationwide
  • Annual benchmarking survey
  • Individual benchmarking report
  • ideasUK International Ideas Week™ organisational support
  • Advice and guidance 52 weeks a year
  • Direct contact with 100’s of other suggestion scheme managers/administrators
  • Entry to the ideasUK Idea of the Year Competition
  • Opportunity to gain official ideasUK accreditation
  • Discounted rates for the annual ideasUK conference – two days of keynote presentations, workshops, scheme briefs and networking opportunities

Access to the members’ room of the website which includes:

  • Case Studies
  • Guidance on setting up and maintaining the momentum of a programme
  • Hints and tips on effective evaluation
  • Library of papers presented at previous conferences
  • Continually updated membership directory
  • Online discussion group
  • Information, advice and guidance – and much more

Suggestion Scheme workshop

The association was conceived in 1986 as a result of the first BBC Ideas Unlimited programme from Pebble Mill, Birmingham. The televised awards for the best scheme and the best idea went to Lucas Industries and British Airways respectively.

The United Kingdom Association of Suggestion Schemes (UKASS) was formally launched on 7 May 1987 under the auspices of The Industrial Society (now The Work Foundation), at a conference held in London.

The founding members were:

  • James McConville   British Airways
  • Andrew Wood          British Rail
  • David Atkinson         Department of Health and Social Security
  • John Bradley            Colt International
  • Colin Green              Rolls-Royce
  • Ron Underwood       Rover Group
  • Bryn Brooks             BBC
  • Jean Balcombe        Industrial Society

ideasUK has never lost sight of its original aim of supporting organisations in promoting suggestion programmes and this is just as important today as it was when the association first met in 1986.

The second annual conference was held in London on 11 May 1988. The BBC’s Business Matters series on BBC 2 televised this event and there were also interviews on the Today Programme for Radio 4 and LBC (a London radio station).

The third annual conference was held in London on 1 August 1989 and was again televised for BBC 2.

In October 1991 UKASS Ltd was incorporated as a private Limited Liability Company and in June 1992 UKASS became a registered charity.

In June 1998 the working name of the association was changed to ideasUK. The association now has around 100 member organisations ranging from local governments through to manufacturing and financial institutions.

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