Idea of the Year Results…

Well the beginning of November was our annual Idea of the Year competition, once again this year, the final was held in conjunction with our annual conference.

There were over 100 ideas submitted from all sectors of our membership and indeed from all over the world. Once a shortlist was decided on, we invited the finalists to our conference to carry out a brief interview with the judges to explain the idea and the benefits it has brought to the organisation. Continue reading


Sponsorship Opportunities 2012

One of the reasons why our Idea of the Year competition is free to enter, is that most of the cost of running the awards are covered by sponsors.

Our competition is seen as THE awards ceremony for employee driven innovation and attracts entries from all over the world.

Previous sponsors of our awards have included, HSBC, Bupa, Boots, Legal and General, Lloyds TSB and many others.

As we have changed the structure of our awards this year, we have a number of opportunities available for organisations to sponsor category trophies. The new awards are listed below: Continue reading

Announcing the International Ideas Week 2012 official sponsor

We are very proud to say that Improlity Ltd have kindly agreed to sponsor International Ideas Week 2012.

Improlity Ltd is the leading software supplier of ideas management, project portfolio management and quality management software worldwide.

We have been working with Improlity Ltd to provide organisations with even more ways to improve their staff suggestion schemes.

So join us and Improlity at International Ideas Week 14 – 18 May 2012

Cardiff 10th May – Engagement and how important it is to business? – Hosted by the Wales Audit Office.

Cardiff –

London 15th May – Ideas and Innovation – Unleashing the creativity of employees! – Hosted by the Ministry of Defence.

London –

Both these events are FREE, but places are limited, to book your place at either of these events please register at the links above:

The Twitter account is @ideasweek2012 and the hashtag for the event will be #iiw2012

So what one idea would make your week better?

Idea of the Year Competition 2012

Seen by many organisations as THE employee suggestions competition worldwide, it is time once again to submit your ideas to the ideasUK Idea of the Year Competition.

Adrian Robbins
Idea of the Year Winner

The awards are changing slightly this year. We have refined the categories for 2012 to make them more relevant for organisations. The new categories and descriptions can be found below.


Awarded in recognition of the suggestion that demonstrates the greatest contribution to the conservation of natural resources, protecting the natural environment or sustainable project. Also ideas that benefit the community outside the business.

Health and Safety

Awarded in recognition of the suggestion that demonstrates the greatest contribution to the improvement in health and safety of products, services or the workplace.

Customer Focus

Awarded in recognition of the suggestion that demonstrates the greatest positive impact to the customer or an idea which has been developed which puts the customer first.

Continuous Improvement

Awarded in the recognition of ideas which raises the general awareness and importance of continuous improvement within the organisation and improves the way in which work is planned and implemented.

Value for Money

Awarded in recognition of the suggestion that demonstrates the greatest cost savings, cost avoidance or income generation.

Global Award

Awarded in recognition of the suggestion that demonstrated the greatest global impact for an organisation.

Innovation Award

Awarded in recognition of the suggestion which demonstrates the best in original thinking to achieve improvement. As well as truly innovative ideas, this can also include the application of existing ideas or procedures in an entirely new context.

Idea of the Year

The idea considered to be the best of all shortlisted entries.

There is no entry fee. A condition of entry is that shortlisted finalists are required to attend our conference on 8th & 9th November 2012, and finalist’s organisations are required to provide a display giving details of the idea at the Annual Conference.

All entries will be assessed by an independent panel of judges who will shortlist between 20-30 ideas and the suggestors will have an opportunity at the conference to discuss their idea with the judges during an informal session of no more than fifteen minutes.

The closing date for entries is 30th April 2012 and ideasUK members can find the entry form in the member’s area of our website.

Non members are more than welcome to contact us at to see how you can be involved in this year’s competition.

Conference Sponsorship 2011

Every year ideasUK provides a forum where experts in Suggestion and Innovation Schemes from all over the world will attend and speak and share best practice. This year its 25th International Conference will be held at the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff on the 9-10th November 2011.

ideasUK also organises the ‘Idea of the Year’ competition in recognition of the most significant ideas implemented by organisations throughout the calendar year. This competition seeks to recognise employees and organisations for their outstanding ideas. Continue reading