I have two jobs…The story of Ricoh UK Products and Employee Engagement


In the third article from reviewing the speakers at our engagement event on the 5th July, we come to Ricoh UK Products.

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ideasUK Conference 2011 – Workshop Speaker – Chris Bolton – Calculating the Benefits from Innovation Programmes


A double post this week introducing workshop speakers for the ideasUK annual conference. Our second speaker this week is Chris Bolton, who works at the Welsh Audit Office, who will hold a workshop on: Calculating the Tangible and Intangible Benefits from Innovation Programmes.

Chris Bolton - Calculating the Benefits from Innovation ProgrammesChris has worked for a number of organisations that include water companies, the Environment Agency and District Audit. Continue reading

ideasUK Conference 2011 – Workshop Speaker – Sarah Dittrich – Success Factors and Best Practices


This week we would like to introduce Sarah Dittrich from Idea Management, who will be leading one of our many workshops at our conference.

Sarah Dittrich - Idea Management - Success Factors and Best PracticesSarah Dittrich studied Business and Economics at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany and at the York University Toronto, Canada majoring in International Relations, Marketing and Social Psychology. Continue reading

ideasUK Conference 2011 – Workshop Speaker – Jorn Lövström – SWOT & PEST analysis


Now we have introduced all the Keynote Speakers for the Conference, we are moving on to the Workshop presenters. This week meet Jorn Lövström:

Jorn Lövström - SWOT and PEST analysis workshop presenterCarrying out a SWOT and PEST analysis of your scheme

As a CIPD training professional with almost 20 years’ experience, Jorn began by delivering finance courses. During a departure into the world of ideas schemes, Jorn developed and managed the Ministry of Defence staff suggestion scheme (GEMS) before returning to his current training position, delivering senior management development training. Continue reading

Carrying out a SWOT analysis for the Suggestion Scheme


SWOT analysis is a strategic planning method used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats involved in managing the Suggestion Scheme.

It involves specifying the objectives of the programme and identifying the internal and external factors that are favourable and unfavourable to achieve that objective.

The technique is credited to Albert Humphrey, who led a convention at Stanford University in the 1960s and 1970s using data from Fortune 500 companies. Continue reading