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

IdeasUK – Who are we exactly and what do we do?


Well, the starting point would be to say what we’re not – We are not consultants!

IdeasUK is a not for profit, charity, membership organisation, run by our members for our members.

Our membership ranges from organisations with 250 employees up to 500,000 employees from a wide range of backgrounds and industries.
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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 – Matthew Hall, Welsh Government


Now we have introduced all the Keynote Speakers for the Conference, we are moving on to the Workshop presenters. This week meet Matthew Hall who works for the Welsh Government:

Matthew Hall - Investing in InnovationRe:New – Investing in Innovation

Matthew leads a suite of projects within the Welsh Government to develop greater innovation amongst its 5,000 civil service staff. This work is at the heart of the organisation’s response to shrinking budgets and the need to look for new ways to deliver.

Working with the Permanent Secretary, the Director-Generals and staff at all levels, Matthew’s portfolio has included both bottom-up and top-down approaches to innovation, with the intention to deliver a more congenial culture for creative action in a work environment not normally associated with such an approach.

An introduction to “Re-New”, the Welsh Government’s staff suggestion scheme.

The presentation will detail the development journey to date and will cover the approach to date and will cover the approach taken to generating ideas, how the best are selected and supported as well as an outline of the approach taken to measure the impact of innovative ideas received through the scheme.

ideasUK conference brochures can be found at the links below.

ideasUK Conference 2011 Brochure

Conference Masterclass Information and Booking Form

Conference 2011 Booking Form

Conference 2011 Booking Information

So what are you waiting for? Get your booking form back to us today, we look forward to seeing you in Cardiff in November.

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

ideasUK Conference 2011 – Keynote Spotlight – Bruce Sayers – Bruce Sayers Associates Ltd


This week we would like to introduce Bruce Sayers from Bruce Sayers Associates Ltd, who will be another great keynote speakers at our anuual ideasUK Conference in November.

Bruce SayersOwner of Bruce Sayers Associates Limited, a consultancy providing expertise to organisations that wish to implement technology in support of new reward policies and procedures. He has gained expertise designing and implementing business enhancing policies covering pay, benefits and recognition programmes whilst working within national and multi-national businesses within the financial services, property retail, telecommunications and logistics sectors. Continue reading

ideasUK Conference 2011 – Keynote Spotlight – Colin Hodgson – Edenred Ltd


Continuing our series of posts featuring speakers who will be at the ideasUK conference, this week we introduce Colin Hodgson from Edenred Ltd.

Developing and delivering an engaging employee programme in the age of social media

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Conference 2011 – Keynote Spotlight – John Conoley, CEO, Psion


Last week we featured Mark Toner, in the first of our series of blog posts featuring speakers for the ideasUK conference in November. This week we introduce John Conoley who is the CEO at Psion.

John joined Psion in 2008 and has 25 years’ experience in the technology industry.

John Conoley, Keynote Speaker for ideasUK idea management conferenceJohn has been closely involved in sales and market development throughout his career. He has significant experience of working with both direct channels to market and also channel partners such as Value Added Resellers (VARs), Distributors, Systems Integrators and Developers.

The first half of John’s career was spent at IBM, where he held a range of technical roles, direct and channel sales roles, and marketing positions. His first experience of working with channel partners was in the late ‘80s through AS400 and PC Resellers. His later experience included running an EMEA VAR and OEM business unit. Continue reading

ideasUK Conference 2011 – Keynote Spotlight – Mark Toner – BT Openreach.


In the count down to our conference we thought it would be a good idea to give you some background on our keynote speakers.

We start this series by look at Mark Toner:Mark Toner keynote speaker for IdeasUK idea management conference

Mark was appointed General Manager of BT Openreach Innovation and Future Options in 2007 and has responsibility for the management of all new idea and innovation initiatives, including innovation research.

Previously he held general management positions in roles covering strategic options, advanced product development and broadband deployment. Continue reading