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


Engagement the HSBC way

In the first of the articles after the Engagement event on Thursday 5th July, we have decided to focus on the ‘Best Place to Suggest’scheme from HSBC. As anyone who was at the presentation on Thursday will testifiy  the scheme is run with a great passion by Michael, Zufi and James and it is delivering great results for the bank in the United Kingdom.


Free Engagement Event – 5th July 2012

We still have some places left for the FREE Engagement Event in Cardiff on 5th July 2012.

We already have over 50 people booked for this event and it will be a great opportunity for you to network with other engagement professionals and share best practice. Continue reading

The Real Recipe for Innovation

Today’s guest post is written by Holly Green

When I talk to business leaders, I always ask about the most difficult challenges they face day in and day out. Increasingly, I’m hearing about how hard it is to innovate on a consistent basis.

This anecdotal evidence is now being supported by a recent McKinsey Global Survey that polled more than 2,200 senior executives around the globe on the challenges of managing innovation.

Eighty-four percent of the executives who responded said they consider innovation to be very or extremely important to their companies’ growth strategies. Yet, despite their emphasis on the importance of innovation, many of those executives feel that their companies are not doing a good job on following through on innovation as a strategic imperative. Continue reading

An Interview with Nationwide’s Elen Owens on their Successful Staff Suggestion Scheme

This is the first in a series of interviews where we will be questioning people who are involved with innovation and ideas programmes, how they have gone about setting them up and its benefits to their business, by creating increased profits, staff goodwill and enthusiasm. Our first interviewee is Elen Owens who is the scheme manager for Nationwide Building Society who have been members of ideasUK for over 10 years.

Who do you work for? Please tell us a little about them.

I work for Nationwide Building Society, based in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. It’s in the financial sector with 19 administration, contact and technology centres, plus approximately 700 branches. Which means we have about 15,783 permanent employees and an ever changing number of temporary and contract workers. Continue reading

IdeasUK Update May 2011

Annual Survey

The Annual Survey 2011 entry date has been extended!!

Once again this year we will be carrying out the survey in conjunction with our sister organisations within the USA, UAE and Germany. This is the ideal opportunity for you to benchmark your scheme with organisations worldwide. Every organisation who completes the survey by the 20th May 2011 will get a free in-depth report highlighting the results. Continue reading

10 Great Ways to Crush Creativity

We had an e-mail Newsletter this morning from our good friend Paul Sloane at Destination Innovation it was a great newsletter and I thought I would share one of articles that Paul has highlighted regarding killing creativity in organisation.

Take a look and see what you think

A big thank you to Paul for sending this on to us!