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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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.

Sustainability

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 info@ideasuk.com 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

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

ideasUK Idea of the Year Competition 2011


It is time once again to submit your ideas to the ideasUK Idea of the Year Competition.

This is a competition to highlight innovation and creativity in organisations worldwide. It also has the benefit in recognising the hard work submitters put into their company’s ideas.

Previous winners include British Telecom, West Midlands Police, Ministry of Defence, Dubai Aluminium Company, HSBC, Bharat Aluminium, IBM. Continue reading

HSBC Announced as Main Sponsor for 2010 Conference


We are pleased to announce that HSBC will be the main sponsors for the 2010 Idea of the Year Award.

HSBC have been supporters of ideasUK for many years and were the only United Kingdom Financial Organisation to acheive Platinum Level Accreditation during 2009.

There are still sponsorship opportunities available please look at our sponsor site for more details.

Update 10th April 2010


Annual Survey 2010

Don’t forget that the closing date is approaching for entry into the annual survey 2010, to access the survey, please visit here and you will be taken directly to the inputs page. If you need more information first, there is loads more details on our website.

Don’t worry of you cannot complete all the information, or have only just started your scheme, this is an ideal opportunity for you to benchmark your scheme against other programmes worldwide. You will have to register to complete the survey, but don’t worry it only takes 2 minutes.

Idea of the Year Award 2010 Continue reading

Events Coming Up


Well not that Christmas and the New Year is over it is time to look at the events coming up in 2010.

Firstly we have a joint networking session with the Best Practice Club in Heysham Lancashire on the 18th March, further details and how to book will be available in the near future.

International Ideas Week is from 10th – 14th this year and once again we will be holding events all over the country. If you would like some promotional material, please contact us at info@ideasuk.com

Even though it is still 11 months away, planning continues for the annual conference which this year takes place in Cardiff on the 10 / 11th November. Booking for this is now open, just contact us for costs and a booking form.

Some other dates for your diary, Idea of the Year entries are to be sent to us by the 30th April. Last year we had over 95 ideas into the competition and the ideas were of a high quality. Entry forms are available in the members area of the website.

The annual survey will be open for input in the next few weeks, we will send you a link to the website when it is available.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information for our event.

ideasUK Conference Feedback by Lucy Hardy


Every now and then you read something that really makes you sit up and take notice. I would like to share with you some feedback from our recent conference by one of the Idea of the Year Finalists.
I was lucky enough to attend the ideasUK Conference in Chester, an annual event which brings together organisations from across the world to celebrate innovation, share ideas and reflect upon our experiences as an innovative organisation in challenging times. Continue reading