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30th International Conference - Hensol Castle @ The Vale Resort & Spa Cardiff, 9/10 November 2016





For over 30 years, we have worked with organisations worldwide to introduce and support innovation in the workplace. Our sole purpose is to help you harness the power of innovative ideas within your organisation, which in turn will help build long term value, deliver a competitive edge and enhance employee engagement.

Are you about to establish an innovation process within your organisation?

Is there a current ideas scheme that needs to be reinvigorated?

Do you already have an established process, but wonder where next?

Or just need help to harness your employee ideas and build employee engagement?

If you answer 'YES' to any of the questions above then ideasUK can help - get in touch today!



ideasUK 31st International Conference & Idea of the Year Competition
Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th November 2017


It's time to hold the date for the 2017 ideasUK conference! As always we promise to pull together an engaging program, with varied speakers and interactive sessions relevant to the idea and innovation community.

This year the conference is being held at The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, famous for being Shakespeare's birthplace!



I am sure you are also eagerly awaiting the launch of the ideasUK 2017 Idea of the Year Competition.


This year we have teamed up with Wazoku, who have kindly offered to provide an on-line platform for the competition, so for the first time we are automating the submission process. Look out for your invite to participate later this month!


In addition to our conference, we are planning a series of webinars, so if there is a topic you would like us to cover, or if you would like to get involved and present, then please get in touch. If you missed the first event, on accelerated innovation, it can be found on the members section of the ideasUK website:


Future webinar dates, all booked at 9:00am GMT for 30 minutes:

Tuesday 11th April

Tuesday 20th June

Tuesday 8th August

Tuesday 10th October

Tuesday 12th December

Looking forward to working with you all this year!





There are many factors that contribute to the success of an idea scheme/involvement programme within an organisation; the engagement of employees, having a scheme that is well resourced, reward & recognition and all of these are positively influenced through the support of an enthusiastic sponsor.

In 2016 idea networks in the UK, Germany, USA, Dubai and Austria all held individual competitions to search for a highly committed senior leader who supports the innovation culture within their organisation.


The winners from each country competition have now been enrolled into the global competition. The first GLOBAL WINNER will be announced at the ZENTRUM IDEAS Conference in Germany on 30th March, however we would like to take the next few weeks to highlight our country winners, so look out for the weekly updates!

CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNERS from each country who are:


ideasUK: Richard Firmstone from RICOH UK Products Ltd
ideasUK: Mohamed Al Shehhi from Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi
Ideas Germany: Maik Hopfeld from Kali and Salt
Ideas America: Tom Blades from Grote Industries
Ideas Austria: Grasser Mansuet from Georg Fischer GmbH &Co KG


For Previous Winners CLICK HERE

In 2016 idea networks in the UK, Germany, USA, Dubai and Austria all held individual competitions to search for a highly committed senior leader who supports the innovation culture within their organisation.

The winners from each country competition have now been enrolled into the global competition, with the announcement of the first GLOBAL WINNER being made at the ZENTRUM IDEAS Conference in Germany on 30th March.

In the weeks prior to the announcement we are highlighting each country winner and the final individual in the spotlight is:

Maik Hopfeld, Manager, K+S KALI GmbH.


Maik works in a mine, about 700 meters below the surface in a totally different world. Maik is engaging and continuously motivates his team to participate in the ideas management scheme in an extraordinary way, achieving a participation rate of more than 80 percent, with 80% of ideas implemented!

Within a special air-conditioned room underground, Maik Hopfeld developed a creative environment and atmosphere for his team to generate new ideas. His personal motto is ‘we need to be open to think of something new and we need to have the courage to make it happen’. He treats every idea as important, stating ‘we need the small ideas to help create the huge ideas’ and supports the implementation of ideas, with the average time to implementation being just 13 days.

The average net-benefit of the ideas generated per employee is the highest with respect to the German ideas management benchmark of the Zentrum Ideas Management.

Look out for the nominees of the Global Idea of the Year competition coming soon!





How does your suggestion scheme compare to the best of the best?

Achieved Silver or Gold Accreditation and looking to gain Platinum?

Already achieved Platinum and looking to ensure you retain Platinum?

Then the ideasUK Accreditation is a must have for you and your organisation!

The ideasUK Accreditation programme is the way for organisations to give both internal and external prominence to their employee innovation scheme. The Accreditation process subjects your employee innovation programme to an external assessment by ideasUK. An end to end review of the programme is carried out and guidance given on areas of strength and where to focus improvement efforts.


Based on the levels achieved organisations will be awarded a Silver, Gold or Platinum Certification, presented at our annual conference in November.


Previous winners of Platinum Certification will be awarded a supplementary number to signify the 'consecutive' years that they have maintained this level of excellence.


This year the questions have been updated and an employee engagement section added. The new questions are available for you to review on the members section of the website.


Whilst accreditation is carried out in September/October, we are now taking bookings and fixing dates. The form is available to complete on the website and can be accessed by clicking here.


Also available is a scheme 'health-check', an early scheme review prior to full accreditation. This is free to members, although for our friends in the Middle-East there will be a charge for travel and accommodation.







You can now be a part of the ideasUK community by either subscribing as a member or by signing up for individual services tailored to you.
Ideas Management      specialist Educational & Networking     events
ideasUK Toolbox Webinars
Accreditation Free awards entry

Full details of our prices and services are available to view on our Services Page.





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zena Cox Operations Director, ideasUK


 Zena Cox



 Operations Director ideasUK  



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