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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 Network Webinar

Tuesday 20th June, 9:00am GMT
(12:00 Gulf Standard Time)

In just 30 minutes we will take a whistle-stop tour, looking at how to prepare, who should be involved and some of my favourite techniques to use - plus give you the opportunity to share your experiences and techniques with other members.

On our Webinars Page in the Members Room you can listen to an Audio Recording of the event and follow the presentation on a downloadable support PDF presentation.





2017 ideasUK Idea of the Year competition - ACT NOW!


This year we have teamed up with Wazoku to automate the submission process for the ideasUK Idea of the Year competition and as the lead contact within your organisation, you have been invited to join our spotlight community.


Recent communication has been focussed around the ideasUK Idea of the Year competition 2017 and with the deadline extended to the 16th June 2017 ... there is still time to upload your ideas!

However I wanted to alert you to the latest ideasUK article on 'The Future Shapers' website which this month focuses on 'True Leadership in Innovation' - highlighting the winners of the 2016 ideasUK Leadership award, Mr. Mohamed Saeed Al Shehhi from the Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD) and Richard Firmstone from Ricoh UK Products Ltd. Please have a read and think about who in your organisation embodies Leadership in Innovation, as we will be opening this year’s competition soon (link to article below).




Now a date for your diary! Whilst I have already circulated this date before - just a reminder that the next members webinar is booked for Tuesday 20th June at 9am GMT...

The focus will be BRAINSTORMING?! Touching on how to prepare, who should be involved and some of my favourite techniques to use, as yes ... it's me who is will be leading this session. More details to follow!

Finally I am on annual leave, celebrating my first wedding anniversary w/c 4th June with no access to email. Any problems with the ideas site, there is a 'help' function you can find at the bottom of the website  - otherwise, normal service will resume on Monday 12th June



The website is the ONLY way to enter the competition this year, so please save the web address to your 'favourites'. I ask you to upload your company logo and a title for each idea, before the idea content is added. To ensure confidentiality, only the logo and title will be visible to other members, all idea content will be locked down, visible only to the judges.


Top Tips:

- Ensure your idea is clearly worded - get someone not connected to the idea to read the submission, if they understand it - our judges will too!

- Avoid acronyms, they may be obvious to you, but not always to our judges

- Ensure there is enough detail for us to fully understand what the problem/opportunity was and exactly what you did to solve that problem

- In the outcomes section, if you have figures to illustrate the benefit and success of your ideas whilst not essential, please include if you have them e.g. 10,000 Dirhams saved; employee engagement increased by 50%; reduce time wasted by 10 hours each week


We will once again be searching for the Innovation Leader of 2017, however we will not be asking for nominations for this category until later in the year.

For now if you have any questions, call (+44 7887 640246) or email (zena@ideasuk.com).

Good Luck!



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!


The ideasUK 2017 Conference Brochure
is now published and available.




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 8th August

Tuesday 10th October

Tuesday 12th December

Looking forward to working with you all this year!



As you know we have been collaborating with our sister organisations across the globe to enhance our network capabilities and bring you greater opportunities for collaboration, recognition and publicity.

A key event for each organisation is the annual Idea of the Year competition to recognise and celebrate the exceptional ideas created by individuals within their organisation. This year we developed a NEW GLOBAL AWARD, giving the opportunity for each country winner to compete for the title:


I am over in Germany at the Zentrum Ideenmanagement conference and had the pleasure of presenting the first awards!

The WINNERS from each country entered into the global competition are:

Ideas Germany: Phoenix Compounding Technology with 'EFFICIENCY SAVINGS'


IdeasAmerica: Dubai Road & Transport Authority with their 'SMART SCHOOL BUS'

Ideas Austria: Georg Fischer GmbH & Co KG with a 'REDESIGNED PACKAGING LINE'



To recognise the positive impact of Senior Executives who demonstrate strong, enthusiastic and sustained leadership for the organisations innovation program, we have initiated a second global award. We have been highlighting the individuals over recent weeks and the nominees for the title:


Ideas Germany: Maik Hopfeld from Kali and Salt

ideasUK: Richard Firmstone from RICOH UK Products Ltd

ideasUK: Mohamed Al Shehhi from Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi

IdeasAmerica: Tom Blades from Grote Industries

Ideas Austria: Grasser Mansuet from Georg Fischer GmbH &Co KG

CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNER who is .....

MAIK HOPFELD from Kali and Salt

Congratulations to each of our finalists and our two global winners who have demonstrated excellence within the field of innovation.

Look out for details of how to participate in the ideasUK 2017 competition coming to you next week!





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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