This pioneering project was designed to enable owners and managers in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to use knowledge management tools and techniques to build better businesses in a way that is practical, inspiring and client-centred.
This project supported the SEEDA Regional Economic Strategy, as incorporated within the Innovation Strategy outlined in the SEPIA (South East Programme for Innovative Actions) proposal, acknowledging the drivers of the knowledge economy and synthesising the needs of small businesses into action to help them respond.
In Hastings, this project linked into actions funded by SEEDA through the Hastings and Bexhill Taskforce, and University Centre Hastings. In both areas, project partners were involved with other strands of the SEPIA programme, and working to ensure complementarity rather than overlap. Entry onto the programme was available to all organisations, including social enterprises, voluntary and community businesses as well as private businesses.
We delivered an intensive programme of teaching sessions, learning networks and in-company workshops to enable company owners and senior managers to use knowledge more effectively in four key categories: Industry Forecasting, Exemplar Analysis, Opportunities Mapping and Knowledge Sharing.
Despina Kanellou, Research Fellow
Dr George Tsekouras, Principal Research Fellow
Hastings and Bexhill Taskforce