For clients that work as intermediaries or support agencies:
- Gives the opportunity to understand and respond to the needs of local small businesses
- Provides an efficient model to enable economies of scale in the provision of support services to small businesses
- Creates a platform where additional services can be promoted on the basis of established trust and collaboration with small businesses
- Boosts collaborative research opportunities
- Informs curriculum and continuous professional development and provides opportunities for graduate placements (in universities)
- Creates opportunities for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with industry (in universities)
For clients in the corporate sector:
- Gives the opportunity to build an eco-system of small innovative companies around them
- Develop new innovative solutions to respond to challenges faced by the corporation
- Get tailored products and services that fit the specific needs of the corporation
- Creates opportunities for joint development of products or services
- Boosts collaborative research with universities and Research & Technology Organisations
- Enhances collaboration and knowledge sharing between departments and units
- Enhances the brand of the corporation, contributing to its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy
For the Profitnet members - the SMEs:
- Increased profitability and productivity
- Ability to identify opportunities and current trends
- Opportunity to gain practical competitive advantage
- Development of new products and services
- Improved skills and motivation
- Development of management and business planning skills
- Improved team working.
A client can buy a license to run programmes with its own members of staff or contract CENTRIM to deliver the programme on their behalf.
A Profitnet licensing package includes all the necessary support to deliver successful programmes:
- Training of project manager and facilitators
- A full set of practical, step-by-step operational manuals
- Management support from CENTRIM, including a licensing coordinator, providing individual support throughout the programme
- Robust evaluation that will measure the impact of the project
- Reporting systems to assist in maintaining quality and consistency of the programme
The option of contracting-out includes the specification of needs and requirements by the client and then CENTRIM implementing the programme on the behalf of the client. This option is possible in UK and in Europe but not outside Europe. For further information contact G.Tsekouras@brighton.ac.uk.
CENTRIM is committed to facilitating the development of entrepreneurial talent, as this is a key driving force behind change management and innovation. The Brighton Business School offers an MSc Management (Entrepreneurship). Some modules can become short courses or workshops for in-house delivery. Possible topics include: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Planning; Behavioural Economics and Gamification for Business.
Many of CENTRIM’s Change Management Products are dynamic workshop-style training programmes. These are delivered by commercially experienced lecturers and are highly practical and flexible. A flag-ship programme is Managing Change and Innovation: taught in seven three-day blocks, this flexible course uses employer-based projects to develop change experts.
Focused programmes include:
- The Leadership of Change
- Managing Innovation through Strategic Projects
- Managing New Forms of Innovation
- Managing the Human Aspects of Change
- Political and Institutional Perspectives on Change Management
- Systems and Complexity Approaches to Change Management.
A recent programme for UK’s Network Rail drew from CENTRIM’s deep research into the management of projects. Clive Dodds, Lead Business Change Manager, wrote: “The learning style, coupled with the opportunity to constructively challenge current change challenges and business positions, has made a difference in both individual competency, Programme and Project delivery, the support the team provides across programmes and the devolved business, and it has influenced how we have developed change management within the organisation, as a whole, over the past 18 months.”
For further details about programmes that develop skills in change management contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We help businesses and not-for-profit organisations to manage innovation efficiently and effectively. We recognise that innovation is vital for survival and for growth but our research has shown that it is a difficult managerial challenge to facilitate the direction, quantity and quality of innovation within an organisation.
We collaborate with leaders and managers at all levels to help them to manage innovation effectively. Together with our clients, we help them to address real organisational problems whilst answering key questions about innovation management practice.
P1 - The New Business Development Programme
Seven half-day workshops give participants insight into the full spectrum of stages and decisions involved in new business development. The series of workshops supports participants to identify business opportunities, develop new product ideas and bring them to the market. The programme provides new frameworks that help participants to make informed decisions about how to successfully develop and launch a new product and use an informed approach to innovation. The programme adopts the principle that creating a new business opportunity requires much more than a good idea or a good product!
The New Business Development Programme was developed with the participation of several companies that provided feedback for improvement. The programme is ideal for groups of small businesses who want to provide feedback to each other or large corporations which would like to develop a joint language and a common approach to new product development, reducing gaps between departments or different units within the organisation. A detailed specification leaflet is available from G.Tsekouras@brighton.ac.uk.
“Time to reflect on our own journey”, Sonia Blizzard, Beaming Ltd
“Very useful and liked the structured format”, Chris Bray, Synergy Accounts
“Using my own example helped my understanding” Adrian Morton Oxbow Media
P2 - For All Managers: Our Flagship Managing Innovation Programme
- This one or two-day training programme develops the skills needed by those who manage or contribute to innovative initiatives. It was developed from a seven-year research programme conducted at CENTRIM with Barnes & Conti, an award-winning provider of training programmes.
- Managing Innovation can only be delivered by licensed trainers to ensure high quality standards. The course uses experiential training techniques to ensure that it has a high impact and practical outcomes. The course materials are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. A detailed specification leaflet is available from D.L.Francis@brighton.ac.uk.
P3 - For Senior Leaders: Our Flagship Innovation Strategy Workshop
- This workshop is for leaders of businesses, not-for-profit organisations and strategic business units.
- The Innovation Strategy Workshop provides an opportunity for senior managers to develop their corporate innovation strategy using unique tried-and-tested tools and techniques. The workshop takes between two and four days, depending on the modules chosen. The workshop materials are available in English and Spanish. A detailed specification leaflet is available from D.L.Francis@brighton.ac.uk.
P4 - For Senior Leaders, Executives and Managers: Innovation Master Classes
A series of two innovation master classes, focusing on:
- Using innovation to build an ‘intelligent’ organisation, that can deliver more cost-effective processes and work-flows that enhance the quality of the services or products
- Using innovation to support and boost new business development, through the identification of opportunities, the design and development of new products or services and their successful commercialisation
This Master Class has integrated solid academic frameworks while it has been designed to deal with the practical challenges of real companies. The programme has been delivered successfully on more than 400 people from small and large companies, intermediaries and support agencies in UK and internationally (Europe, Latin America, South Africa). The programme takes either two half days or two full days, depending on the needs of the client. A detailed specification leaflet is available from G.Tsekouras@brighton.ac.uk.
P5 – For Senior Managers in SMEs, Intermediaries and Support agencies: Managing Open Innovation in SMEs
This is a two-day programme to enable small or medium-sized enterprises to develop and implement open innovation strategies. The training workshop is based on extensive research that has taken place in the INSPIRE project, carried out by a consortium of academic institutions, public and private intermediaries from all regions of Europe. The programme aims to facilitate the growth of an SME by harnessing ideas, knowledge and market access channels from third parties, provided they can become strategic collaborators. The programme draws from good-practice cases of SMEs implementing open innovation, i.e. strategic collaboration with other partners (large corporations, universities, other SMEs etc.) for mutual benefit. The objective is to enable SME leaders and managers to address the challenges and develop the enablers of the open innovation strategy so to identify the best way forward for their SME. A detailed specification leaflet is available from G.Tsekouras@brighton.ac.uk
P6 – For Senior Managers in Social Enterprises and Support agencies: Innovation for Social Enterprises
This is a training programme with two days focusing on how to manage innovation within Social Enterprises. The programme has twin themes:
- Turning Innovative Ideas into a Sustainable Social Enterprise: this aims to support social enterprises at the start-up (or pre start-up) stage. The workshop provides tools and frameworks to the entrepreneur to enable the exploration of promising ideas, the selection of the most appropriate one and most importantly the development of a sustainable social enterprise which can continue delivering value in the long-term.
- Developing the Innovation Potential of a Social Enterprise: this is more relevant to established Social Enterprises who wish to understand their strengths and weaknesses and use innovation tools and techniques to reinforce their strengths and deal with their weaknesses. The workshop provides tools to understand context before moving into setting up a process to identify and implement new innovative ideas to serve the strategic objectives of the Social Enterprise.
Both workshops have resulted from extensive research that has taken place in the SPARK Social Enterprises project. They have been developed, tested and validated with the participation of more than 50 Social Enterprises in Belgium, Holland and UK as well as several managers from intermediaries and support agencies. A detailed specification leaflet is available from G.Tsekouras@brighton.ac.uk.
“I just wanted to thank you for organising and delivering an excellent workshop yesterday. It is a very accomplished example of what can be achieved to promote a better environment and support for social enterprises in the area. It was great to see the excitement in the room and it was also great that we got good feedback on the tool!“ Ana Fajardo, West Sussex County Council
“Thank you for today, very insightful. I think the passion between us all will drive something forward for October. Great opportunity for our learners to build some social enterprise skills and resilience for business.” Ian Willitt, Deputy Head of Learning and Professional Learning Coach, Chichester College
P5 - For Learning and Development Managers: Running an Innovation-Intensive Action Learning Programme
- Action Learning is a tried-and-tested method for helping managers to become more effective. Innovation Intensive Action Learning (II-AL) is a variant of Action Learning developed in CENTRIM to help participants to become deeply involved in promoting value-creating Strategic Innovation in their own Areas of Responsibility.
- A key principle of II-AL is that everyone with managerial authority needs to be proactive in finding opportunities to innovate, where the likely benefits exceed the costs.
- CENTRIM can provide a half-day introduction to II-AL for L&D professionals (can be via SKYPE) and all of the materials needed to introduce a programme including facilitator training and specially commissioned video-films. A specification leaflet is available from D.L.Francis@brighton.ac.uk.
P7 - For Trainers: Certification Programme to Deliver the Managing Innovation Programme
- The Managing Innovation programme (P1) described above can only be delivered by trainers who understand, in depth, the research findings that underpin the programme and can explain it efficiently and effectively. The certification programme requires eight days of face-to-face training with trainers needing to deliver a demonstration course at the end. In addition, approximately 5 days of private study of academic articles, background materials and especially commissioned video films are required. A specification leaflet is available from D.L.Francis@brighton.ac.uk.
P8 – For Consultants: The Innovation Interventionists' Development Programme
- This four-week modular programme develops the capacity and skills of participants in influencing innovation and provides assessment tools, organisation change tools, processes and methods for developing the client innovative capability. A specification leaflet is available from D.L.Francis@brighton.ac.uk.