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NTU: Developing new products and services

1 June, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Attend this FREE event in order to learn how to turn your new product idea from concept to reality.  Local small and medium organisations (SMEs) are invited to get involved with the new Enabling Innovation programme.  This hands-on workshop will not only help SMEs explore the possibilities of new products and services but it will also aid them in turning their ideas into reality.

Expert speaker

In the first place, Ian Abbott will be running this new product and service workshop.  Ian has worked as a senior buyer for Boots and now runs his own beauty business.  In addition, he also has a business consultancy focused on growth and is a Non-executive Director of a software company.  Ian has worked on sales and growth with companies working in very diverse sectors including Weight Watchers, Innocent Drinks and Cowshed, as well as many small businesses around Nottingham.


During the session, we will go through the innovation process step by step, exploring:

The value of innovation

The barriers to innovation, and creating the right conditions for innovation:-

  • Future orientation
  • Commitment to action and learning
  • Acceptance and control of risk

Techniques for idea generation

  • No ideas are bad ideas!
  • What ideas would another successful business bring to your business?
  • What can we learn from the past?
  • Which ‘rules’ around your business can be got around?
  • How would you be the BEST in your market?
  • Randomisation

We will aid you in creating an action plan to take away with you and provide follow-up advice and support to make your plans a reality. This can be via 1:1 mentoring sessions or a bespoke support plan agreed with your Innovation Coordinator.


This event is free to attend, but attendees must register in advance.  Furthermore, it is bound to be popular so don’t delay, register today.  In order to attend this event you must be eligible for support from the Enabling Innovation Programme, which supports SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  Find out more about Enabling Innovation.

Further information

Find out more about this event.  Enabling Innovation is a three-year collaboration between Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Derby to support SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to innovate. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Nottingham Trent University


Newton building, Nottingham Trent University
Goldsmith Street, Newton Building, Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 4BU United Kingdom
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