“It is great having Clarus Knight on board. They are accessible, driven, relatable and understand what it is like to run a small business. They help us look at our finances strategically rather than putting a finger in the sky, and this support has helped us to become a more professional company.”
The 2008 recession changed the way financial instituitons are regulated, with the introduction of tougher regulations and financial reporting requirements. KnowCo's solution is a smart software tool, enabling fast compliance and minimising risk.
Brainstorm Integrated Marketing (Brainstorm) are a boutique, full-service, strategic marketing company who offer ‘big company’ experience without the big company fees. Their unique approach was essential in developing a full rebranding strategy for South African fruit logistics company GoGlobal Group (GoGlobal). Brainstorm has worked with GoGlobal (formerly GoReefers) since the early days of the company. Having fared extremely well under Brainstorm’s initial messaging of “It’s the way we think that makes us the best”, GoGlobal needed a brand refresh to align their disparate set of brands, and emphasise their market leading history of innovation. The challenge for Brainstorm was to produce a repositioning strategy to clarify GoGlobal’s status in the marketplace, deepen their customer engagement and bring successful brand cohesion to their multiple business divisions. The challenge for GoGlobal, and ultimately the success of the project, was to embrace a complete overhaul and commit to the time and resources required to implement the changes. The incredible launch event of the new brand, GoGlobal, left no doubt that the ‘go in or go home’ attitude proposed by Brainstorm had been fully adopted and that the GoGlobal brand was the perfect vehicle to take this logistics business forward on the next leg of their journey.
The use of the NHS by visitors and migrants brings together two of the most highly charged topics in British public life. However, the true costs of providing healthcare for visitors and temporary migrants, or even the scale of losses and 'health tourism', have been extremely difficult to estimate. The Department of Health (DH) therefore needed a realistic estimate of the current cost to the NHS in England of spending on services for those who are currently eligible for free NHS treatment but may be liable for charging in the future and also those who are currently not entitled to free NHS care. Prederi were commissioned by the Department of Health to estimate these costs and this study formed part of the ‘audit’ announced by the Secretary of State in July 2013. The report was published in October 2013.
Since forming a mutual body to take over delivery of library services from the county council, Suffolk Libraries has developed a digital marketing strategy to increase interaction with customers outside the library walls. They created a dedicated web team, linking closely with Suffolk Libraries’ Communications and Customer Services teams, to respond to users’ online needs. The first challenge after transferring the service was to launch its own website.
One of the biggest challenges for Software as a Service (SAAS) companies is customer acquisition. Connecting with potential customers is a resource-intensive process. Sales teams need to focus their effort on identifying and nurturing the leads that are most likely to convert. Madkudu helped Geckoboard solve this challenge using predictive analytics. Geckoboard were able to discover non-obvious leads and work through fewer, higher quality Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs) faster. As a result, Sales Accepted Leads (SALS) increased by 85%.
Innovate UK backs Silverstone company's range-extending technology, already sparking interest from car manufacturers around the world. A company based next to the home of British motor racing at Silverstone is attracting interest as far afield as China with low-cost micro-turbine technology that can help electric cars match petrol or diesel-powered equivalents for range. It’s the holy grail of electric vehicle (EV) development, to allow users to plan longer journeys without worrying about finding a charging point – or worse, running out of juice. Delta Motorsport has developed its MiTRE (Micro Turbine Range Extender) in a collaborative R&D project supported by Innovate UK, which had funded an earlier feasibility study, and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. The device features small, lightweight turbo-machinery attached to an electric generator, which keeps the battery pack charged up or at least slows the power drain. Suddenly, an EV is no longer just a runabout restricted to 100 miles or so between recharging.
Innovative engineering firm expands its expertise from the trawling of the sea bed to dredging of radioactive sludge on nuclear sites. Engineering firm Barrnon Ltd has used its expertise in providing durable trawling gear for fishermen to develop a new technique for removing nuclear waste. The business developed its Bladecutter technology with the help of an Innovate UK award. The dredging system has been used to remove radioactive sludge in large ponds on historic nuclear sites. Removing the sludge demands the same heavy duty dredging gear operating in a harsh environment such as the sea bed. The technology has opened up a worldwide market worth an estimated £100 million. Bladecutter used in decommissioning of nuclear plant Bladecutter and its improved successor, Bladecutter 2, were successfully used in the decommissioning of Hunterston nuclear power station. Barrnon has since developed a complete suite of innovative nuclear decommissioning equipment, incorporating emerging technologies such as robotics and virtual reality. The company now works alongside engineering giants such as Atkins, Toshiba, TEPCO and IHI Corporation to tackle environmental threats at nuclear sites worldwide – including Sellafield, UK; Fukushima, Japan; and Hanford, USA. This case study has been republished under the Open Government Licence v3.0
The British Library and 17 library authorities across the country are involved in the Business & IP Centre national network. These are: Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Greater Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Exeter (Devon), Portsmouth, Norwich (Norfolk), Hull, Northampton and Wellingborough (Northamptonshire), Middlesbrough (Tees Valley), London Borough of Enfield, London Borough of Haringey and tri-borough Cultural Community Solution of Harrow, Ealing and Hounslow. Contribution to corporate priorities The national network contributes to local economic growth. Description of the work and the relationship The Business & IP Centre national network is transforming city libraries into engines of innovation, economic growth and social mobility. The Business & IP Centres are physical hubs where people can come together to learn, network and access free and low-cost advice and support in protecting and commercialising a business idea. Current centres are in central libraries in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. The national network has proven potential to create essential knowledge-based businesses and jobs in devolved cities across the UK at a relatively low cost, due to its consolidation of existing resources, knowledge and public buildings, as well as its unique public-private partnership model. The project was kick-started in March 2012, with £100,000 from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which enabled the British Library to develop a blueprint of its model and conduct feasibility studies in five major cities, based on a successful pilot in Newcastle. Enterprising Libraries was initially a £1.3 million partnership between the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Arts Council England (ACE) and the British Library, which enabled Newcastle Business & IP Centre to sustain its service and another five pilot projects in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, to become operational centres. It also supports ten innovative satellite projects to work with the centres in a hub and spoke model. The ten are: Devon (Exeter), Enfield, Haringey, Hull, Greater Manchester, Middlesborough, Norfolk (Norwich), Northampton and Wellingborough (Northamptonshire), Portsmouth and Cultural Community Solutions (covering Harrow, Ealing and Hounslow). Based on early successes and, in order to sustain the network over 2015/16 and bring on two new pilots from the satellite projects in Northampton (Northamptonshire) and Exeter (Devon), DCLG and ACE granted the British Library a further £400,000, in addition to the British Library’s commitment of £253,000 in cash and non-cash resources.
A family business has seen turnover rise 33% and staff numbers by 65 after developing a new aluminium forming technique for car makers. Sheet metal fabrication and engineering business PAB Coventry has developed a new aluminium forming technique that is producing new lightweight and strong material for leading car manufacturers. PAB worked with fellow SME Impression Technologies, supported by feasibility study and collaborative R&D funding of £220,000, to develop the technique called hot form quenching. It can produce complex shapes that are both light and strong – ideal for the automotive industry, where light weight means greater efficiency and lower emissions.