A FEW OF OUR CLIENTS
We have worked in Central and Local Government, and provided support to a range of Public and Private Sector Organisations. We offer a powerful and unique mixture of commercial and public values, and we have worked with the third sector at a strategic level.
UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
“Having worked with The Innovation School on several projects over the last couple of years, I am pleased to add my support to what, I expect, is a growing portfolio of recommendations from satisfied clients.
Our role at the University (of Wolverhampton) is to champion innovative change and to develop programmes to support regional businesses through the knowledge base available from within Higher Education and to encourage new approaches to enhance the value which Wolverhampton offers to its students and graduates.
With the constraints already implemented as a consequence of the recession and those anticipated in the coming year, it has been important for us to develop new models of both regional and educational support for the future. The Innovation School have been invaluable in both helping us to develop the templates for these new models and in assisting us to deliver pilot programmes to enable us to validate and quantify the benefits produced.
The Innovation School have given us some of the tools to face our current challenges and I have no hesitation in recommending them to those in both the public and private industry who are looking for effective innovation in their organisation.” Steve Moore, Deputy Director (Operations) Institute of Innovation & Enterprise, University of Wolverhampton.
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS (BIS)
“I worked directly with The Innovation School on government funded programmes to promote business start-up among students and graduates, and self-employment to people in the 50+ age group. Through the facilitation of interactive workshops The Innovation Schools role was to inspire those present into seeing themselves as entrepreneurs, and help them to take the first steps towards starting a business.
I am able to say that without exception the workshops were highly successful, both for the graduate and 50+ sessions. At BIS we were pleasantly surprised by the unusually high levels of positive feedback received from attendees, both in the form of completed exit questionnaires and verbal comments given during the day. The numbers of delegates taking the first steps towards starting a firm as a result of attending an event was also well above the set targets.
The Innovation Schools success stems from them having developed a workshop format that demonstrably works. From witnessing them "in action", I in addition observed that the relaxed, presentational style and a natural ability to inspire those around, to think in what are new ways for them. Alan (Director of The Innovation School) relates well to people, and because of his breadth of business experience he is able to answer questions confidently, and provide well informed answers that serve to help build an individual's confidence. More generally I have found Alan to be an excellent project manager, and someone who can be relied on to deliver. He is also very personable, and taking all into account I feel honoured that I remain in regular contact with him and the school.” Ron Downing, Former Senior Civil Servant, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
KENT COUNTY COUNCIL
“We have only been working with the Innovation School since July this year but we have found the team extremely helpful at a very challenging time for Local Authorities. Using a combination of professionalism and a sense of fun the team has helped my management team and I focus on what is important, develop our strategic direction, integrate new staff and identify key areas for potential improvement. The have also taught us some ways to tackle all these by introducing all my team to some new perspectives and a range of tools and techniques that we are already using in our daily work.
The School does not take the usual consultancy approach – offering a strong mixture of analysis, hands on support and staff training. The team have a passion about delivering real impact and their private sector perspective has been particularly useful in helping one of our revenue generating operations which is currently facing challenges. Working with the School we are beginning to learn the real value of innovation skills and their links to enterprising behaviour. This will help inform our future work with local schools, colleges and universities as well as assisting us in developing new approaches to connect to the disadvantaged". Sue Dunn, Head 14-19 Innovation Team, Kent County Council.