BIC Specialist Intensive Assistance Fund
Does your business fall within any of the following sectors?
- Communication & Technology
- Creative Digital
- Medical Technology
- Renewable Energy
- Building Technology
- Business & Professional Services
- High Value Added
If you are also a small or medium sized business in Staffordshire, you may be eligible for some financial assistance from the BIC to help you to fund specialist intensive support: Up to £4,500 subsidy, 25% Intervention Award Panels will sit on a Regular Basis To be used to pay for specialist advice in areas such as IPR strategy, advice on New Product Design and Development, IT support, Financial advice, Marketing strategy etc Companies must show growth potential through jobs and GVA! Ring the Business Innovation Centre on 01782 333798 to express your interest or complete the form below.
Entries are now open for the James Dyson Award 2013 looking for designers, engineers and problem solvers.
A prize of £30,000 to the entrant and £10,000 to your university department.
Closing date 1st August 2013.
Staff at the Business Innovation Centre are proud to just learn that the BIC has been granted a renewed licence as an accredited European BIC encouraging and promoting Innovation in Staffordshire. The Licence is in recognition of maintaining conformity with the EC-BIC Quality Criteria.
The BIC has always prided itself on delivering quality advice and services to its clients since their inception in 1995.
The Award was presented to the BIC’s Chief Executive Geoff Riley by Alvaro Simon de Blas the President of the European Business Network in Brussels.
Marketing expert Robert Craven lists as No 1 of his 23 cardinal rules of marketing
“If there’s a choice between being better or different then different wins every time!”
Ideally of course you should be different and better. The BIC’s Leadership in Innovation workshop on 17 July which is currently free of charge to Staffordshire based businesses will look at the challenges faced by Leaders of companies to bring out that Innovation within their business so that they look to be “different from the crowd”.
In fact in a 2010 survey by Business Week 72% of senior executives said innovation was a top three priority for their company. The same survey showed that the most innovative companies outperform their peers by 12.4% over a three year period. Come along to our workshop to improve the innovation strategy within your business.
German Boat – It’s always interesting to see what other countries are focussing on when it comes to Innovation and Germany seems to be very innovative when it comes to encouraging innovation amongst its people.
If you didn’t see a recent edition of the BBC programme “Click” then take a few minutes to watch this clip
If you and your business would like to engage with Staffordshire Schools to encourage pupils’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, you may be interested in attending a promotional event in your area, an event will be held in Stoke on Trent on 9th July at Staffordshire University
Courtesy of the Intellectual Property Office www.ipo.gov.uk here’s an interesting story.
On a December night, fifty years ago, a strange and previously unknown creature was introduced to the people of planet Earth. It was a distillation of everything bad: it was super-intelligent; it was armed to the teeth – or the plunger, to use the vernacular humanoid descriptor of the day; it was capable of interstellar travel, telekinesis and time travel; it consisted of an unholy fusion of bad metal and black bile. It was, of course, a Dalek.
During their fifty year history, the Daleks have been upgraded. Their development mirrors other successful brands. Like VW Beetles or Minis, they have grown tubbier, brighter and possibly even a little smug looking. The Daleks deserve to be proud. They have bent their metallic shoulder slopes to the task of creating a long running, world beating, creative product. Their arch enemy, Dr Who, is known throughout the world. In 1996 the BBC registered the name Dr Who as UK trade mark 2053985. Last year Dr Who was BBC Worldwide’s top brand. Today the value of the Dr Who brand is growing and will one day outstrip the dimensions of this planet.
The programme has come up with very innovative products – the TARDIS and the Sonic Screwdriver. Both are patented and their value as assets can not be underestimated.
What IP do You Own? Find out more at the BIC’s workshop in Stoke on Trent on 11 April 2013
Friday 26th April is World Intellectual Property Day.
This is the day WIPO came into force in 1970 and is a day whose aim is to increase the general understanding of Intellectual Property Rights..
As an Innovation Centre we know only too well the importance of IP and run five or six events a year so that local companies can understand and take up any IP protection for their businesses. Yes, Patents can be expensive and take a long time to be granted but can you afford not to protect your innovation? It gives you monopoly on the production of that innovation for twenty years!
It was good to hear this week that the plans to bring in a new ‘superfast’ patent processing service, which will be capable of granting patents in just 90 days, were confirmed by Intellectual Property Minister Lord Younger.
Trade Marks are always interesting and can include a company’s logo and product branding. Your Trade Mark will sell your product so get it registered.
Copyright is a very much underestimated form of Intellectual Property. Did you know that you could still benefit from your intellectual property when you are dead? According to the Intellectual Property Office the top Dead Earner in 2012 was Elizabeth Taylor at $210m followed by Michael Jackson at $145m and Elvis a mere $55m
If you want to know more come along to our next
IPR workshop on 15 May 2013.
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