Recognising the importance of market research the BIC carries out a Customer Survey on an annual basis and to thank people for replying there was this year a Prize Draw of a £25 High Street Voucher.
We are pleased to announce that the winner this year is:
Polymech based in Stoke on Trent is an approved distributor of engineering plastics and plastic stock shapes and has been working with the Business Innovation Centre for a number of years.
Malcolm was presented with his £25 High Street Voucher by the BIC’s IT Manager Paul Longshaw who has been advising and supporting Malcolm with his business recently. Malcolm said that he would most probably split the voucher between his two daughters!
Long established BIC Client Howard Quinn from Hanley based FotoCeramic, specialists in digital decals spent two years working on a fantastic mural in Glasgow. FotoCeramic provided all the tile transfers for a major piece of public art at Glasgow’s Hillhead Subway station – a 40 foot-long mural which has just been unveiled to city travellers.
The National Blood Service wouldn’t be an obvious organisation I would link to for innovation but having been a regular donor since my University days, I have been amazed at the number of Innovations I have seen over the last few years!
Little things have changed over the years, all designed to make your donation speedier and pleasanter: From the times when you went and queued up for ages, there are now Advanced appointments; easy re-scheduling; pre-printed attendance forms; quick flow through the checking stage; glass of water to reduce the chance of fainting and feet exercises to reduce the threat of developing DVT etc.
But on my visit on Wednesday I was presented with a real visible innovation – a new donor chair designed to enhance the donation experience and improve the whole process for collection staff. Not only was it comfortable to sit on but it was reclineable – it had a supported recovery position whereby a donor is reclined to the traditional donor position but could easily be put into a recovery position should they become unwell www.renfrewgroup.com
It’s good to know that the National Blood Service is looking after us!
A secret kept until the eve of the London Olympic Games helped the Team GB Cyclists to their best ever tally of Olympic Medals – 12 in total and 7 in the velodrome.
A technology which took four years to create and is a collaboration between British Cycling, Loughborough University and Adidas saw the potential of marginal gain of a substantial increase in sprinting power if athletes’ bodies could be kept warm between their warm up session and until just before racing.
Scientists showed there was a benefit when cyclists used stationary bikes to warm up on the velodrome floor but which they were physically unable to maintain whilst they sat down to compose themselves before starting the race.
The solution came in the form of the ”Adipower” muscle-warming, battery-powered “hot pants” to keep the bottoms and thighs of the British riders at the optimum temperature of around 38C before competing. Quick release zips then allowed the cyclists to swiftly remove them just before the start of the race.
“Adipower” is a Registered Trade Mark taken out by Adidas which covers a number of its products.
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