Congratulations must go to JCB who following the production last week of its half millionth backhoe loader – the machine that made the company famous around the world, announced yesterday a £500 Christmas bonus to all its staff and a pay increase of 3% for January 2013.
Not only is this marvellous for the morale of JCB and its staff, but has to be a positive and encouraging outlook for Britain as a whole as the condition of the Construction Industry is an early indicator of the future state of our economy.
Sir Anthony Bamford has no doubt that it is Innovation that has lead to their recent and continued success as he said “It’s innovation over the past six decades that has made JCB a world leader for backhoe loaders and it’s innovation that will keep us in the lead with this product over the next 60 years”.
JCB has been one of the main supporters of the Business Innovation Centre since its inception and the BIC wishes them well for the future.
The introduction of new technologies can be a trigger for innovation and the BIC will be holding a Networking Event on 31 January 2013 looking at the application of technologies such as QR Codes, GPS and RFID and what support is around to help companies introduce them into their businesses.
RFID – Telford’s Innovation Secret
“Telford’s Innovation Secret”. Wolverhampton University’s Telford Campus will be bringing with them an insight into the support they can give to companies in Staffordshire to develop technologies using QR Codes; GPS and RFID including subsidised funds to pay for experts to help introduce the technology into your business.
This weekend the West End Show – The Mousetrap based on Agatha Christie’s novel celebrated sixty years of performances and is still the longest running show in the world.
Many of you may know that a very informative and useful book was written more than twenty five years ago called “A Better Mousetrap “ . This is a step-by-step guide to invention and is ideal for anybody who has invented something and would like to read up about it. It is currently available as an e-book PDF version from www.abettermousetrap.co.uk
Why was a mouse-trap used as a focus for a book on invention I hear you ask.
Well you may be interested to know that the Patent Office has issued over 4,400 mousetrap patents to date so there are clearly many people with innovative ideas and many still trying to improve on the original wooden version with a spring trap.
There are many organisations who can help you with your Innovations but be careful not to spend too much money in the early stages, there’s a lot of work you can do yourself at little cost.
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.
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