Articles on the process and importance of innovation as a growth driver for UK small businesses. Organisations that prioritise innovation will better adapt to changing customer preferences, address emerging challenges, and stay ahead of competitors.

Setting up a company

Innovation of the Year: Azoomee interview

Estelle Lloyd, co-founder of Azoomee and winner of the Innovation of the Year at the British Small Business Awards, tells us what winning the award means to her.


UK behind in productivity and innovation in the digital economy

A failure to keep up with digital advancements and invest in digital skills could hamper the UK’s ability to compete economically on the world stage, according to a study.


Creative minds driving SME innovation 

Employing and nurturing creative people is more important for business innovation than striving to come up with a bright idea, research suggests.

Business Ideas & Planning

How to innovate: Creating new and groundbreaking products

Brigette Bard discusses the hot topic of innovation; taking an idea from brainstorm, to concept, to strategy, to launch.


Innovation the order of the day as small businesses get creative

Small companies are turning to new products and services as well as exports to accelerate expansion, research finds.


London trumped for innovation by other regions of the UK 

London and Manchester are way behind Oxford, Liverpool and Teesside in a league table of UK areas creating new goods and services, according to research.

Business Technology

How to use tech to level the business playing field

In this article, Jesper Frederiksen looks at how small companies can make themselves appear bigger in the marketplace to compete with larger rivals through the use of innovative technology.


Companies get innovative in response to tough times for business

Two thirds of small businesses in the UK have been forced to overhaul how they work in reaction to poor economic conditions, according to a new report.

Employing & managing staff

Innovating from within

Companies are empowering staff at all levels of authority to contribute key ideas and strategies and the resulting intrapreneurs can benefit businesses in multiple ways, writes Ben Lobel.


Bureaucracy biggest barrier to innovation

More than three quarters of business executives think bureaucracy within organisations is the biggest barrier to innovation, finds research.


Great British inventions

Being British sometimes feels synonymous with a resigned acceptance of disappointment. A feeling football, cricket and tennis fans know all too well. Having brought these great sports to the world, we can now quietly murmur into our pints that we’re ‘not bad’ at most of them.


SMEs drive innovation

Small businesses are as innovative as their larger counterparts, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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How to keep your small business safe online

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