Agile Innovation launches on the beach
Oxford Innovation has launched Agile Innovation, an extension of their highly successful Coaching for High Growth programme supported by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence programme.
Agile is a globally recognised methodology which has its roots in software but the Agile Innovation programme has been developed by the OI team as an adaptation that now has relevance to all sectors. It will be delivered through a series of workshops, materials, tools and practices.
Agile Innovation will see Oxford Innovation coaches working with high growth businesses in the county to adopt innovative practices as part of their business processes. These include methods for managing projects, product development and creating organisational agility in a fast-changing business environment.
Belinda Waldock, Business Coach at Oxford Innovation, is leading the delivery. She said: “Following our introduction of Agile to the Cornish software sector we have developed ‘Agile Innovation’, a natural extension of the original Agile programme which will help businesses to adopt and leverage it as a springboard for their further growth.
“Agile practices are already having positive effects on strategies, marketing and product development in an array of different businesses. We are excited about the initial indications that Agile Innovation can deliver further jobs and growth across the region. I would encourage any growth minded business to look at the Grow Cornwall website for more information.”
After attending a recent ‘Introduction to Agile’ event at St Austell Business Park and the Agile on the Beach conference, Cornish business owners are already seeing the benefits of these new practises;
Steven Richford, Managing Director and owner of Richfords Fire and Flood in Truro said: “Our customers’ needs are changing rapidly and we have to be increasingly flexible. We have already introduced the concept of gathering feedback very early, following the Agile introduction workshop, it has enabled us to respond to these changing needs quickly. The business is evolving and we feel that Agile Innovation will allow the business to grow further, alongside our people.”
Errol Chevannes, Director at Malooba in Penryn said: “As a start-up business, it is critical to know what market you’re getting into, who your customers are, and to form a good network with likeminded businesses. Using Agile concepts we are gaining insight into our customers and markets, it’s also helping me to manage my team and build products. The coaching available has helped me personally to work out what to do at this early stage of forming my business. I am delighted to have been invited to join the Agile Director Peer Group which has given me a link into the heart of my sector in the county.”
Angelo Spencer-Smith, Director at Wolf Rock marketing in Truro said: “I believe that Agile Innovation will help us unlock the talent in our people as well as respond to the market quickly so that our end product is as good a fit as possible for the end consumer.”
Belinda Waldock is a member of the Agile on the Beach committee and works as a coach for Oxford Innovation a sponsor of Agile on the Beach since its inception in 2011
Oxford Innovation supports and develops high growth businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The team, based at offices in Greenbottom, Truro, is focused on delivering the Coaching for High Growth programme. This is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme which aims to build a stronger economy in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Coaching for High Growth offers intensive coaching and assistance for up to 30 days to high growth potential SMEs and individuals looking to start a business. The team of experienced coaches has a range of board level business and sector experience gained from facing similar challenges to those now faced by participants on the coaching programme. The team brings a new perspective to a business and helps with specific issues such as growing businesses through a step change, refining business models, identifying new markets, sourcing new technologies, extending geographical reach and building teams. The coaching team can also support a range of issues from developing a business plan and securing funding to identifying new markets, building a team and developing new products and services. For more information: www.growcornwall.co.uk
About Oxford Innovation
Oxford Innovation provides services to growing companies, and to government bodies that promote enterprise. It has over 15 years’ experience of delivering business support and mentoring to thousands of companies of all sizes from start-ups and spin-outs to SMEs and large corporations.
Oxford Innovation also manages three highly successful Angel Investment Networks that link investors with entrepreneurs seeking funding from £20,000 to £2 million. During the last five years, the investment networks have helped over 90 companies raise £19.5m. For more information: www.oxin.co.uk
Oxford Innovation is part of SQW Group. Other divisions include SQW, which provides research and advisory services in sustainable economic development and energy management to the public and private sectors. For more information: www.sqwgroup.com
About ERDF Convergence
The Coaching for High Growth programme is financed by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Convergence European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.
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September 16, 2013