May Workshops

For you and your team we’ve brought together Swindon & Wiltshire’s foremost business support programmes to add their expertise to this new Innovation 4 Growth (I4G) programme. Our May series of remote workshops are designed to inspire and challenge you to think differently and work differently. If you are considering applying for the I4G grant funding, or any other grant funding, these workshops will support you to turn your project from a concept into a great application.


To get the most benefit from these workshops we recommend that you attend all the series. But don’t worry if you can’t make them all yourself, you can pass the invite on to colleagues to attend instead and divide the sessions between you. At minimum we would ask that, between you and your team, you attend at least 4 of the sessions. If you are unable to come to 4 sessions, please get in touch with the I4G team at inno[email protected].


To sign up for the workshops please register and select that you are interested in 'Fully funded training workshops', we will then send you an invite to the series.

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Session 1: Mindset Morning - Tues 11 May, 9:30 - 12:20

We’re kicking off our series events around innovation, funding and growth with the Mindset Morning – so make sure you have a coffee and join us to stretch your mind with this two-part session.

Energy & Attitude 9:30 – 11:00

If you’re looking for investment, developing a confident, positive mindset is going to be critical to your success. Andy Jackson, an Acceleration Manager in the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator, will explore in this session the core attributes of an entrepreneur’s mindset and the ways you can develop the kind of attitude that investors look for.

Intrapreneurship 11:00 – 12:30

Join Shane Moore & Hamlyn Deas, Co-Founders of The Intrapreneurship Project, for this session on creating an intrapreneurial mindset for growth. They are on a mission to connect Startups and Scaled organisations, and unlock the power and share the learnings between them.

Session 2: Design Thinking - Thurs 13 May, 9:30 - 12:30

Join Dr Jo Hare Senior Lecturer in Service & Product Design, specialising in Human-Centred Design, and experience the creative process of finding new and transformative solutions to problems whilst also generating innovative ideas and opportunities.

Session 3: Funding & Strategy - Tues 18 May, 9:30 - 12:30

Funding and Finance 9:30 – 11:00

Hosted by Innovate UK this session explores regional funding and what NOT to do when looking for finance and what mistakes people may make when approaching investors or thinking about applying for grants.

Strategy First 11:00 – 12:30

Rob Perks will be covering why he believes a “strategy first” approach to business innovation is the key to success. Providing an overview of how to approach innovating your product or service strategy as well as demonstrating a few practical tools you can use in your business.

Session 4: Innovation & Investment - Wed 19 May, 12:30 - 14:00

Get your business ready for innovation and investment with this workshop, join host Lucy Paine from UWE Bristol in discussion with Chris Pett, Karen Brooks and Rosie Bennett from SETsquared. Evidence shows that there is a clear link between innovation and investment, profitability and growth. Embracing an innovative approach within your business leads to long-term commercial benefits, efficiency, productivity, competitiveness as well as increased sales and investment.

Session 5: Innovation - Tues 25 May, 9:30 - 12:30

Grounded Innovation 9:30 – 11:00

Join Phil Gosset, Head of Innovation at Nationwide Building Society for this Grounded Innovation session. Wikipedia tells us that Innovation is the practical implementation of ideas that result in the introduction of new or improved goods or services. But where do those ideas come from, and how do we prioritise and select them? Grounded Innovation is an approach that not only helps us know where to look, but also helps us maximise the chance of landing a successful solution.

Continuous Improvement and Innovation 11:00 – 12:30

In conversation with Phillip Mills, Business Improvement Consultant, SWMAS – discussing approaches to continuous improvement, and how the adoption of a methodology such as Lean or Six Sigma can support your business evolution. Exploring examples of the impact of adoption and the innovations seen across the SWMAS community in the last twelve months