Why Attend a Future Focus Lab?
Why Attend a Future Focus Lab?
Our Future Focus programme is all about encouraging business leaders to step away from the everyday to future-proof their business. Our Labs and Events are designed to promote fresh-thinking, so leaders come away with the inspiration and tools to make real change within their business.
Eight businesses did just that this month by joining us on a trip to London to visit Innocent HQ. There’s nothing ‘everyday’ about Fruit Towers, with a help yourself smoothie fridge, baby photos of employees on the wall, games tables, a banana telephone and even a naughty step, it’s far from a conventional office environment…
The group spent several hours with the Innocent team, where they heard from Dan Germain, Head of Brand, along with the Sustainability and People Teams about their founding principles and how they developed their culture.
They also took part in the first ever Lab on a train, which was facilitated by Future Focus Innovation Coach Angelo Spencer-Smith.
Daniel Gradwell, Managing Director of Kingdom and Sparrow, was one of 15 delegates who travelled to London for the Lab.
He said: “It was really interesting to see such a bright, dynamic workforce. I’ve got some really fresh ideas to take back to Cornwall. Future Focus Events are a really great way to meet like-minded business leaders in Cornwall and it’s a great opportunity to talk to other people who are going through similar experiences to what I’m going through.”
Lucy Jewson, Managing Director of Frugi, said she was keen to see if there were any Innocent processes they could implement at her own business in Cornwall.
“I’ve come on the Future Focus Lab trip to London because I was really interested to visit Fruit Towers and find out more about how Innocent look after their staff, they’re founding principles and how they developed their culture.
“I’d really recommend that any other business in Cornwall comes along to the Future Focus Labs, because they do really open your mind. We can get into an isolated hole in Cornwall and probably don’t get out as much as we should, so this has really opened our brains lots more to what is going on at the cutting edge. And that can only be good; it keeps business keener and smarter going forward.”
Adrian Noott, Managing Director of A-Game, told us what he got from the trip:
“The Future Focus groups have been really worthwhile. The biggest thing I’ve taken from those is working with other businesses that are probably four or five years down the line from us, such as Baker Tom’s or Frugi, well established brands in the Cornish business scene, it’s an eye-opener and good to know the path we are on is the path they’re been on, they’ve dealt with similar growing pains.”
Allyson Glover, Programme Director at Unlocking Potential, said: “The trip to London really provided food for thought for all the business leaders who came along. The Labs are a great way for business leaders to connect with each other and there were some brilliant conversations taking place.”