Future Focus

As part of the Future Focus Programme we are running a number of Labs to help businesses innovate and grow. Labs coming up in 2018 are:

Software Development & Continuous Delivery Lab

29th April & 5th June, Pool Innovation Centre

For Cornish businesses in the software development or front-end development sector – this exciting new Lab series will introduce you, and like-minded developers, to innovative methodologies for developing and managing your software projects. Our expert facilitators will support you to utilise new techniques, tools and processes for better delivery and impact of your software projects. Dave Farley is a thought-leader in the field of Continuous Delivery, DevOps and Software Development. Co-author of an award-winning book on the subject of Continuous Delivery, a well-known conference speaker and blogger. With over 10 years in industry as a consultant, project manager, trainer and author, Belinda Waldock has considerable experience in the integration of Agile project management techniques across a broad spectrum of business sectors.

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Sustainable Clothing Journeys

Saturday 18th May 2019

Are you looking to make your fashion or textile related business more sustainable? Through an exciting opportunity you will to get hear the findings and feedback from University of Exeter, Cornwall campus research project called S4S Designing a Sensibility for Sustainable Clothing. This interactive lab will help you understand how consumers feel, think and act about sustainable fashion. Combined with learning about the next steps in sustainability, we will cover the Circular economy and you will be equipped to launch or change to a sustainable fashion brand. The day will include a sustainable fashion show and SWISH. An opportunity to speak to academics and research participants about the project, and how it could be used in your own marketing strategy.

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People Planning for Change

Dates to be announced

Are you wondering how a disruptive future might affect your workforce? During this Lab series we’ll explore how to plan for external disruption with your staff in mind, identifying your goals and how to organise, communicate and manage change effectively with your team. The sessions will be facilitated by Business & Management Consultant Sally Read who has over 18 years consulting experience across all sectors, focussing on people, processes and strategy, including five years as Organisational Development Director for Seasalt.

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Brand Power Lab

Commences 23rd May

You may feel you know what your customers want, but in a competitive and disrupted market staying one step ahead of the competition is increasingly important. Stepping out of your business and into the future can help to bring a fresh perspective to your brand strategy and communications – keeping you ahead of the curve.
This Lab series will be facilitated by Angelo Spencer-Smith. As a Positioning and Differentiation Strategist, Angelo will provide his specialist knowledge to your business, offering new and creative ideas to support your development. This opportunity is not to be missed for innovative and future-focused brands.

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Business Model Innovation Lab

23rd May and 11th June

How does your business deliver and capture value? Is your current model effective? Does it meet the needs of your existing consumers, or tomorrow’s consumer? What other business model options are there? If it has been a while since you considered question like these, then this lab is for you!
Our Business Model Innovation Lab will guide you through a structured and interactive process to revisit your business model, identify what is working well and spot opportunities for change. Working side-by-side with like-minded business leaders, you will use a contemporary business modelling tool, the Business Model Canvas, to take a fresh look at your business. Bringing fresh learning directly from Alex Osterwalder, the father of Business Modelling, Jamie and David will navigate you through the use of this powerful tool to re-imagine your business model.

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Idea to Reality – Demystifying Innovation Lab

23rd May, 11th June & 11th July, Driftwood Spars, 9 – 4:30

If you want to better understand how innovation can transform your business this Lab is for you. You will explore how to search out new ideas, select the most beneficial ones and how to get on with implementing them. Delegates will learn about creating ideas, scaling them and capturing as much value as possible from them.
Delivered by international experts in innovation management from the University of Exeter, you will leave with practical tools and techniques to embed innovation practices into your business. Facilitators all bring extensive research, consulting and business experience.

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Mining Business Breakfasts

3rd May, 5th July, 6th September 2019

Camborne School of Mines would like to invite businesses for a series of labs around new technology and innovation in the mining sector, in a relaxed breakfast atmosphere each bi-monthly lab a different theme will be explored. An opportunity for businesses already in the sector and non-mining sector to network with academics. This may lead on to identifying opportunities for funding support and explore potential collaborations. The labs may also include a visit to Boulby Potash Mine, Yorkshire. The lab would be suitable for an the following businesses mineral processing firms, manufacture of special-purpose machinery and equipment for mining, consultancy companies and tech based businesses with an interest in diversifying into mining.

If you’re interested in any of the Future Focus Labs you can call us on: 0845 6003660 or fill out an expression of interest here.

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