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22 April 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970

Four leading UK companies, RBS, BaxterStorey, Carillion and Sainsbury's, are looking for innovations focussed on reducing energy, water and waste and enhancing engagement.

The idea is to use the RBS Innovation Gateway to support small companies with big ideas and give SMEs and inventors the opportunity to test their pioneering sustainability innovations on real-life sites.

A spokesperson for caterer, BaxterStorey said: "The company now on the hunt for projects focused on employee engagement and cutting energy, water and waste consumption that can be piloted across a number of our operations and those of the other companies involved.

"Successful companies will have the chance to prove that their technologies work in a real environment and provide future clients with datasets to demonstrate this. The Innovation Gateway also provides SMEs with peer-to-peer networking opportunities and tools such as tailored workshops to accelerate their access to market.

Mike Hanson, Head of Sustainable Business at BaxterStorey, said: “We have been on the judging panel of the Innovation Gateway for a number of years and have seen first-hand the fantastic ideas this talent incubator can create. We are now really pleased to have the chance to trial some of the innovations within our business.

“The Innovation Gateway is geared towards finding new and inventive sustainability solutions. For us, that doesn’t just mean building on our existing environmental credentials but also looking for creative ways to support employees and clients. This is a real opportunity for us to add value to our business and that of our clients.”

Applications are open via the Innovation Gateway website and will close on 12 May 2016.

John Hayes, Head of Workplace Services, Royal Bank of Scotland, added: “We are really pleased to be building on the previous success of the Innovation Gateway and to be able to share our experiences with our new partners. Having partners on board will mean that our innovators and entrepreneurs will have greater opportunities to test their ideas. Our aim is to find ideas that are still at an early stage of development and to support these future innovations by testing them.

“From talking to entrepreneurs we have learnt that it is getting access to a market rather than finance which is their greatest barrier to success. We believe that is where the Innovation Gateway can play an important role through supporting trials, allowing more entrepreneurs to prove the effectiveness of their products and services.”

The initiative is being managed by 2degrees which will bring find crowd-sourcing to help things along.

Picture: A good excuse for a George and Dragon picture


Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 22 April 2016


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