Accelerated New Product Development

Do you want to take your business to the next level of growth? Do you need to improve the speed and success of your new product and process development processes? HIE is launching an exciting new initiative with PA Consulting to help you accelerate your business growth. 

You can download your application form herePlease return your completed application form to Entrepreneurship@hient.co.uk 

A three month programme will start in September 2017 for businesses that are frustrated with their current pace of growth and are open to adopting new ways of thinking and working.  

The programme will start with an in-depth and intensive two day workshop in Inverness on 13 and 14 September 2017. This will take you through the key steps of rapid new product or process development. The workshop will be delivered by Steve Carden from PA Consulting, a renowned expert in this field. Participants will be contacted in advance of the workshop so the content is relevant to your business needs. Participants will also benefit from learning from and networking with the other businesses in the cohort.  

After the workshop you will have a bespoke three month action plan for your business. You will be assisted to implement the action plan by specialists from PA Consulting and the HIE Innovation Team. This advice and assistance will be delivered by Skype or phone to minimise the time you need to take away from running your business. You will also have access to online training materials and webinars to keep you on the right track. 

The cohort of businesses on the programme will meet for a final session on 12 December 2017 in Inverness to reflect upon progress and next steps. This session will also be delivered and facilitated by Steve Carden and other specialists from PA Consulting. A high level schedule for the programme is outlined below.

If you think your business will benefit from accelerating your new product and process development processes and wish to register your interest in the programme, please contact Entrepreneurship@hient.co.uk

Overview of Key Dates

Workshop 1

Date:      Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September 2017
              Networking dinner for participants on 13 September
Venue:    Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness
Agenda:  Overview and key steps within new product and process development
Outputs:  Participants will leave with a 3 month action plan. Support to implement the action plan                    will be provided by specialists from PA Consulting.

Workshop 2

Date:      Tuesday 12 December 2017

Venue:    Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness
Agenda:  Summary of lessons learned and progress with implementation


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