Taxation of Innovation – How UK tax incentives support the innovation lifecycle

Taxation of innovation r&d tax patent box cipa talk by ip tax solutions from Steve Livingston Here are the slides that I used to present to the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) at a seminar in Liverpool last week. The key relevant theme was the Patent Box (given the audience) but my objective was … Read moreTaxation of Innovation – How UK tax incentives support the innovation lifecycle

Reimagine your business using mobile technology

An interesting event this morning on “Redefining the Customer Experience using Mobile” hosted by the Institute of Directors (Young Directors Forum) held at the Alchemist in Manchester’s Spinningfields. In addition to some mind-boggling stats about the proliferation of mobile connections and apps being launched on a daily basis, the overarching message for businesses is that … Read moreReimagine your business using mobile technology

A business idea shared is a business (almost) launched!

As a budding entrepreneur, its understandable to want to hold onto and covet that killer business start-up idea. If you are on your own and perhaps struggling to drive the new business idea forward, the danger is that with every day you let pass, someone else gets closer to climbing ahead of you and launching the same or similar business. Or the pain or … Read moreA business idea shared is a business (almost) launched!

Effective communication need not cost the earth

If you’ve been wandering around the streets of Manchester of late, you might have noticed a new and ingenious advertising opportunity as demonstrated by ReverseGraffiti.co.uk on the pavements and side-walks. ReverseGraffiti.co.uk cleans paving slabs using just water and a stencil to spell out each striking advertising message. Simple, eco-friendly, clean, innovative and 100 times more noticeable than a billboard! Could this work for … Read moreEffective communication need not cost the earth

Social learning beats innovation to business success

Business Dilemma: You can build your business by either: Copying your competitors or Striking out to develop new Blue Ocean markets. Which is likely to be more successful? A fascinating new study carried out by Kevin Laland of the Universtity of St Andrews (covered in The New Scientist – 1 May 2010) suggests that the former copy-cat appoach is … Read moreSocial learning beats innovation to business success

Earning a Buck in the Digital Age – Delivering Professional Services to Digital & Creative Businesses

Pro.Manchester‘s Creative session on Earning a Buck in the Digital Age proved to be a compelling discussion on how professional service firms can work more effectively with the North West’s flourishing digital and creative businesses. Held at Halliwells in Manchester, the panel consisted of Simon Wharton, Nick Rhind, Shaun Fensom, Coral Grainger, Philip Hemsted and … Read moreEarning a Buck in the Digital Age – Delivering Professional Services to Digital & Creative Businesses

Zappos points to Future Business Model

You will see from the above video that Zappos is no ordinary company. Zappos launched in 1999 and today has annual sales in excess of $1billion. Zappos sells footwear and clothing online. Sounds fairly ordinary however, the key to Zappos’ success is its unwavering focus on building a unique community culture amongst its staff and … Read moreZappos points to Future Business Model

Patchwork Traditional Food Company launches new products NOT so traditionally

It is great to see The Patchwork Traditional Food Company: a) launching exciting new products and b) using new social media channels to good effect to launch quickly, cheaply and effectively. I’ve long been a HUGE fan of their pate so to see the launch of this ice cream is great news. Here is a … Read morePatchwork Traditional Food Company launches new products NOT so traditionally

Manchester sparks further innovation with FABLAB launch

  FABLAB as an institution is news to me but it sounds like a fantastic idea and – even better – they’ve recently opened their first UK based FABLAB in Ancoats, Manchester. FABLABs offers a mini hi-tech factory where people or companies can design and create pretty much….. anything using latest 3D machine cutters and technology. There are now over 35 … Read moreManchester sparks further innovation with FABLAB launch

Dyson backs ingenious Britain + Changes ahead for R&D tax credits & EIS?

James Dyson hits out at the existing “lacklustre” UK R&D tax credit system and its “botched” implementation by HM Revenue & Customs. Dyson is right in his assertion that the recent tightening of policy in restricting certain claims (e.g. for prototypes that are eventually sold) is fundamentally flawed, however, my experience of working with the … Read moreDyson backs ingenious Britain + Changes ahead for R&D tax credits & EIS?