Rise and Design: The Power of Innovation

Friday 23rd February: 10:00 – 12:30

Venue - The Chapter Hall, Leeds

Innovation is one of those words that can be overused to the point of being meaningless. But it's actually critical for your organisation.

And may not be what you think it is.

Yes, innovation can mean the creation of new products, but changing the way you speak to your customers, manage your team, or finding new suppliers can radically improve your business.

So we're going to be hearing about different ways you can change your business for the better, so that afterwards, you can do it too.

Speakers include -

Fiona Conor, Trust Electric Heating

Fiona will tell us all about the development of their award-winning NEOS electric radiator. Incorporating novel, natural materials, with intricate designs to increase airflow and therefore efficiency, it has taken ten years of development to perfect. As well as relying on their own team of engineers, they worked with Huddersfield University to test the various patented technologies against competitive products, which even resulted in a number of academic papers.

But it wasn't all plain sailing, and Fiona will give us a no holds barred account of what their innovation journey looked like, and the successes that have resulted from it.


Darren Evans, The Engine Room

Your brand is defined by your customers’ perception of your organisation. Capturing their hearts and minds is essential. The Engine Room are experts in uncovering, defining and visualising what makes businesses different - inside and out. And they have awards to prove it.

Whether it's entering new markets, increasing exports, launching a new product, or understanding customers better, an innovative approach will always beat doing the same old thing.

Darren will show us how it's done.

Richard Hall, Pd-m International

Richard has over thirty years experience in innovation, research, engineering, product development and manufacture, and he and his team work with entrepreneurs, start-ups, spin-outs, SME’s, manufacturers, PLC’s, Universities and the NHS, from early stage research through to commercialisation.

Making money from innovation is a complex and challenging journey, with many pitfalls along the way, every project requiring a tailored strategy in order to maximise the potential of the innovation.

That right approach is dependant on your experience in innovation, your appetite, where your are currently and where you want to get to.

Richard will share some of his vast experience to help you learn about the different types of strategy, and discover for yourself the most appropriate process for success.





Design Network North was established in 2007 with the aim of...

‘increasing the contribution that design makes to the economy’

We firmly believe that great design can improve any product, service or business. If you’re a business who needs some design input to develop a new product or to improve something you do already, we can introduce you to someone who can help.