Beginning to innovate?

Innovation should be systematic, manageable and cost-effective. This section will help you create an innovation strategy for your project and embed a business design approach in your operations, just like Finn Lough Resort.

Learn how to develop a successful brand, increase business efficiency and undertake research and development. There is also information on support available from our innovation partners.

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Use innovation to start or grow your business

Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas. It could involve starting a new business, or finding ways to increase efficiency and profitability. Find out how to create an innovative business, develop a plan of action, create new products and services, and access the right support.


Implement design thinking

As well as developing new products or services, business design can help to streamline your supply chain and workplace processes. Learn how to use design effectively within the workplace, document and manage the design process, put together a design team for your innovation project, and secure funding.


Design a successful brand

Innovation can involve developing a new product or service, or diversifying into a new market. Designing and managing a successful brand is an essential element of the innovation process. Explore these resources to choose a designer to work with or to develop a user-centred approach to web design.


Improve your business efficiency

Businesses of all sizes and from all industry sectors will benefit from increasing efficiency, improving working practices, implementing resource efficiency projects or introducing just-in-time production methods. Learn how to make your business more efficient and profitable by streamlining your processes and operating costs.


Research and develop ideas, new products and services

Research is essential to successful innovation. Explore the commercial benefits of research and development (R&D), develop a R&D strategy for your business, identify what R&D to do internally and what to outsource, manage key stages of the product lifecycle, and access available support.


Protect your intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) such as design rights, copyrights and patents are very valuable business assets. Get up to speed on how to license your copyright, search for and register designs, manage patents without infringing on other people’s design rights, and protect your IP and your business.

Support Finder

Get advice and support

The Northern Ireland business support finder is a searchable database that can help you find publicly-funded and not-for-profit sources of assistance.


Ideas to IP

This workshop from Queen's University Belfast will take participants through the basics of ideation and how it can extend to IP protection.