Keep innovating

Innovation will change the way you do business for the better. This section outlines best practice operating models and how to access collaborative networks.

Build on the success of your innovation projects, embrace with new technologies and protect intellectual property. There is also a range of support from our innovation partners.

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Increase business growth through efficiency

Successful businesses are both innovative and efficient. This section provides information on how you can improve your business efficiency by reviewing work practices and structures, implement best practice such as lean thinking and operational excellence, and access support that will increase profitability and continuous improvement.

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Develop an innovative network

Many innovation projects are successful because they have benefited from a support networking and forming partnerships with universities, colleges and investors to boost their chances of success. This section provides information on the types of innovation networks which exist, how to get involved with them and the financial support available.

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Commercial benefits of innovation

By embedding innovation throughout your business, your products and services will become more commercially viable and attractive to the market. The information below will help you research and develop innovative new ideas, manage your business’ research and development process, attract and retain the best talent, and get inspiration from others.

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Innovate with new technologies

The introduction of technology can lead to innovative processes, products, services and working practices. Businesses that use new technologies such as artificial intelligence, or use technology to improve efficiency, become more innovative and strengthen their competitiveness as a result. This section outlines the benefits, risks and opportunities to your business.

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Protect your businesses intellectual property

Innovative businesses successfully protect their intellectual property (IP) and ensure they comply with all associated regulations. As IP laws vary from country to country, this section tells you how to get patent protection for your business, protect your IP abroad, protect your business against design infringements, and resolve patent disputes.

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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.

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