CMM managing director, Graham Allen, recently featured in the “member spotlight” section of The Ingenuity Network’s newsletter. Nottingham University’s Ingenuity programme launched 10 years ago and has since grown into a thriving community of over 1,800 individuals, all of whom benefit from networking opportunities and wide ranging input aimed at supporting SMEs. Summing up his relationship with the Network, Graham said:

“I started attending the Ingenuity Network from the very start and it has provided me personally with a range of benefits, for example:

•being taken out of my comfort zone
•giving me and the business a parallax view, by which I mean providing different perspectives on one object, giving a more rounded approach
•it has assisted me in considering new ways of doing things, for example the Classics Department talking to us about storytelling.

Early in the process I put my hand in the air at an Ingenuity event and said I had a complaint: it was that the network should have started 15 years ago.

Ingenuity has given us access to academics and to areas of research that would previously have been hidden behind closed doors in what I perceived as an unapproachable institution. It is invaluable for providing networking opportunities with other businesses and with university staff and academics. Since joining the Ingenuity Network, our business has benefited from two graduate placements and involvement in an R&D project.

Being a member of the Ingenuity Network has given us a broader perspective as a business and has allowed us to take time out at a convenient time of day to reflect on new ideas and concepts. I would recommend the Network to other business owners as a springboard for new opportunities and ideas.”

If you are in the Nottingham area and would like to find out more about how your business could benefit from working with The University of Nottingham you can sign up to the Ingenuity newsletter which will keep you updated with local business news and the latest events programme.

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