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Great News For SME’s: Innovation Funding of £19M Announced

New Funding To Develop Innovative Ideas Just in time for Christmas, Innovate UK has launched an innovation funding competition to support small and medium-sized firms to develop new and innovative ideas. To compete for a share of the £19 million fund, projects must demonstrate significant innovation that will lead to new products, processes or services in any […]

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Kickstarter: An Introduction to Crowdfunding

So… what IS crowdfunding anyway? Crowdfunding has been a buzzword in the startup industry for years. In the early 2000’s however, it existed mostly in the realms of a fairy tale – whilst the IDEA of funding a project through multiple small donations by many was realistic, there was simply was no practical way of […]

Dan Warne: Deliveroo’s MD On Driving Fresh Innovations

Dan Warne is the UK and Ireland’s Managing Director of Deliveroo, the innovative restaurant delivery service. Deliveroo has been delivering hot meals to the homes of people all over the world since 2013 and reportedly hit revenues of over £130 million last year. In the second instalment of our Innovation Heroes series, we talk to […]

7 Steps to Effective Creative Brainstorming

Almost all businesses will engage in brainstorming activities at some point. However, if the process isn’t managed correctly, it can quickly turn into a huge waste of time. Often, discussions can go off on tangents, circle the same ideas, or worse yet, they can lead to disagreements. For brainstorming to be successful, it needs to […]


Hiring: Social Media & Marketing Executive (Update: We Hired!)

Update 15-June 2017: We hired! We are very pleased to announce that we’ve found an extremely qualified social media manager called Kerry, who will be joining the BEAF team imminently! Look out for a proper introduction soon. BEAF Is Hiring! We currently have an exciting opportunity for a social media & marketing executive/manager, to look after […]

Shezad Nawab: Profoundly Deaf… And MBE Award-Winning Entrepreneur

  Innovation Heroes: Triumph Through Adversity Shezad Nawab is an award-winning entrepreneur  who has been actively involved in supporting a number of new business and start-ups over the last 15 years, as well working with SME’s to help them to grow their businesses. He is also profoundly deaf. In the second instalment of our Innovation […]


Less Is More: How These Low-Key Innovations Are Making A Difference

  Innovation Here, Innovation There…. Innovation is a term that gets bandied about rather willy-nilly. Seemingly ever other business now has an innovation arm, or at least someone with the title Innovation Manager. Or, more worryingly, ‘Innovation Guru’ – up there with Digital Prophet or Fashion Evangelist in terms of awful business titles. Business titles […]