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What can Geminus do for you?   Do you know exactly what Geminus can do for you? We may have found you some funding, increased your R&D tax claim for you, or help you get more from your people. But very few people see our full range of services as an Innovation Agency.  It’s been a long trek, but we’re now getting to a point where we’ve able to deliver …

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R&D Claims for software

R&D Tax Claims for Software Projects   A while back, I wrote a blog about a client who’s accountant had filed a claim for software development. Their activities were totally ineligible, as they weren’t sufficiently technically challenging. I’ve just got back from a claim meeting with a new client who develops software. It’s great to say that the HMRC guidelines are now clearer than ever. They act as a great …

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How to master the innovation process within your organisation

Organisational Innovation: Mastering the Innovation process   Innovation’s innovation – isn’t it? Certainly not. The challenges differ greatly as organisations get larger. However, breaking larger organisations down into smaller “divisions” clearly helps us to implement a successful innovation process.     Our Study for Lancashire County Council: Get Innovation   A while ago, we performed a range of studies into innovation within Lancashire. Within the study we addresses a wide …

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maximise your research and development tax credit

You can reap benefits when you maximise your research and development tax credit claim   Money makes the world go around – and its no different with research and development. However, while most people think about the long term commercial benefits, there is something a little closer to home which brings a more immediate return. When you learn how to maximise your research and development tax credit claim, the benefits …

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Research and Development

Research and Development is key in developing new ideas which help you jump and stay ahead of the chasing pack. It’s not as hard as you think, and you’re probably doing a lot of the right things already.      Every day, you and your team probably address a range of technical challenges from which you learn – this is Research and Development. You apply these lessons to work you …

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Engineering in Lancashire

Are you Manufacturing or Engineering in Lancashire? There are a series of world class support programmes which are about to deliver amazing support to you.      Back in 2007 I was a Knowledge Transfer Manager at the North West Development Agency’s Innovation Team. Our North West Science Fund project funded the development of leading edge technologies in Universities across the North West. My role within this project was nurturing commercial application …

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Eligible Activities for an R&D Tax Claim

Every job requires a specific level of knowledge and competence. If you use the wrong tool, you can destroy something beyond repair. So who do you trust completing your R&D Claim?     When happens when you have help from the wrong people when completing your R&D claim? I had a recent client experience which was somewhat eye-opening. They had performed some fabulous work, but it simply didn’t meet the …

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disruptive business models

Disruptive business models challenge the current ways of working, and threaten significant change.     When you develop disruptive business models, the “disruption” typically happens in two places. Firstly, the target beneficiaries need to change their working ways in order to achieve the benefits. However the major disruption comes to the traditional practitioners in the associated arena. These businesses tend to meet the change with negativity. This is through their fear …

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innovation culture

Developing an culture of growth through Innovation   Many years before running our own innovation consultancy, I worked for a large multi-national aircraft manufacturer. Part of the company were extremely forward thinking in terms of innovation, but there was one major challenge. Their innovation capacity was isolated  – there were pockets of activity, but no innovation culture that ran through the organisation.  I really realised this when I was called …

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grant funding

Grant Funding: Don’t ask How, ask Why.   One of the most common question we get asked is “what grant funding is available?”. In all honesty, funding isn’t always what the client needs. This is why we usually answer with the question “it depends what you want to do”.  Our first step is to sift those who have a requirement for funding which is aligned with their plan and strategy. …

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types of innovation

Commercialising ideas is the key to generating value from them. Without this, they’re worthless thoughts. Many people (especially those in government) believe that all innovation requires academic or scientific support. We demonstrate how this theory is totally detached from the reality of commercialising various types of innovation.    Academia offers essential support to innovation, but should never be the driving factor – the reason for this, is that the services they offer are …

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increase productivity

How your people can increase productivity in your business.   Businesses who lead their respective marketplaces constantly find ways to increase productivity. If you were offered the chance to:  increase productivity beyond your best competitors develop leading edge ways of working, or  maximise your employee engagement & satisfaction?  … which one would you choose?     What if one method could help you achieve all three?   The stats about the UK’s …

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creative thinking

Solving your problems with creative thinking techniques   Does Innovation have to be revolutionary, disruptive or managed in-house? We use a series of my favourite, real life examples of creative thinking to demonstrate our point. This question will never be fully answered to the satisfaction of everyone. You get the open school of thought on the left stating that even minor changes can be innovative. Then, you get the hardcore …

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