Business Education & Training

Build Skills in your business – Free training for SME’s In Derbyshire & Nottingham

Build Skills in your business – Free training for SME’s In Derbyshire & Nottingham

The Innovation Community Lab (ICL) is designed to support local SMEs, a network for aspiring managers and/or ambitious new starters.

Specially for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire SMEs, ICL is a thirty hour programme of interactive and engaging workshops designed to share knowledge and skills around innovation to develop their confidence, business skills and leadership potential. The programme will be delivered at Hallmark Hotel, DE1, Derby.

Best way to describe this is a graduate scheme designed to support SMEs, delegates attending will have less than 5 years’ work experience. This is offered free of charge to eligible SMEs.

Delegates on the ICL programme are given tools and knowledge to support your SME to generate and implement new ideas. Delegates will become more confident in forming and pitching their ideas, and have the supporting business and analytical skills to properly consider and reflect upon their suggestions. ICL can encourage them to contribute to product development, to reflect upon and propose a new service or process, or do something else entirely. All key skills for an entry level candidate to grow and develop their career.

We are flexible and open to all industry sectors and delegates can come from a wide range of job roles. This means that they will not only benefit from the course itself but also have the opportunity to build their own professional network across a diverse range of businesses who have a varied range of skills and experience.  Delegates should be eager to learn and keen to develop their careers within your organisation. Further information about the programme is attached for information.

Please find more details below, to take part complete the enrolment form (we can accept up to two delegates per business).

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact or call 0115 848 2569.


Innovation Community Lab (ICL) Programme

Finding and developing creative talent to generate innovative solutions and products is fundamental to sustainable business growth.

Our Innovation Community Lab (ICL) programme delivers support to businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to develop and enhance a workforce of talent, required to enable innovation.

The programme aims to share knowledge and best practice between businesses, allows for personal development and acts as a platform to support SMEs with growth and innovation.

There will be six sessions on the programme:

Date Session Time
Thursday 27 July Introduction 1-5pm
Thursday 31 August Illustrate your Idea 1-5pm
Thursday 28 September Implement the Idea 1-5pm
Thursday 26 October Initiate Sustainability 1-5pm
Thursday 23 November Invite Change 1-5pm
Tuesday 12 December Ignite your Innovation 1-5pm

For more information and book today by completing our enrolment form.

Further information of support available through the ERDF project can be found here


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