Since it was established 10 years ago, The Ingenuity Network has grown into a thriving community of over 1800 individuals. Here, we feature examples of how some of those individuals have benefited from working with the University of Nottingham.
This month our featured member is Philip Elliott of Philip Elliott Associates who has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of credit control and debt management for companies and small businesses.
Philip Elliott Associates works with SMEs and other businesses to help them manage credit control and debt recovery. Philip set up the business in Nottingham in 2013 and his colleague Robyn Baxter, a law graduate, joined in 2016 as legal support.
Asked about his company’s experience of Ingenuity Breakfast Events, Philip said: “We attended our first Ingenuity Breakfast Event on sales and networking techniques in 2016.
“Of course, we find the Ingenuity events are an incredibly valuable way of meeting other businesses and networking. But what I’ve really appreciated is the insight they give us into key areas of business. In July 2017, we went to a breakfast event presented by Dr Hannah Noke and Paul Kirkham of the University’s Business School. The subject was, What is an Entrepreneurial Organisation? which drew on the University of Nottingham’s research with enterprises and businesses of all sizes.
“We all probably consider ourselves to be entrepreneurial – that’s why we’re in business – but this event really made me think about what they called ‘innovating from within’ and what more we could do to be more active in developing opportunities, rather than waiting for them to present themselves. That kind of applied academic insight is something we would find difficult to tap into otherwise. Since then, we’ve started promoting our ‘white label invoicing’ services directly to clients.
“We attend all of the Ingenuity breakfast events and we’re participating in the Nottingham Internship Scheme this summer.
“As well as the learning, we’ve made some great contacts and it encourages us to keep looking outward – it’s too easy to get buried under your work.
“These type of events are ideal for businesses who are too small to have R&D or business development arms and for whom research has to be applied. As a network, you also know that you are going to be with people who are like-minded and whose experiences you can also learn from, as well as from the speakers.
And the breakfasts are great too!