“Welcome to the Innovation Network – we  foster exploration and promotion of good practice in the leadership and practice of innovation within UK high-tech manufacturing.

More than ever it helps to belong to a unique learning and sharing community of diverse and accomplished peers – innovators, strategic leaders and mid-career professionals trained in various disciplines, from organisations of varying sizes, sectors and stages of economic growth.  Why not come and join us!”

Siobhan Soraghan BSc MBA, Founder, Active Insight, and facilitator of the Innovation Network.

What We Are About

We offer a friendly forum where innovators can share a diverse range of knowledge, experience, mindsets and approaches. This inspires fresh thinking and can lead to fruitful collaborations.

Participants from large organisations can break free of institutionalized thinking, those from smaller organisations can mix with a powerful peer group they may not otherwise have.  Specialists can place their expertise in a wider business context, and younger participants can develop professionally.

Our typical speakers are eminent technologists and thought-leaders who’d otherwise be difficult to access.

Furthermore, membership confers attractive discounts off workshops, masterclasses and coaching.

The capacity to innovate and achieve goals is enhanced – while having a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting time!

Innovation begins on the inside – be forever learning!

What makes us different?

We make networking for intellectuals a comfortable and enjoyable experience, but we also believe dialogue and exploration are key.

Our events not only enable members to learn from eminent speakers, thinkers, strategists and policy-makers, but also to discuss and debate in small, relaxed groups. These carefully facilitated conversations forge relationships and encourage the sharing of wisdom. New thinking and insights are drawn from the diverse in-depth knowledge and experience of our speakers and membership.

We also extend our members’ horizons beyond their immediate expertise by learning about the wider business environment and focusing on the human and organisational aspects of innovation. Such insights as people dynamics and business structures are invaluable for anyone occupying (or aspiring to) a senior position that requires leadership and management of teams and departments.

If your organisation is not yet a member, you are welcome to attend your first of our regular events (see the orange entries in the Calendar) at a big discount to experience what happens at our events and to check us out!

Become a member

If you are a senior technologist or a strategic leader in a high-tech manufacturing business, you will be joining a unique community of professionals.

By taking out an annual subscription, your organisation becomes a member of the Network and secures a place for a nominated person at our informative events and special access to a range of enhancing activities. The more subscriptions your organisation has, the more people can attend and benefit from our special network.

For us, diversity is important. Our membership is made up of a wide range of disciplines, sectors and organisations large and small at different stages of growth, from engineers and scientists in many fields to professional advisers and business managers. They are all deeply curious about disruptive technologies and about advances in the leadership of innovation in other organisations and sectors. They seek to explore the potential benefits for their own organisations and for their personal leadership effectiveness.

We ensure a comfortable and relaxed environment to foster interaction. Topics for discussion are suggested by Network members, elucidated by speakers at the forefront of their fields, and explored by participants through rich dialogue. Members, and non-members interested in joining us, are welcome.

Members’ words:

Today’s innovators – creating tomorrow’s world!

What exactly do we do?

We have adapted quickly to socially distanced times – we’ve reconfigured existing activities and introduced new initiatives to meet current needs that will use the latest communications technology.  This means we can maintain the interaction and rich dialogue which make the Innovation Network so special.

Find out more about our activities


The Innovators’ Assembly

This event takes place in June each year.  We have a stimulating range of speakers to address the four innovation landscapes: Global, National, Organisational, Individual.

These are designed to stretch innovators beyond the realm of the purely technological, to help innovators consider the context in which they operate, from macro to micro.

However, we also bring some amazing stories of cutting edge tech developments.

And just as important, delegates get the opportunity to meet in small groups and connect with a wide range of other participants, whether the event is face-to-face or virtual.

Indeed for 2021…

  • If vaccines have been made readily available between now and then we will have a big gathering at a major conference venue on the 3rd of June – and no doubt a sense of celebration will prevail.
  • If not, then no problem, we will run the event online as a highly interactive dynamic affair in four parts – one a week during June (3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th), addressing each of the landscapes above.

We’re prepared either way!

Watch out for the heads up about which way it will go.

Find out more about the Assembly
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In these unprecedented times it’s more important than ever to stay connected. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Innovation Network.

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