Driving Innovation

Creating an Innovation Culture

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Innovation has nothing to do with how many R & D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it. Steve Jobs

In this session we will be looking at innovation and creativity. Sustainable competitive advantage is the holy grail of business and we’ll be considering the impact a focus on creativity and innovation has in creating market-leading products and services.

We are pleased to welcome back Dr Wendy Ross who will start the session by building on her previous talk, sharing her insights on creativity and problem solving and exploring how these can be fostered within organisations.

This will be followed by Richard Ross who will start to take some of those ideas and apply them in the context of disruptive innovation, answering the questions.

After the break we are delighted to be joined by Chris Sargisson who will share his experience of building highly innovative businesses. By the end of the session we aim for you to have a clearer path to making the most of the creativity and innovation that already sits in your organisation.



The Possibilities of Disruption Dr Wendy Ross

Disruptive innovation – getting the job done Richard Ross

Comfort Break

Building an innovative business Chris Sargisson

Questions and Close

Our guest speakers:

Dr Wendy Ross Dr Wendy Ross is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at London Metropolitan University. She has published over 30 academic articles on the topics of serendipity and creativity. She is a founding director of the Possibility Studies Network which works with UNESCO and OECD on fostering possibility as well as co-chair of the Serendipity Society. Her research is explicitly cognitive in nature, focusing on the underlying thought patterns and processes that help us make the most of an uncertain world.

Chris Sargisson

Chris Sargisson divides his time between supporting businesses in Norfolk and East Anglia as CEO of Hethel Innovation and as a growth, brand and innovation consultant with Sargisson Associates. This follows a recent and extremely successful 5 years as CEO of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, followed by a stint heading Diss and Thetford Citizens Advice. Chris is a disruptor with over 25 years’ experience within digital start-ups and consulting. Chris worked in the 1990s shaping Norwich Union Direct before leaving to set up and launch its4me plc, one of the UK’s most successful online car insurance brokers and major Norwich employer. Chris also created House Revolution – one of the UK’s first online estate agencies, alongside running his own business consultancy practice which has helped organisations of all sizes across the UK. He also sits and chairs a variety of boards from business to education, the arts to innovation.

Date: 22 April 2024

Time(s): 6.00pm til 8.00pm

Where: The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

The Masterclass will last around two hours with questions and be of interest to all investors but particularly those who can see retirement on the horizon. Coffee or tea and exceptionally fine cake will be served

This is an in-person session so places are limited. We are keen to keep our Masterclasses free of charge. To help achieve this please could you try to honour your commitment to attend or let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to make it so your place can be allocated to someone else?

Please note the date has changed from that originally advertised.

This year, we are proud to support The Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity. If you find the masterclass useful we would encourage you to make a donation to support their work.
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What people have to say about previous events....

Two great presentations - although I'd experienced the business sale process before was good to hear the pitfalls from James again. Richard is always easy to listen to and his delivery is great. James explained each element in a interesting way - could easily have lost people if the delivery had been tedious! Love the idea of the presentations - this one was less interesting to me than the previous one - cake made up for it!

Michael Bayley | Barric Limited

Radostina was marvelous, intelligent and had a lovely presence. Excellent speaker. Both talks were informative and intelligent. There were plenty of takeaways and the peer-to-peer conversation was engaging as well. Also, the cake halfway was a nice touch. I'll do anything for cake.

Rob Morley | Fountain Partnership

Beginning to plan seriously for retirement and being a relative newbie in Norwich, it was refreshing to be introduced to a firm that places great emphasis on technical analysis and thoughtful planning. Too often, in my experience, IFAs are more concerned with style over substance but Chadwicks, through their Masterclass sessions offer real insight into investment management and retirement planning. Whether as a professional adviser or, like myself, someone looking for genuine insight into the changing times of today, I would recommend the sessions wholeheartedly.

Andrew Thorpe | Former Finance and Operations Director | Jarrold Norwich

This was my first event, and I was impressed with how it was operated, the topics covered and the quality of the speakers.

Faith Pearce | MA Partners LLP

I have been a regular attendee at Chadwick’s business seminars for several years and without fail I have found the sessions to be useful and practical on the one hand whilst thought provoking and inspiring on the other. Many advisers can put on topical seminars, few can make you feel that you want to go on to study the subject yourself!

Dawn Parkes | Managing Partner | Hatch Brenner

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Jordon King | Delta Fire Ltd

I enjoyed all the sessions and took away a golden nugget or two from each of them.

Tracey Aldous | Mint BB

Good choice of presentations, all of interest, good venue ... So many people don't think of the impact of retirement soon enough on both our finances and our wellbeing. All businesses would benefit from having these presentations for those in their late 50's and early 60's to get individuals thinking about what they need to do and what they want to do, to ease themselves into retirement.

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