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Business Masterclasses will help future-proofing the Scottish economy

Scottish Enterprise has announced the continuation of its nation-wide programme of workplace innovation Masterclasses confirming Scotland’s status as one of the most pro-active European countries promoting long-term sustainable economic growth through the development of inclusive and creative workplaces.

The contract to conduct the next 12 Masterclasses over a three year programme has been awarded to Workplace Innovation Europe Limited (WIE), a not-for-profit organisation which successfully delivered Scottish Enterprise’s Workplace Innovation Engagement Programme (WIEP) where 19 business were engaged in a ground-breaking combination of individual learning and development, peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and experience, and on-site coaching and facilitation.

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Together with our Dutch partners, we were the co-creators of the workplace innovation concept which has now taken root in European Commission policy and in the economic strategies of several countries, including Scotland.

The Masterclass programme is designed to meet a key objective of Scottish Enterprise’s Workplace Innovation Service, that of increasing awareness and understanding within the business community of how business performance and employee working life are enhanced through the adoption of Fair Work principles and workplace innovation practices including values-based leadership, contributing significantly to the goals of the Scottish Government’s Inclusive Growth strategy.

The Masterclasses will be delivered at venues throughout Scotland and will examine why and how workplace innovation is driving business growth by releasing talent in the knowledge economy. They will focus on people-centred change and how to meaningfully engage employees in innovation, sustainable improvement and cultural change at work.

Peter Totterdill Director of WIE

We bring a unique body of fresh thinking, evidence-based approaches and innovative resources to the Masterclasses through our work with diverse enterprises and other stakeholders in Scotland, across the rest of Europe, and beyond.

Masterclasses are a valuable means of raising awareness and stimulating action, but the challenge is that of maintaining momentum and commitment after the event. To this end we have already recruited a number of workplace innovation ambassadors from the Scottish business community who are willing to share their experience of change at the Masterclasses and they will line up with a panel of acknowledged workplace innovation experts from across Europe.

Rosemary Exton WIE Co-director


What they said following our Scottish Enterprise Masterclass held in Glasgow:

“A very inspiring and energizing event, thank you!” (Leanne McAllister, AutoRek)
“Really inspiring to see how positive the speakers were and what differences innovation can bring to every sector.” (Alison Kerr, Sartorius)
“Valuable practical insight into translating strategy into action.” (Louise Stevenson, Booth Welsh)
“These forums, where ideas and experiences can be shared in a collaborative environment, are so useful to debunk fears of feeling like your own ideas are just coming from an echo chamber.” (Anon)


Next Masterclass

Workplace Innovation Masterclass: People Leading Change

Date: May 21
Time: 09:30 – 13:00
Location: Edinburgh Training & Conference Venue

Organisational change is becoming a permanent feature of working life as competitive pressures demand the continuous reinvention and improvement of products, services and processes. Yet according to several studies, the majority of change initiatives fail to achieve their promise because they don¹t secure the active participation of employees and other key stakeholders. This Masterclass will demonstrate how successful change can be inspired from the top whilst unleashing the ideas and experience of the entire workforce, combining the strategic insights of senior teams with the tacit knowledge of empowered employees at all levels.

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Further Masterclasses

Workplace Innovation: Employee-Driven Innovation & Improvement

Date: August 27
Location: Aberdeen

A new understanding of innovation is emerging, one in which the creation of new products, services and processes runs through the culture of the entire organisation and is no longer the sole preserve of experts and entrepreneurs. This Masterclass will show how innovative companies across Europe are harnessing the creativity and initiative of employees at every level with remarkable results for competitiveness and performance.


Workplace Innovation: Industry 4.0, Digitalisation and Future Work

Date: November 27
Location: Stirling

Digital technologies offer vast potential for improving efficiency and transforming the production of goods and services. We also know that these gains are only fully realised when technological innovation and workplace innovation are considered together. Drawing on international evidence, experiences and good practice, the Masterclass will explore a roadmap showing how leading companies are achieving the best possible synergies between digital potential and human potential as well as the best possible returns on investment.


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