We have been transforming business performance and leading innovation projects for clients since 1993.
We started life in 1993 as ‘BIC Eryri’, the Business Innovation Centre for North West Wales. Following a management buy-out in 2004, we transformed into a private consultancy company specialising in innovation and growth. We have expanded beyond North Wales, working with clients across Wales, England and internationally.
Our key strengths are in research and development, innovation, manufacturing processes, internationalisation, export, finance and business planning; we use our deep functional expertise and sector knowledge, coupled with our strong relationships with the public sector and industry to grow sustainable businesses.
We work in partnership with public sector agencies, developing and implementing intervention programmes designed to support economic growth. Our programme portfolio includes Enterprise Europe Network, Innovate 2 Succeed, SMART Innovation, Welsh Government Food Sector Development Framework, Social Business Wales.
What unites us with our clients is a shared aspiration for growth, excellence and innovation. Using tried and trusted innovation tools and techniques, we truly “believe in change”.
Skills and Training
We help our clients identify the types of skills they need to grow their business. Our services include skills audits, gap analyses, Investors in People consultancy, workforce development plans, coaching and mentoring.
Business Strategy & Planning
Strategy is fundamental to successful businesses and cuts across all operational functions. Using our ICE (Innovation, commercialisation, exploitation) methodology, we help our clients inject creativity into their strategic thinking, prioritise ideas and commercialise and turn those ideas into value for the business
Business Growth Services
Our team of management accountants are steeped in industry experience. We understand our clients’ critical business drivers and what data they need to make better decisions. With integrated data, we help our clients with rolling projections, improved information systems and processes, key performance indicators, expansion & growth planning. We make sure our clients’ information systems are fit for growth.
Innovation and Research & Development
We work within the Innovation fields by encouraging companies with growth potential to develop R&D led innovative new products or services.
We can help you find international markets for your products/services and help you build your supply chains, whatever sector you operate in. If you are a food or drink business, we also offer specialist export support and assistance.
Marketing planning & communications
Our strategic marketing team has worked at senior levels within industry and offer insight, business acumen and creativity to help you develop and implement your marketing plans.
We work closely with clients to design and implement quality management systems which support their growth plans. Our team are experienced in a range of accredited standards, including ISO 9001, BRC, and SALSA.
We also advise on factory design and layout, Diagnostic Reviews, Lean Manufacturing support and Process Innovation.
R&D Logger Mobile App
The government supports R&D activity and offers a tax incentive that effectively means that costs (including your time and that of colleagues and partner organisations) can be included in the calculation of the R&D tax credit. Our app helps you record this R&D activity.
Our experts have deep expertise across key sectors, offering you specialist and tailored solutions to help your business grow.
Science Park Support
BIC’s offer in relation to supporting the development of science parks and innovation centres is mainly focused on progressing concepts, business planning, scope specification, procurement and project management as client agents. With direct experience of delivering innovation capacity projects, BIC has an unique perspective to add value given our direct engagement with industry and future beneficiaries.
Food and Drink
Our team of food & drink experts have technical, operational, commercial and strategic skills and expertise which they have developed from years of working at senior levels in the food industry.
Our clients include companies from all food and drink sectors and we work with them to help them achieve their growth ambitions.
BIC team members have worked within the healthcare and life sciences sector to senior board level. Roles have included sales and business development, R&D, operations, clinical and international responsibilities. We offer experience in life sciences with biology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, in vitro diagnostic, orthopaedics, e-health and healthcare for medical device expertise. We work with the NHS, Welsh Government and Innovate UK to support businesses to develop their products, technologies and services.
A key thrust for BIC is helping to transform manufacturers in all aspects of their offer. This includes helping them with globally competitive new products and services, creating their own IP or licensing, the way they brand, market and promote themselves, their skills and capacity, but also exploring new business models, supply chains and collaborative development with business and academia.
Energy and Environment
We have knowledge and expertise in the energy and environment Sector from hands-on management of environmental waste to technologies and processes for energy production. We offer technical and business support for valorisation of waste, reuse and recycling, energy production and de-carbonisation. We work with leading universities and research institutes, innovative technology start-ups, major groups, the EU and rural agencies to deliver low-carbon, low-waste solutions that really make a difference.
BIC Innovation offers a wide and varied range of services provided to clients through funded programmes:
Enterprise Europe Network
Future Foods Programme
Innovate 2 Succeed
Social Business Wales
Accelerated Growth Programme
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