Resources

We have compiled a selection of links you might find useful. The list contains links to TIL Managed Programmes, Business Innovation Support Services, general Innovation Tools & Resources and ICT & Social Media Resources. Please choose from the drop-down menu below:

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Research Report: Smartphone Use by Tourism and Travel Consumers 2011

With over 1 bn smartphones in circulation worldwide, this study looks into the use of smartphones in tourism, investigating how travellers and tourists use their mobile devices before and during their journeys, both for business and holidays.  

In addition to its theoretical implications, the results also have practical use to the industry, identifying what impact smartphone usage holds for tourism stakeholders and technology designers who wish to develop apps for mobile devices. 

Dr Shuna Marr, Lecturer and Undergraduate Programme Leader for Tourism at Edinburgh Napier University and Lesley Judge MSc, MCIM, Chief Executive of Smart Tourism in Edinburgh shared their findings with Targeting Innovation Ltd having undertaken the research required to compile this specialist report.

Survey Report: Social Media in Business 2011

Since the beginning of the “Social Media Revolution”, Targeting Innovation Ltd has worked with companies to help them make the most of their Social Media activities. Given our experience with the medium we were keen to understand more about how small and medium sized businesses in the UK are using Social Media.

We wanted to find some of the answers to questions such as

  • How many UK businesses and organisations are using Social Media?
  • Is the use of Social Media likely to increase in the near future?
  • Which platforms are businesses using and how is this likely to change?
  • How advanced are they in adopting Social Media into different aspects of their businesses?
  • What do businesses see as the main benefits of using Social Media?
  • What do they perceive as the main barriers and challenges?”

The study was undertaken in March/ April 2011, surveying 259 organisations from across the UK (although with a Scottish focus) and from a variety of industry sectors about the use of Social Media in a business context.

http://energise2-0.com/tag/energise/

Dr. Jim Hamill and Alan Stevenson's take on "energising your business" for Social Media success. Regular and very interesting news and blogs about everything related to Social Media.

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http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/

Scottish Enterprise identifyies and exploits the opportunities for economic growth by supporting Scottish companies to compete, build globally competitive sectors, attract new investment and create a world-class business environment.

 

Innovation Tools & Resources back to top
The UK Commercialisation Ecosystem (2009)

Targeting Innovation’s White Paper on The UK Commercialisation Ecosystem explores the roles British Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) play in an innovation driven economy, and summarises how the UK Government and the HE sector have responded to the increasing pressure on universities to act as agents of economic growth. The paper puts commercialisation and Knowledge Transfer (KT) into the broader context of globalisation and national economic strategy. It introduces different types of KT and spells out the main economic and social benefits.

Scottish University Spin-out Study (2008)

Targeting Innovation undertook the research required to compile this specialist report as it has assisted many spin-out companies since its inception 17 years ago, and has a long history of working with technology based businesses and early stage management teams, including successful assistance with the launch of several academic spin-outs and start-up companies.  The Study, which aimed to underline problematic areas for spin-outs, highlighted two key areas:

  • Securing funding
  • Incomplete technology and management

The report attempts to explain this by examining the challenges facing spin-outs and identifying some possible methods of overcoming such challenges.

 

http://www.innovationtools.com/

InnovationTools is the world's largest website focused on business innovation, creativity and brainstorming. It features articles, creativity tools, product guides, reviews of innovation books and a wealth of useful information relating to innovation.

Reports & White Papers back to top
Research Report: Smartphone Use by Tourism and Travel Consumers 2011

With over 1 bn smartphones in circulation worldwide, this study looks into the use of smartphones in tourism, investigating how travellers and tourists use their mobile devices before and during their journeys, both for business and holidays.  

In addition to its theoretical implications, the results also have practical use to the industry, identifying what impact smartphone usage holds for tourism stakeholders and technology designers who wish to develop apps for mobile devices. 

Dr Shuna Marr, Lecturer and Undergraduate Programme Leader for Tourism at Edinburgh Napier University and Lesley Judge MSc, MCIM, Chief Executive of Smart Tourism in Edinburgh shared their findings with Targeting Innovation Ltd having undertaken the research required to compile this specialist report.

Survey Report: Social Media in Business 2011

Since the beginning of the “Social Media Revolution”, Targeting Innovation Ltd has worked with companies to help them make the most of their Social Media activities. Given our experience with the medium we were keen to understand more about how small and medium sized businesses in the UK are using Social Media.

We wanted to find some of the answers to questions such as

  • How many UK businesses and organisations are using Social Media?
  • Is the use of Social Media likely to increase in the near future?
  • Which platforms are businesses using and how is this likely to change?
  • How advanced are they in adopting Social Media into different aspects of their businesses?
  • What do businesses see as the main benefits of using Social Media?
  • What do they perceive as the main barriers and challenges?”

The study was undertaken in March/ April 2011, surveying 259 organisations from across the UK (although with a Scottish focus) and from a variety of industry sectors about the use of Social Media in a business context.

The UK Commercialisation Ecosystem (2009)

Targeting Innovation’s White Paper on The UK Commercialisation Ecosystem explores the roles British Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) play in an innovation driven economy, and summarises how the UK Government and the HE sector have responded to the increasing pressure on universities to act as agents of economic growth. The paper puts commercialisation and Knowledge Transfer (KT) into the broader context of globalisation and national economic strategy. It introduces different types of KT and spells out the main economic and social benefits.

Scottish University Spin-out Study (2008)

Targeting Innovation undertook the research required to compile this specialist report as it has assisted many spin-out companies since its inception 17 years ago, and has a long history of working with technology based businesses and early stage management teams, including successful assistance with the launch of several academic spin-outs and start-up companies.  The Study, which aimed to underline problematic areas for spin-outs, highlighted two key areas:

  • Securing funding
  • Incomplete technology and management

The report attempts to explain this by examining the challenges facing spin-outs and identifying some possible methods of overcoming such challenges.

 

TIL Managed Programmes back to top
http://www.ee-yorkshire.com/yf/

The Enterprise Europe Network is the local gateway to a wealth of information on doing business, finding collaborative partners and increasing your competitiveness in Europe for Yorkshire-based businesses.

 

http://knx.astranet.org.uk/knx/

The South of Scotland Innovation Project can assist entrepreneurs across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway to grow their business through collaboration with other businesses , collaboration with Scotland’s academic sector  and sharing knowledge and expertise with peers