Foodservice provider BaxterStorey has partnered with the RBS Innovation Gateway to support small companies with big ideas. The foodservice provider will give SMEs and inventors the opportunity to test their pioneering sustainability innovations on BaxterStorey sites.
BaxterStorey is now on the hunt for projects focused on employee engagement and cutting energy, water and waste consumption that can be piloted across a number of its operations. Successful companies will have the chance to prove that their technologies work in a real environment and provide future clients with datasets to demonstrate this. The Innovation Gateway also provides SMEs with peer-to-peer networking opportunities and tools such as tailored workshops to accelerate their access to market.
Mike Hanson, Head of Sustainable Business at BaxterStorey, said: “We have been on the judging panel of the Innovation Gateway for a number of years and have seen first-hand the fantastic ideas this talent incubator can create. We are now really pleased to have the chance to trial some of the innovations within our business.
“Innovation Gateway is geared towards finding new and inventive sustainability solutions. For us, that doesn’t just mean building on our existing environmental credentials but also looking for creative ways to support employees and clients. This is a real opportunity for us to add value to our business and that of our clients.”
Applications are open via the Innovation Gateway website and will close on 12 May 2016. BaxterStorey’s shortlist will then be asked to pitch for the opportunity to implement their innovation.
John Hayes, Head of Workplace Services, Royal Bank of Scotland, added: “We are really pleased to be building on the previous success of the Innovation Gateway and to be able to share our experiences with our new partners. Having partners on board will mean that our innovators and entrepreneurs will have greater opportunities to test their ideas. Our aim is to find ideas that are still at an early stage of development and to support these future innovations by testing them.
“From talking to entrepreneurs we have learnt that it is getting access to a market rather than finance which is their greatest barrier to success. We believe that is where the Innovation Gateway can play an important role through supporting trials, allowing more entrepreneurs to prove the effectiveness of their products and services.”
The initiative is being managed by 2degrees which will bring its proven track record in crowd-sourcing innovation, helping BaxterStorey to find and foster the innovations.
To find out more details or to submit an innovation, go to innovationgateway.rbs.com