CFW Innovation Database
Are You Innovating in the Construction Sector in Wales?
The Construction Innovation Index Wales is a new project designed to recognise, celebrate and promote the innovative products, services and processes of construction and related supply chain companies across Wales. It has been long recognised by Welsh companies in the built environment that there are many innovations that are not always visible to companies going through the bidding process, or indeed through the design and construction phases of a project. Consequently, ‘door step’ solutions are inadvertently bypassed, by bringing in solutions from farther afield, losing valuable business to Welsh innovative companies.
Wales has a strong commitment to developing innovation across the construction sector. The CITB forecasts growth across the Welsh construction sector is set to outstrip the rest of the UK throughout 2018 and beyond. The development of The Construction Wales Innovation Centre together with the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme provide just two examples of major investment in construction innovation.
The Construction Innovation Index Wales will profile and celebrate the Country’s most innovative construction sector businesses and share their stories, not just across Wales but the wider UK. The campaign is being delivered by the media and publishing division of BE Group.
Innovation doesn’t need to be, and often isn’t, creating something new that doesn’t already exist. Especially in growing firms, it can be about adapting or amending existing solutions to create something new.
It can be in the products, services or solutions taken to market or developed for customers. Equally, it can be the way a business is managed; or the processes and systems created or adapted which are innovative.
Given the breadth of activity across the construction sector in Wales, the launch of the Index will be a new way to raise the profile of some of the most innovative businesses across the Country – in conjunction with Construction Futures Wales.
The Innovation Zone
Innovation can help your business become more competitive, increase sales and enter new markets. The Innovation zone is designed so that you can find out what support and funding is available to help you innovate.
We can help you to:
- invest in research and development (R&D)
- introduce new techniques and technologies in design and manufacturing
- protect your assets through intellectual property (IP) rights
- access facilities and expertise in universities and colleges
To find out more call on 03000 6 03000 or visit the Innovation website.
Protecting your Intellectual Property - guidance from the UK IPO
Intellectual property is something unique that you physically create - an idea alone is not intellectual property.
For example, an idea for a book is not intellectual property, but the words you’ve written are.
Copyright, patents, designs and trade marks are all types of intellectual property protection.
Your intellectual property is either protected automatically from theft or copying, or you can register it to protect it.
By knowing your rights and having the right type of protection you can stop people stealing or copying:
- the names of your products or brands
- your inventions
- the design or look of your products
- things you write, make or produce
Protecting your intellectual property makes it easier to take legal action against anyone who steals or copies it.
The type of protection you can get depends on what you’ve created, and more than one type of protection could be linked to a single product.
You can find out what type of intellectual property you have using the IP Equip service on the GOV.UK website.
Further information can be found in the GOV.UK guide Intellectual property and your work.