Another GOLD for the Innovation Agency

Staff at the Innovation Agency in Warrington, Liverpool and Preston are celebrating after being accredited with the Investors In People Gold Award – for a second time.

They were accredited with the Investors in People Silver Award just two years after being established, in 2015. Shortly afterwards they achieved the coveted IIP Gold Award for their focus on staff development and wellbeing. Now, after another process of surveying staff and studying how the organisation works, the Innovation Agency has been reaccredited with the Gold status.

Investors in People Assessor Allyson Barton said: “Key strengths of note include outstanding, inspirational leadership; an exceptionally supportive and innovative values-based culture; a superb, well embedded and sophisticated approach to knowledge sharing through effective teamwork and collaboration across all areas to drive innovation. 

“Change and the people related challenges of relicensing have been managed particularly well with effective and transparent communications. Interviews with staff consistently confirmed that people enjoy great autonomy and high levels of job satisfaction in their roles which are richly rewarding and motivating for staff:   As one staff member said: ‘People have a lot of freedom to be creative here – it is a very unique organisation.’”

Chief Executive Dr Liz Mear paid tribute to the dedication and enthusiasm of staff. She said: “We have an excellent team with a range of skills, experience and knowledge which they bring to help organisations in our region to adopt new ways of working which improve the health of our population. “I am extremely proud of their positive attitude and dedication to our mission to improve healthcare.”

Several months ago, the Innovation Agency won the Bionow Business Support Award for the achievements of their commercial team in supporting local businesses with health innovations. This followed their successful bid for £3.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund for bespoke business support programmes in Liverpool, Warrington, Cheshire and Lancashire.

The work of the Innovation Agency and its 14 counterpart Academic Health Science Networks has recently been expanded with additional funding from the Office for Life Sciences for supporting businesses to introduce innovations into the NHS. Additional staff are currently being recruited to deliver a collaboration of Innovation Exchanges.

The Innovation Agency employs about 50 staff in Sci Tech Daresbury, Liverpool and Preston.

Pic caption: Dr Liz Mear with business admin apprentice Lauren Peate (left) and Associate Director for Education and Improvement Juliette Kumar (right)

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