Northumbrian Water teamed up with a range of businesses from across the North East, as well as national and global companies such as Three Mobile, Microsoft and Teal Enterprises, for a special day looking at innovation.
Innov8 My Day took place at the Seaham offices shared by Northumbrian Water and its key partners, MMB, Esh-Stantec, Interserve, Wood and Turner & Townsend, and is part of its work to become the water industry′s most innovative company.
Being innovative is a crucial part of how the company finds ways to deliver an unrivalled, inclusive and affordable customer experience, and provide water and wastewater services that are reliable and resilient.
Fully-booked workshops with guest speakers were complemented by an innovation "market place", where companies took the opportunity to demonstrate their own new innovations and talk about how they can benefit the water industry.
One of the guest speakers, John Daniell from Three said: "I absolutely loved running the sessions, and got a real buzz out of both the presenting and the energy in the room during the workshops. Northumbrian Water and its partners should be proud of their fantastic employees".
The workshops enabled employees of all of the companies to learn new skills and take away knowledge about the culture and behaviours of creativity. Sessions also highlighted the companies′ innovation needs for the next few years as well as demonstrating a new platform, an Open Innovation Marketplace that will allow companies to find out about the challenges Northumbrian Water faces in the future and gives them an opportunity to get in touch with ways they can help.
Nigel Watson, Northumbrian Water′s Information Services Director, said: "Innov8 my Day was about taking the next step in the journey of innovation and inspiring everyone to come up with new ideas to transform the way we work to deliver unrivalled customer experiences. Hosting this innovation day at Seaham with our partners was a great first event to bring everyone together and explore the possibilities of similar future events."