Under a Policies for Growth campaign and as part of our Knowledge Partnership with the University of Surrey, they have support for a project on understanding the stages of the innovation process in tourism to be conducted by researchers out of the University of Surrey. Such studies are still relatively scarce in most economic sectors, but are virtually non-existent in tourism. This is one of the first attempts to study the links between innovation and entrepreneurship in the tourism sectors.
The project, taking place in both Spain and the UK aims to examine the classic start-up process, involving opportunity recognition, development and early implementation of innovation in the market and also the subsequent stages of business performance (discontinuance, growth, further innovation, etc.). The research ultimately aims to contribute to the design of more effective innovation policies. WTTC will be involved in this latter stage to help suggest policy development which encourages and supports tourism business innovation.
The research team has asked for help in identifying people who would be willing to be interviewed for their study. Please can you help? They are looking for UK individuals/companies with different types of innovations within T&T and wider supply chains that fulfil the following criteria:
Micro firms (<10 staff head count and ≤ 2 million € turnover) and small firms (<50 staff head count and ≤ 10 million € turnover)
a) 1-3 years of existence
b) 3-10 years of existence (more established businesses and facing growth)
If you know of anyone UK based who might fit this role and wants to participate contact:
Rochelle Turner - RESEARCH DIRECTOR
Tel: +44 (0) 207 481 6404
The Harlequin Building, 65 Southwark Street London SE1 0HR United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 481 8007
Fax: +44 (0) 207 488 1008