KIRKLEES firms are getting help to become more innovative.

Business Link Yorkshire is running a series of events over the next few months to help companies generate new ideas, turn them into products and services and get them on to the market.

Branding expert Hamish Taylor, who has worked for major names including Procter and Gamble, Price Waterhouse, British Airways and Sainsbury’s Bank, will lead a presentation called Be Inspired on Tuesday, October 20, at the Hilton Leeds City Hotel in Leeds.

That will be followed in November and December by four half-day new product development workshops at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Leeds.

The sessions, led by consultancy Targeting Innovation and all held at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Leeds, will provide training and tools to help firms develop new products and services.

Innovation, Creativity and Ideas will be held on Wednesday, November 11 with Intellectual property Protection and New Product Development Funding on Wednesday, November 18.

Paper to Prototype will feature on Wednesday, November 25 and Project Management and Commercialisation on Wednesday, December 2.

George Boag, chief executive of Targeting Innovation, said: “This series will help young companies in the Yorkshire and Humber improve their new product development capabilities to ensure products and services meet the needs of their customers.”

To book, contact Business Link Yorkshire on 08456 048048 or visit