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Signposting to Partners and External Resources

By Vicky Mengham 30/09/2020

Innovation Canvas Resources

There are many sources of support and advice for innovators in the UK: agencies funded by the government to help business growth, universities and research centres that offer access to scientific and technological expertise, websites, books and other published resources providing information and development methodologies and other useful tools for businesses.


The resources listed here provide help for innovators in addressing challenges identified when they complete the Innovation Canvas. They have all been chosen because of their proven practical value.

Design in Innovation

There are several models for Design Thinking and Human-Centred Design. At its core, it is working iteratively putting people at the centre to generate new ideas and refine existing ones. Below is our take on the different models you may follow.


British Standards Institute

The British Standards Institution (BSI), is the national standards body of the United Kingdom. BSI produces technical standards on a wide range of products and services, and also supplies certification and standards-related services to businesses.

Office for Product Safety and Standards

The Office for Product Safety and Standards was created in 2018 by UK Government to enhance protections for consumers and drive increased productivity, growth and business confidence. It works to improve regulatory protection and support businesses.

Department for International Trade

DIT is the UK government department bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed. It helps businesses export and grow into global markets.


The Catapult centres are a network of world-leading centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.

The Catapult centres are a series of physical centres where the very best of the UK’s businesses, scientists and engineers work side by side on late-stage research and development – transforming high potential ideas into new products and services to generate economic growth.

Catapult centres are there for all businesses – large and small – looking to undertake late stage research and development and commercialise traditional academic research.

Enterprise Europe Network

EEN helps ambitious businesses to grow internationally. It offers specific help to UK companies on the management of innovation, finding partners, access to finance, expanding into new markets and making global connections.

Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is responsible within the UK for IP policy; educating businesses and consumers about IP rights and responsibilities; supporting IP enforcement; and granting UK patents, trade marks, design rights and copyright.

World Intellectual Property Office

WIPO offers a range of global services for protecting intellectual property (IP) across borders, and for resolving IP disputes outside the courts.

British Library Business & IP Centres

The British Library's Business and IP Centre provides advice on growing your businesses and how to protect your ideas. They also offer some funds through their Innovation for Growth programme and they offer specialised support for start-ups.