Alan is an Operations Manager in InterTradeIreland with responsibility for the Challenge and FUSION Innovation programmes. FUSION brings companies, academic institutions and graduates together to carry out projects typically aimed at developing new products, processes or services and thereby fostering innovation within the company. Challenge enables SMEs to bring ideas to the market with less time, money and risk through the use a proven and repeatable process. Alan has extensive experience in the private sector. He has managed factories and production units in the textile and chemical industries. Alan has also delivered and managed graduate development and training programmes and has worked as a Business Support manager in IT and Consultancy.

Summer Is The Best Time to Invest in Innovation


July traditionally marks the start of summer holidays but strategic planning in business doesn’t take a holiday. However, time out can be an excellent way to engage focus as to your business purpose. Innovation is no different. Here's why summer is the best time to invest in innovation:

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CDEnviro Transform Their Innovation Approach Through InterTradeIreland's Challenge Programme


SMEs are being encouraged to follow the example set by Cookstown-based CDEnviro to complete InterTradeIreland's Challenge Programme and transform their approach to innovation. Find out how CDEnviro increased innovation and developed a growth pipeline:

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