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    • 1.  
    • 2. Supporting sustainable regional innovation and ecodesign in SMEs
      • context
      • a practitioners perspective on SMEs
      • the SMEs perspective
      • recommendations for future strategies
    • 3. Wales
      • devolved administration of UK (1998)
      • historically, manufacturing and mineral based industries
      • currently, service sector and lower volume, value added production
      • statutory obligation to promote sustainable development
      “ We aim to encourage ecodesign and sustainable production and consumption in Wales” Environment Strategy for Wales 2026, Welsh Assembly Government, 2006
    • 4. Ecodesign Centre Wales established in September 2006 small team of 5 (designers and engineers) our role build capacity and capabilities so that effective ecodesign can happen in Wales
    • 5.  
    • 6. supporting ecodesign and sustainable innovation in SMEs
    • 7. a tale of two cities?
    • 8. or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
    • 9. negative
      • lack of managerial and operational resources (including time, cost, skills)
      • failure of SME managers to act strategically – insular and autonomous
      • lack of awareness, training, and motivation
      • low absorptive capacity
      • uncertainty and poor appropriability
      • “ public-good” nature of investment in ecodesign
      positive
      • simple capital structure
      • entrepreneurial orientation / spirit
      • flexible decision making structures
      • organisational flexibility
      • close trust-based relationships with suppliers or subcontractors
      • needs based ad-hoc training
    • 10. incremental v.s. radical v.s. disruptive v.s. sustainable
    • 11. what about SMEs in Wales?
    • 12. phase 1 phase 2
      • select over 30 SMEs
        • combine key companies from stage one with design led SMEs
      • 3 concurrent workshops to explore
        • existing perceptions on ecodesign and sustainable business practice
        • required internal/external competencies
      • Cardiff Business School (LEED Unit)
      • “ Design for growth survey” “potential growth index”
      • identified and ranked 250 businesses (sample of 2056)
        • managerial prioritisation of environmental issues
        • innovative capacity
        • skills development and training
        • networking
    • 13. general observations
      • SMEs
      • need inspiration to engage with ecodesign
        • non-standard drivers
      • expect local knowledge from BSOs or intermediaries
      • benefit from long-term relationships (not dependency)
        • negotiating risks, building capacity
      • benefit from partnerships
        • industry as service provider
      • listen to appropriate language
      • require flexible financial support
    • 14. recommendations (for Wales or similar)
      • identify of focus areas for intervention – (innovation systems perspective)
      • create platforms for the open sharing of knowledge and experiences
      • build capacity in existing/current business support infrastructure
      • embed ecodesign and sustainability in higher/further, professional training, etc
      • build capacity in the indigenous design sector
      • establishing a culture of policy learning
    • 15.
      • thank you
      • questions?

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