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Design for “X”, what comes first the “X” or the Product?

Design for “X” (D4-X) is a common concept to the product designer where “X” can represent a myriad of factors (assembly, maintenance, etc.) but how do they know which “X”s to focus on? The key here is to get a grasp of the product and how it will fit within its environment. For many small companies where the designer is intimately connected with the product they may think they fully understand what they are designing for. However it is the author’s contention that especially in these circumstances the designer needs to take a step back and evaluate the needs and demands on the product….. To go to the full article please click here

Life after Business Growth Service?

Last year (26th November 2015) the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) issued a formal instruction to providers of the Business Growth Service not to enter into any further contractual commitments with customers and that all contractual commitments should be honoured, as long as all support and related activity is completed by 31 March 2016.  (see comments in http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/business/manufacturing/firms-let-down-manufacturing-advisory-10570150 )

The alternative funding is being applied via Local enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s) ( http://www.lepnetwork.net/ ).

Can you find the advice you need from your local LEP Growth Hub?

If you need focused advice with a practical and hands-on bias, then J4intech can help you either directly, if you fall within our specialism, or by putting you in contact with an associated advisor.

Please contact us​ for further information.

Research shows longer due diligence in M&A is linked to significant increase in deal success *

This recent study provides real evidence to support the widely held belief that a longer due diligence process results in better deal-making by acquirers.

Obvious perhaps, but consider if you could improve your level of due diligence without impacting the time taken.
Could that give you a similar advantage?
Could you, perhaps, benefit from having a second opinion from a technology specialist?

J4intech offers a technical due diligence service assessing companies operating in the technology arena which can be tailored to customers’ specific requirements. It is based on our practical experience of operating in technology start-up and global organisations and typically includes assessment of the idea/concept, its implementation and the processes and people associated with it. Alternatively, we can offer a second opinion on the information you have already gathered as part of your processes.

Additionally, post funding, we are able to provide interim consultancy to your technology based investments on technical and implementation aspects of their business.

Please contact us now if you would like further information


*See http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2013/november/longer-due-diligence-in-m-and-a-linked-to-increase-in-deal-success-but-lower-premiums
Conducted by Intralinks in association with the M&A Research Centre (MARC) at Cass Business School, City University London, the report titled “When no-one knows: pre-announcement M&A activity and its effect on M&A outcomes,” is based on research on a sample of 519 publicly announced M&A transactions between 2008 and 2012


​J4intech is pleased to announce our Consultants membership of the Institiute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IoEE).

As a Member of the IoEE we can offer mentoring services.

If you are interested in Mentoring for your business, please contact us for further information or visit the IOEE web site (www.ioee.co.uk).

The IOEE™ is the only web-based educational and professional networking community for anyone thinking about, starting or running their own business and those who support them.

Future of Manufacturing in the UK

Report: “Future of manufacturing a new era of opportunity and challenge for the UK”

This recent Government Report (30th October 2013) contains some interesting statistics, for example:

“Research and Development (R&D): Manufacturing businesses are more likely to engage in R&D. 41% of manufacturing businesses with 10 or more employees allocated resources to R&D in 2010 compared with an average of 23% of businesses in other sectors.

Throughout 2000-2011, 72-79% of total UK R&D expenditure was associated with manufacturing.”

“Innovation: Manufacturers are more likely to innovate. In 2010, 26% of manufacturing businesses with 10 or more employees carried out process innovation compared with less than 14% for non-manufacturers, and 44% undertook product innovation (less than 26% for non-manufacturers).”

The report is looking out to 2050 and its summary outlines the need for change from Government and Industry….”These changes will present major opportunities for the UK to develop competitive strengths in new and existing areas, but they will also present considerable challenges and threats, not least through increases in global competition. It will be essential for government and industry to work together to forge new policy frameworks and develop measures so that manufacturing is able to fulfil its full potential for contributing to UK economic growth and prosperity, and in rebalancing the economy”

The full report can be found here