Small and medium-sized businesses are largely divided about the usefulness of training staff to promote innovation, research from the Institute for Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Nottingham has found.
While ten per cent of companies polled held monthly training sessions to encourage innovation, the vast majority (63 per cent) said that they never did any training in this area.
When asked which type of training was required to promote innovation for the UK Business Barometer's September survey, 18 per cent of respondents thought that the question wasn't applicable to them at all.
However, other companies did believe that innovation training was relevant to their businesses.
Nearly one third thought that training towards creating a culture conducive to innovation was the most important type of training, while 21 per cent thought that team working was the most important training need.
One respondent said: "I believe that brainstorming in a team environment is a useful technique for encouraging ideas from others, and being supportive of change is necessary to implement new ideas."