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Innovation-active businesses - businesses which had undertaken any innovative activity during the
reference period including: introduction of any type of innovation; and/or the development or introduction
either still in progress or abandoned.
Businesses which, in the reference period, did not undertake any innovative activity
A commitment to purchase goods or services.
Status of innovation
Three statuses of innovation are included in this release:
the innovation does not need to have been commercially successful).
Still in development - the business was in the process of developing or introducing an innovation during
the reference period but work on the innovation was still in progress at the end of the period.
Abandoned - the business abandoned the development and/or introduction of an innovation during the
reference period (i.e. work on the innovation ceased without full introduction occurring).
Types of innovation
Four types of innovation are included in this release:
significantly improved). Its characteristics or intended uses differ significantly from those previously
Operational processes - New or significantly improved methods of producing or delivering goods or
services of a business (including significant change in techniques, equipment and/or software).
Organisational/managerial processes - New or significantly improved strategies, structures or routines
of a business which aim to improve performance.
Marketing methods - New or significantly improved design, packaging or sales methods aimed to
increase the appeal of goods or services of a business or to enter new markets.
Web presence includes a website, home page or presence on another entity's website. A website or home page is an electronic document that is accessed via a unique address on the World Wide Web. The document provides information in a textual, graphical or multimedia format. Web presence excludes online listings or directories.
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