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Innovation team

Sponge UK has created an innovation

department to develop emerging

technologies and applying them to

workplace learning. The idea of investing

in R&D is to build on the company's

reputation as market disrupter.

Called Sparkworks the department has been

tasked with identifying, defining and creating

new technologies and learning innovations to

enable organisations to access faster, more

effective, measurable learning.

Kate Pasterfield, previously Creative Director

at Sponge UK now heads up the company's

work on innovation. She said: "An important

approach to innovation is being collaborative

and continuous. Asking, 'what can we do with

the skills and tools we have to better serve our

clients', is as important to us as defining what

horizon technologies will disrupt the way we

work in future."

Lumesse Learning


Lumesse Learning, the learning division

of Lumesse, has made two strategically

significant hires.

Andy Mechelewski, previously at Ashridge

Virtual College, takes up the role of Content

Partner Manager. Andy will be responsible

for the off-the-shelf (OTS) learning portfolio,

working with Lumesse's existing network of

global partners as well as acquiring new


Andy joins recent appointment Jake

Maxwell (previously at Brightwave and

Learning People), hired as Channel Partner

Manager to extend the business unit's

footprint beyond direct sales. Jake is to

identify new partners to work on reselling the

company's Learning Gateway and

CourseBuilder products.

The company said the two appointments

are evidence of a strategic investment in

growth building on recent successes and

looking to develop and promote its product




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