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How to keep going in times of stress


provides support A DNA testing services has secured a £100,000 grant and increased its income by 150% thanks to the support of innovate2succeed (i2s). Applied Genomics specialises in the application of genomic techniques to identify organisms from endangered species present or absent from a single sample, such as water or soil, and has diversified from its scientific niche to engage more widely with a variety of clients after receiving coaching support from i2s. The Brixham-based company uses DNA barcode scanning to speed up the processes of detecting and managing threatened species in preparation for development of infrastructure or housing. i2s manager David Riddell identified

Applied Genomics and quickly recognised the need for marketing strategy support and grant funding assistance. Support from i2s experts allowed the company to resubmit and secure an Innovate UK £100,000 grant for a marine and biosecurity project which will see it develop a genomics service to detect biodiversity in cargo ship ballast water. Speaking of the support from i2s, Sebastian Mynott, chief operating officer at Applied Genomics, said: “i2s did an amazing job taking me from near zero to where I am now. The support provided me with extensive relevant experience. “I was very impressed with the wealth of information and infectious desire to improve our business. i2s gave me the tools and confidence to take our business to the next level.” Applied Genomics are continuing to

pursue an aggressive R&D strategy to round out its capabilities, generating new services for clients in the extractives sector, and engaging with government agencies to build an understanding of Applied Genomics services.

16 insight JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

By Louise Ladbrooke Innovation Specialist, Business West

I recently learned that when I’m in the middle of overwhelm, the last thing I want to be told by anyone is that I am indeed in the middle of overwhelm. No matter how well intentioned they are, it can only add to it. It’s been a demanding six months but I’ve

been doing what we all do in times of stress, I’ve kept going. I find that the experience of overwhelm is a bit like living in a teenager’s messy bedroom, everything piled everywhere, no sense, no reason just stuff piled high. Everywhere you look there’s stuff. Moving one piece is futile and just throws up a Jenga scenario.

So, what can you do when everything becomes too overwhelming in 2018?

Take a moment Do what you need to switch off - listen to music, go for a walk or a swim. If that’s not a possibility, simply focus on your breathing. You also need to become aware how you’re feeling. You’re overwhelmed - acknowledge and accept it.

Ask for help No one said that you have to do this on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Find someone who can ask you questions so that you can understand what’s happening. This can help you see the problem differently and get to the root of the issue. Where you are overwhelmed and caught up in the situation, you may be unable to see the

obvious. Breaking it down into questions can help uncover the little things.

Disconnect and focus on the problem Choose a time and place to yourself, switch off your phone and focus. Get thoughts out your head in whatever way suits you - writing, typing or recording. Getting it all down on paper will again let you look for the little things. Without everything rattling about in your head, you can start to lay everything out and create a way out.

Make a plan When you can see everything that needs to be done start to create your plan. Keep it simple but make sure it’s your plan - it’s difficult to be motivated by someone else’s. With your own plan, it allows you to take ownership and responsibility. It’s yours, own it.

Commit and prioritise Out of everything you have to do, organise what needs to be done and what’s urgent. By trying to do everything at once, important bits could slip by. You can also reward yourself with some easy

wins, like getting through some quick emails or signing off those documents - but be aware of any distractions and focus only on the plan. Suddenly the chaos of the teenager’s bedroom has been sorted into piles. There’s still a whole load of stuff but there’s clarity and order, you can see what needs to be done. Before you set off with the purpose to get through your list, take a moment to congratulate yourself. You’ve pressed the reset button on your life, balance is restored and you can once again welcome the innovative you.

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