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ICW Executive Network

Organisations derive business benefit from membership of the ICW Executive Network for Collaborative Knowledge through the following:

Knowledge Sharing

ICW through the Executive Network for Collaborative Knowledge runs regular meetings to share experience / knowledge on a variety of topics all with a collaborative business relationship ingredient.

Recent events:

  • Oct 2016 - Collaboration Across the Emergency Services Value Chain
  • Jul 2016 - Collaborative Working in Energy
  • May 2016 - Annual House of Lords Collaborative Working Reception
  • Oct 2015 - Collaborative Working Across Cultures
  • Jul 2015 - Collaborative Working in the Digital Economy
  • May 2015 - Annual House of Lords Collaborative Working Reception
  • Apr 2015 - Collaborative Working in Smart Cities

These meetings are summarised in our quarterly 'Collaborative Insight' publication and the presentations from them are available to our Executive Network members after login on this site.


The Executive Network for Collaborative Knowledge is a formidable network that benefits members through sharing business issues with senior representatives from a wide variety of business sectors. As at March 2014 the Network membership comprised more than 70 major organisations from large PLCs, Government departments and Academia.

Sharing Good Practice

Most Network members are prepared to share their experiences in an open non-threatening environment (Chatham House rules apply). Individual network members wishing to follow up on specific issues in more detail with other member organisations use the network to navigate around to find the right focus to deal with.

The British Standard

ICW pioneered the development of a structured methodology for building Collaborative Business Relationships known as CRAFT (Collaborative Relationship Assessment Fulfilment Transformation). This formed the basis of the ICW relationship with BSI for the evolution of the world's first standard for Collaborative Business Relationships known by the BSI as the Publicly Available Specification ~ PAS 11000. This standard was launched in the House of Lords in November 2006 as an advisory framework, and it became a full British Standard (BS 11000) during 2010.

ICW Executive Network members have the inside track on this most important development – a worlds first for the UK and access to ICW expertise to help those who aspire to gaining certification.

The Wider ICW Network

Beyond the Executive Network, ICW works with two other important communities which add value to the overall business network:

ICW Board – the ICW Board comprises Lord Evans of Watford (David) as Chairman, Lord Berkeley (Tony), Barry Sheerman MP, Andy Scott from the CBI, Les Pyle, David Hawkins and Chris Odam from ICW. This is a highly influential group offering extensive networking opportunities

Complementary businesses – ICW works with a number of other businesses whose expertise complements the ICW business relationship building discipline. These are many and varied.

Arguably the most important is our sister networking organisation, Policy Connect, the Parliamentary group, whose network is focused on a number of business sectors. Their activities / contacts add significant benefits to ICW Network members where the issues are relevant to their activities.

International Networking

ICW has established an extensive international network that brings added benefit to Steering Group members:

  • USA – ICW closely works with Department of Defense and Aerospace Industries Association
  • Thailand – ICW has a long-standing multi-faceted business relationship with the Royal Thai Government
  • Singapore – ICW has a long-standing business relationship with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)
  • Hong Kong – ICW has a long-standing business relationship with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC).


ICW's handles assignments on behalf of clients leveraging our in depth BS 11000 expertise, our extensive business relationship knowledge and our contacts to help clients address business relationship issues specific to their particular situation. These could be:

  • New relationships to be established on a strong foundation;
  • Existing relationships where more value / benefit is sought;
  • Existing relationships that may be in trouble.

Operating as an independent 'catalyst' ICW is adept at getting the important issues out in the open to agree a way forward.


ICW is a self financing not-for-profit organisation with a small central team based in London and a network of Associates drawn from a variety of market sector backgrounds. These Associates are deployed as appropriate to work with clients on assignments using ICW's extensive collaborative business relationship knowledge.

For more information email Les Pyle.

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