Through their heating, hot water products and the iconic back boiler Baxi have been keeping Britain’s homes nice and warm for 150 years. They are a market leader in the manufacturing of gas and electric home heating products. Operating as part of the BDR Thermea Group, Baxi owns nine major brands, including Main Heating, Megaflo, Potterton, Remeha, Andrews Water Heaters and Heatrae Sadia. Baxi employs 1,600 people across five sites located in Warwick (where its headquarters are based), Dublin, Norwich, Preston and Wokingham.
Traditionally Baxi have focussed on understanding and strengthening relationships with their product distributors, heating engineers and installers. However currently over half of the typical UK household’s fuel budget is spent on heating and hot water. Baxi therefore wanted to understand how to better service its end users with their existing capabilities to maximise its capacity, diversify its offering, help increase efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.
How we helped
We helped Baxi plot a more user-centric approach to develop and explore innovative ways of ‘Delivering Warmth’ to UK homes. Our role was to expand Baxi’s innovation capabilities through hands on design-thinking coaching and enable design-led innovation across the company. We worked closely with Baxi’s Consumer Innovation Team and staff across the company’s three UK sites to deliver Design Thinking training and implementation:
- This began by developing a deep understanding of the motivations and behaviours of people using hot water and heating in their homes, drawing up their persona’s and mapping out their emotional journeys.
- Gathering insights and understanding heat and hot water in parallel sectors.
- We brought together big ideas from inspirational speakers.
- With the Innovation team and through a company-wide Idea Week, engaging more than 70 Baxi staff, we rapidly ideated and mocked up over 450 new ideas.
- We developed top ideas further in co-creation sessions with new users.
Working with Baxi to adopt and implement a user-centric approach within its innovation strategy yielded 4 new concepts, which were pitched to Senior Leadership. Through working with the Baxi team and spending time with people in their homes the project got to get a real insight into how people warm their homes. We also developed a bespoke Design Thinking toolkit for Baxi, equipping their teams with a methodology and the tools to be able to repeat the process in the near future.
“We really support the process Tenshi took us through and have adopted the same approach to design our new digital solutions, currently the businesses top priority.” – Oliver Moffat, Customer Insights Manager, Baxi