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Boots INNOVATE launches in partnership with TCS to drive adoption of emerging technology

21 July 2022
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  • New INNOVATE concept opens at the Boots site in Nottingham in partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
  • The INNOVATE philosophy and workspace allows Boots “intrapreneurs” to test and learn boundary-pushing ideas at speed
  • INNOVATE is powered by TCS PaceTM and will be a world class innovation hub that fuels the next leap of growth for Boots

Boots has today launched a new INNOVATE workspace in partnership with TCS at its site in Nottingham. The purpose of the workspace is to encourage and nurture a ‘start up’ culture, helping Boots to uncover opportunities to leverage emerging technology.

INNOVATE has been meticulously designed in collaboration with TCS to be an agile incubator combining creative space with top talent and evolving technology. The INNOVATE workspace is made up of a variety of collaboration spaces, including a mini auditorium where every wall is a whiteboard; giant, mobile presentation screens; easy tech connectivity; and multipurpose work surfaces. It will allow dedicated teams of Boots “intrapreneurs” to work on ideas that will not only make Boots a more efficient business but position it as a leading innovator in the industry. TCS PaceTM brings together the best of TCS’ innovation capabilities and a vibrant partner ecosystem across the globe at INNOVATE to co-create the future of Boots.

Speaking at the launch, Boots CIO Rich Corbridge said: “We are excited to be opening our much-anticipated INNOVATE workspace in partnership with TCS. INNOVATE offers the chance to revolutionise the way we think about technology at Boots and push the boundaries of what we can achieve with agile thinking and a fearless test and learn approach.

“The opportunity to be creative, solve problems and be seamlessly connected with our tech partners is key to positioning Boots at the forefront of innovation in the industry. I can’t wait to see how my Tech at Boots team, as well as wider team members, take advantage of the INNOVATE philosophy and workspace, and to see the incredible ideas that will be conceived and evolved here.”

K. Ananth Krishnan, CTO at TCS said: "INNOVATE, powered by TCS PaceTM will be a world class innovation hub that will leverage the research and innovation ecosystem to futureproof the Boots businesses. TCS is happy to partner Boots to systematically conceptualise, build and test new technology and business ideas, and drive transformation in agile, iterative cycles."


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2024