Bedford-based brewer Charles Wells has been praised for its willingness to listen to its 400 staff and having a culture where ideas and innovation are taken seriously. It was one of three firms which took part in a Space for Ideas project, organised by the East of England Development Agency. David Ludlam, one of a team responsible for developing inventions at the brewery, said the vast majority of good ideas came from the shop floor. Ludlam helped develop a self-service beer dispenser that was taken up the Yo! Sushi chain. The Mail on Sunday 14/11/04 (Financial Mail) page 43