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Innovation In Action

Supercharge your products and services, and inject new energy into your business. Innovation in Action will help your business think differently and create real growth.

Why take part?

Innovation is essential for business growth. This programme will give you the inspiration to innovate and break through your barriers, to achieve growth and leap ahead of the competition.

For a small investment in time, you’ll learn how to inject energy into your business, maximise brand value, access funding, bring new products or services to market faster, and much more.

Please find dates and details of the latest programme lower down this page.


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What does being ‘innovative’ actually mean?

Innovation is not just about invention, inventors and products. It's the successful exploitation of new ideas. ‘New’ can mean new to a company, organisation, industry or sector, and can relate to services, processes and business models, as well as products.

What is it?

Innovation in Action is a fully-funded programme that comes at no financial cost to your business. It consists of three sessions split over three months:

Session One: ‘Accelerating your Innovation Journey’

Develop techniques to help your business create and evaluate ideas; gain insights into the power of market research to generate new customers and market opportunities and access funding to fuel new products and services.  This is a group session, with full networking opportunities.

Session Two: ‘In Action’
A one-to-one session with your dedicated Innovation Advisor, to develop the first stage of your bespoke innovation roadmap.

Session Three: ‘Commercialising Innovation’
Understand how to define your target customer groups and develop your USP and value proposition.   Practical hands on support in how to write an elevator pitch and identify your routes to market using alternative business models.  This is a group session, with full networking opportunities.

A business on the programme should achieve the following outcomes:

  • Develop techniques to help your business think differently
  • Reduce your time to market and achieve tangible results
  • Access funding to fuel your product development
  • Help improve the relevance of your product or service to your customers.
  • Harnessing the power of your intellectual property

Register your interest using the form below.


Why does my business need to be innovative?

Put simply, it’s more likely to grow. The Greater Manchester Business Survey 2017 found that 44% of innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs) reported turnover growth in the last year against 31% of non-innovative firms.

Not only that, the same report found that innovative SMEs are more committed to the development of their workforce, and are more likely to export than non-innovative firms.

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Who’s it for?

Innovation in Action is open to established businesses across all sectors. Those demonstrating a desire to engage in product or service development, or who already have a strong product development strategy, will benefit most.

The programme will be especially helpful to businesses that are looking to unblock challenges of innovation, develop techniques to help think differently, maximise brand value, reduce time to market, and collaborate effectively.

Our workshops are subject to following eligibility criteria:

Location: GM Clients Only (or this may be wider coverage for some projects)

SME: Small or medium enterprise i.e. less than 250 (Full Time Equivalent) employees with an annual turnover less than 50 Million Euro OR Balance Sheet less than 43 million Euro.

Priority will be given to companies who can demonstrate the greatest potential to innovate.

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These workshops are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

They are delivered free of charge to participants as they are fully-funded. Fully-funded workshops are classed as state aid to participating businesses and are subject to state aid rules and the associated eligibility criteria.

£5,000 Innovation Vouchers

Get the funding you need to access expert support to help your business innovate, develop and grow.

Apply here