Productivity & Innovation Centre

ERDF logoThe Productivity & Innovation Centre is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund to provide innovation support and advisory services to Lancashire based SMEs.

Supporting profitable growth through innovation

Over 70 SMEs have accessed our fully-funded support to address their challenges and opportunities and to develop financially feasible solutions. The focus of the Centre is product and service innovation, underpinned by stripping out inefficiencies in your business model and new business development processes.

Here to support you

Innovation Sprint Programme

Even the most successful SMEs experience challenges concerning changing customer needs, inefficient processes, growth sales targets, strong competitors, unfocused branding, complicated routes to market, inefficient use of resources, and disruptive changes in technology.

We offer a fully-funded Innovation Sprint Programme with academic and business support to help you address your challenges and maximise your business opportunities.

The Programme described one business network as “Lancashire’s best kept secret” is making a real difference to the economic development of the region’s most ambitious SMEs from a wide-range of sectors.

Programme delivery

  • 50 hours of intensive growth support working on your business
  • 4 intensive workshops delivered over a consecutive 4 week period
  • 1-2-1 facilitation by academics and our business experts
  • Market research and rich data collection to aid decision making
  • World-class Rapid Innovation tools and frameworks
  • Key decision makers must attend (1-4 people)
  • Delivered on our award-winning campus facilities in Ormskirk
  • Follow-on opportunities to collaborate with the University, students, and our SME network


Fully-funded places on the Innovation Sprint Programme are limited.  To be eligible to secure one of our fully-funded places, your business must:

  • Be an SME (As defined by the European Commission)
  • Be registered in Lancashire

One of our Business Development Coordinators will confirm eligibility during an initial meeting.

Get in touch

Contact us to book a consultation with a member of our Business Development Team or to find out more about the Productivity & Innovation Centre:

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