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We work with regional small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to deliver business growth. We have an impressive business scale-up programme delivered by our Productivity and Innovation Centre, delivering an average profitability increase of 28-45%; KTPs; and two part-funded skills programmes aimed at SMEs in Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region.

SME Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC)

Through our Innovation Sprint programme, we provide regional SMEs with fully-funded support to address their growth and scale-up challenges and opportunities, and to develop financially feasible solutions. Our focus is product and service innovation, underpinned by stripping out inefficiencies in the business model and introducing a new business development process.

Find out more about our SME Productivity and Innovation Centre

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTPs)

We help regional SMEs who have undertaken our Innovation Sprint programme to address key strategic projects or challenges, via the national KTP scheme.

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Leadership for Growth Programme

Through the fully funded Leadership for Growth Programme we support ambitious SMEs across the Liverpool City Region to drive productivity and growth. The programme is designed to enable and develop the capabilities of existing and aspiring managers and leaders, enabling them to improve business performance, productivity, and resilience.

Find out more about the Leadership for Growth Programme

UpSkilling Lancashire Programme

The UpSkilling Lancashire service is part-funded by the European Social Fund and supports Lancashire based SMEs and micro businesses to assess and increase the skills and capability of their employees, enabling the business to complete regionally, nationally and internationally.

Find out more about the UpSkilling Lancashire Programme

Case studies

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