Productivity and Innovation Centre

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

Supporting Business Innovation

“The Innovation Sprint Program has, quite literally, changed our business.”  Door4

“The Centre supports SMEs to significantly improve their innovation practices and their effectiveness at commercialising their innovation assets. We do this primarily by turning data and customer insights in actionable knowledge.” Prof. Simon Bolton, Director of the Productivity & Innovation Centre

The Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC) is a centre of excellence for stimulating growth and economic development through business innovation.

Investment in innovation requires confidence to drive it forward.

The PIC offers support to Lancashire based SMEs who are striving to achieve business growth and increase profitability through a unique Innovation Sprint Programme.

The Programme is delivered by international experts in product, service and process innovation, business model design and data science.

“Innovation is a significant function for any business that wants to drive growth and increase profitability. The PIC offers SMEs a fantastic opportunity to explore a new product, service or challenge and work with businesses to discover its true value before making a significant investment.”

Andrew Leeming, Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub

The Innovation Sprint Programme offers Lancashire based SMEs:

  • The opportunity to focus on a business opportunity or challenge
  • Using your business data and information; our big data science technologies and experts will provide valuable insights and knowledge that you will use throughout the Programme
  • Unique intensive workshops led by business experts; through a systematic and evidence based series of innovation tools and frameworks
  • The opportunity to shape and build your innovation concept through to a realisable solution
  • Academic support from a diverse range of sectors
  • A limited number of fully-funded places for suitable SMEs

Visit Business Support Programmes to find out more.

“The Innovation Sprint Programme provided us with the tools to enable us to move from a new idea all the way through to detailed implementation. I would wholeheartedly recommend it.”

Mark Schofield, Director-Accountant FCA, Haworths Chartered Accountants

How to Get Involved

To find out how the Innovation Sprint Programme can support your business please get in touch by visiting our contact page.

Business Diagnostic

The first stage of engaging with the Centre is for us to conduct an innovation diagnostic on your business. Our diagnostic is used to determine what your growth objectives are, your current innovation practices and readiness, and how far the Centre can help.

Please get in touch via the contact page to arrange a diagnostic.


Support is offered from the Centre on the basis of eligibility and how suitable our Programmes are for your needs. Our initial business diagnostic can determine both of these. The Centre is open to any SME based in Lancashire, operating or linked to one of the key regional economic sectors. Please get in contact if you are unsure of your eligibility. We support businesses and needs through a wide range of support provision.

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