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Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) has developed a range of new programmes starting in 2022.

Each online programme will include three half-day workshops, which are purposefully designed to be short, practical and impactful.

All programmes are fully-funded for eligible small and medium-sized (SME) businesses, and are designed to tackle issues that often present barriers to business growth.

These workshops are delivered online in a safe and trusted peer-learning environment and designed to be highly interactive and create meaningful relationships to support you with moving your business forward.

Pricing with Purpose

Profitable pricing trumps cost cutting every time, yet in times of profit squeeze we always reach for the cost cutting trigger.

Materials inflation, wage inflation, distribution and shipping inflation, fuel inflation are all pushing companies towards the implementation of price increases, but many have never implemented a price increase or when they do it is laden with fear and trepidation.

Pricing is the third business skill: first create a great product; second sell that product brilliantly; third price it superbly.

Programme starts: January 27, 2022. Sessions are from 9am-1pm

Pricing with Purpose takes an organisation from the perceived enforced need to make price increases to the effective implementation of new optimum pricing across its markets.

This programme will be delivered online over three half-day sessions on the following dates:

  1. The third business skill January 27, 2022
  2. Best practice laid bare February 10, 2022
  3. Marketing and implementation February 17, 2022

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Lean for 2022

A fresh look at Lean business tools that align business priorities and profitability with sustainability and the environment.

This programme enables you to look at your company through the eyes of a business improvement expert and see how you can improve your organisation and plan for a sustainable future.

Programme starts: February 8, 2022. Sessions from 9am-1pm

Programme benefits:

  • Understand the value and identifying waste within your business.
  • Map your business for today and tomorrow and make it adaptable and futureproof.
  • Explore your business and have insight into proven Lean Leadership tools and techniques.
  • Develop a business that is sustainable, renewable and profitable.

This programme will be delivered online over three half-day sessions on the following dates:

  1. Transform to being ‘Lean and Clean’ February 8, 2022
  2. How to really understand your business February 22, 2022
  3. Lean leadership March 8, 2022

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Ideas into Action

This programme will allow you to take the time to work ‘on’ your business rather than ‘in’ your business.

It will lead you through a step-by-step process to analyse and test idea potential and then look at significant ‘power moves’ to progress innovation to give you the clarity, focus and breakthrough you need to take action to innovate, develop and grow your business.

Programme starts: March 3, 2022. Sessions are from 9am-1pm

Explore and prioritise a range of ideas to take your business to the next level of sustainable, profitable growth

Apply assumption-testing and decision-making techniques to identify potential routes to commercialise your ideas using input from your peer-learning group

Start to shape the core of the business plan and roadmap to get your idea off the ground

This programme will be delivered online over three half-day sessions on the following dates:

  1. Idea development March 3, 2022
  2. Minimise risk, move faster, spend less March 15, 2022
  3. Make your ideas happen March 30, 2022

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The programme benefits:

LUMS Business Excellence programmes are designed to help Lancashire and Cumbrian based SMEs to take the time out of their business to work on the business and to build a business that focusses on both profit and purpose.

It is only 12 hours of your time that delivers high business impact and will enable you to take your business to the next level. Innovate, develop & grow.

My first experience of a Lancaster University Management School business engagement programme came at exactly the right time. I quickly realised that one of the biggest benefits of the programme was the opportunity to share experiences, challenges and solutions with other delegates. It was such a useful source of reassurance and inspiration at a time when we were all making major decisions about the future of our respective organisations.
Ruth Eastwood Chief Executive – Blackpool Grand Theatre

Costs and application

This programme is fully funded and available to businesses which are eligible under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) criteria, as follows:

  • Based in Lancashire
  • Employ between 2 and 250 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • Annual turnover of less than €50 million (or the equivalent in GBP)
  • Received less than €200,000 of de minimis State Aid in the last 3 years

Additional information

To find out more information about programmes and eligibility please contact Dominic Robinson (Business Liaison Officer at LUMS) on 01524 593712 or visit

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