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Develop new product and service innovations, adopt a future-ready business model and reduce the carbon footprint of your operations.

You’ll be able to work with us on your specific business challenge.  Gaining access to our group of universities shared expertise, equipment, and resources, we’ll work together, to find a solution to your problem.

  • Access award-winning business and innovation support
  • Benefit from knowledge and skills demonstrated to be world-leading in a UK Science Innovation Audit
  • Gain access to knowledge, expertise, facilities, and technical resources from 6 leading regional research institutions Double the potential return on R&D investment by collaborating with a university
  • Address key challenges and lead a sustainable revolution in your sector
  • Join a network of like-minded businesses and connect with peers, stakeholders, collaborators and global contacts
  • Access on online learning platform with additional resources to compliment you innovation plans.

Who is it for?

  • To be eligible the business needs to be an SME based in the North West including Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington, Lancashire, Cumbria, and Liverpool City Region.
  • Your business can be across any sector but we’re particularly focusing on the areas of: Environmental Industries, Technology and Services, Future Energy Systems and Advanced Manufacturing, as well as Materials and Chemistry..

You must have fewer than 250 employees, Turnover of less than 50m Euros, Balance sheet less than 43M Euros.

How does it work?

Each cohort will access 12 sessions over a 4 week period, 6 hours per week. Typically this will be Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10am – 12noon. Cohorts are September, November, February and May.

The MMU cohort is for East Lancashire businesses and will be delivered starting May 26 2022. The venue for delivery which will also be East Lancashire is to be confirmed.

To find out more, visit our website and complete a short expression on interest form. Then we’ll get in touch and discuss your project in greater detail.

ECO-I NW is a collaboration between six universities in the North West.

Our group includes: Lancaster University; University of Central Lancashire; University of Cumbria, University of Liverpool; Liverpool John Moores, and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

It’s the result of eight years’ successful collaborative research and design (R&D) activities.

Working together means that you’ll have access to our shared expertise, equipment, and resources.

Eco-I North West is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Would you like to find out more about the excellent business support available to you? Or maybe you’d like to find out how we’ve helped over 8,000 businesses since 2013? Contact our team to start your growth conversation.

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