HBCL is a new support programme helping Lancashire businesses working in the health and life sciences sector with products or services of interest to the NHS make the right connections.  We want to help build capacity and capability and at the same time ensure high-quality patient care that is better, safer, faster and cost-effective.

Our Support is tailored to help pre start-ups, and new and established businesses develop and grow their products and services by offering an impressive package of clinical and commercial assistance. SMEs will receive a minimum of 12 hours free assistance covering a range of topics from market access advice to support for innovation and research applications. There’s also help with procurement advice, help on regulatory approval, access to business planning tools and one-to-one coaching.  The programme also offers guidance on pitching and presenting, can signpost businesses to other initiatives and will offer regular healthcare market focused events.  This support and assistance is underpinned by access to NHS and social care staff, patients and carers, along with university evaluators and academics.

Over the next three years the aim is to support 100 new and existing SMEs, enabling them to create 60 new jobs and launch 25 new products.   If you have an innovation or product that can make care and services better, safer, faster and cost-effective then contact us now for help in achieving your ambitions.

What people say about us:

“Working closely with the Innovation Agency has provided another dimension to Teleswallowing. They bring the business acumen and maximise the project’s potential to a wider healthcare audience. We are the clinicians, they are the business brains and the combined expertise is ideal for success.”
– Veronica Southern, Director and co-founder of Teleswallowing

“Getting the agency’s support, invaluable experience and guidance has been one of the best experiences in my company’s journey. They have helped me gain insight into how best to launch my innovation, deal with key challenges and set realistic objectives. I cannot put a price on what the Innovation Agency has done for me.”
– Dr Sanjeev Mahraj, My Health UK’s managing director

Who is it for?

HBCL wants to help any existing, new or pre-start up SMEs in the Lancashire area working health and life sciences sector.

Who do I speak to for more information?

If you have an innovation or product that can make care and services better, safer, faster and cost-effective then contact us now for help in achieving your ambitions, please contact:

Steve Adams
Commercial Business Manager
E-mail: steve.adams@innovationagencynwc.nhs.uk
Tel: 07772 357 948

Richard Harding
Health Business Partnership Manager
E-mail: r.harding1@lancaster.ac.uk
Tel: 07790 374 381

How does it work?

  • The SME contacts, or is given an introduction to, the Innovation Agency Commercial Team
  • Steve and Richard have an initial call to determine what the offer from the SME is
  • If we are the right people to help and the SME is eligible based on certain criteria, we set up a first meeting to really explore the ambitions, needs and priorities for the SME
  • If someone else is better qualified to help the SME, we signpost to them

Working with and supported by:

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  • Enterprise Nation - Partner