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At LCF we are passionate about seeing SMEs release new products, grow in size and revenue, and collaborate more with research at Lancaster University. Having been business owners and managers ourselves we understand the pressures on SMEs and how hard it can be to keep running whilst innovating against a constantly changing landscape.

We’ve developed a three-part programme to support SMEs in Lancashire to better position themselves to defend, innovate and grow.

Strategy support

In this delivery the LCF Team are providing a business strategy programme comprising of 3 online workshops, online learning and one-to-one bespoke business support giving companies the opportunity to take away a tailored business strategy and action plans.

Guided research

LCF have developed a guided research programme to help bridge the gap between SME’s across Lancashire and academic research within Lancaster University.

Over a period of at least 3 months, an SME will regularly meet with a member of LCF team and help identify problems and direct them to possible solutions.

Digital innovation support

The Lancashire Cyber Foundry (LCF) offers the opportunity for your business to explore the development of new digital products and services. The LCF digital innovation team provides a fully funded research & development service, supporting practical investigation of innovative applications of new technologies for your business.

‘Lancaster Cyber-Foundry helped us to move our organisation forwards and to create new ways of generating income when the pandemic took away so many of the routes through which we had always worked. The team worked with us to create well thought through tools which would help us to understand our customers needs and to make contact with them. It also provided for us new frameworks in which to think about our strengths and vulnerabilities and ways of approaching the challenges that we face.’ Alastair Richards North West Cancer Research

Who is it for?

  • Based in Lancashire
  • Employ fewer than 250 full-time employees
  • Annual turnover less than £40 million
  • Received less than €200,00 of publicly funded support in the last 3 years
  • Includes business to business trade
  • Eligible sector (This excludes: fisheries and aquaculture, processing and marketing of agricultural products, shipbuilding, schools/school age educational establishments, insurance companies, primary production, coal or steel, synthetic fibres, banking.)

How does it work?

  • Eligibility form following initial meeting
  • Once eligibility confirmed we must have a signed contract in place which confirms support the business will receive

How can I apply?

Make initial contact via website or contact us by email:

Register interest in the Workshop Programme via Eventbrite

Our Growth Support Service team is here to help

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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