Innovation Development Programme

Funded Innovation Development Programme
To help senior decision makers develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to think innovatively in their business.

The Innovation Development Programme has been specifically designed for senior decision makers of Cumbria based SMEs. This six month peer-network programme will give delegates the space to explore emerging trends and the opportunities for innovation in their businesses.The fourth and final cohort we will bring together SMEs from across the food and drink supply chain from production and manufacturing to warehousing, logistics and waste, with a view to creative opportunities for collaborative innovations.Next programme start: January 2020Apply for your place now!What’s involved?An Overnight Experiential over two days (one night) to build relationships with your peer groupMonthly, sector focused half-day workshops and masterclassesAn interactive group challenge to identify and maximise opportunities across the food and drink landscape in CumbriaAccess to Masterclasses delivered by inspirational, world-class speakersA final residential (one night) to consolidate learning and put ideas into actionHow will it benefit you?Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities identifies by future trendsLearn the tools, techniques and approaches to implement innovation in your businessDevelop long-term relationships with like-minded businessesAccess to Lancaster University expertise to aid with progression of your ideasWho will deliver it?The Innovation Development Programme is delivered by Lancaster University Management School.This programme is fully funded, and available to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) eligible businesses.For further information, please contact, call +44 (0)1524 593679 or visit

Benefits of the Cumbria Innovations Platform
Reduce the risk of research and developmentSpeed up innovationSupport the development and commercialisation of new productsAccelerate growth in innovative Cumbrian businessesWhat else is on offer?Practical workshops to shape innovative business ideasScientific equipment for product development and testingBespoke digital consultancy to exploit data and technologyContact usIf you have any question or want to speak to one of our team, please email or call:James Livsey on +44 (0)1524 510332 to find out more about digital product designPeter Cornwall on +44 (0)1524 510 728 to find out more about our innovation development programmeSarah Allison on +44 (0)1228 888 733 to find out more about our innovation workshopsChris Lambert on +44 7814 076610 to find out more about the scientific facilities on offerWe look forward to talking to you.