Funded access to business growth support for Cheshire SMES

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A new project is offering funded business growth support with access to state-of-the-art, equipment and bespoke innovation workshops and masterclasses.

The Innovation to Commercialisation (I2C) project supports innovation in small businesses through design, prototyping and testing.

The ERDF funded project delivered by the University of Chester helps eligible SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprise) to introduce innovation to their organisations and effectively bring new products, processes and services to market.

Along with I2C’s own team of engineers and specialist equipment, the project also offers SMEs access to the University of Chester’s high-end, equipment and resources, based at Thornton Science Park and the NoWFOOD Centre located at the University’s Parkgate Road Campus in Chester.

To be eligible your business must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered or trading within Cheshire and Warrington catchment area
  • Qualify as an SME
  • Have fewer than 250 employees
  • Turnover of less than €50m

“When businesses take part in the I2C project, they progress through three distinctive steps,” said Barry Gleave, I2CSenior Project Engineer

“In the first stage of the process, I2C provides you with the organisational tools you need for successful new project development.

“The second provides you with access to specialist equipment, engineers, academics and bespoke support services.

“The third step provides the support you need to develop and commercialise your innovation, from assisting with prototype development and testing to resourcing external expertise.

If you are an SME and meet the criteria to take part in I2C, visit the website to register.