Innovate UK EDGE

Innovate UK EDGE

              

Innovate UK EDGE is here to help you grow your business by protecting and harnessing IP, improving innovation management and connecting to the innovation ecosystem globally.

Innovation should be a driving force in business, fuelling the creation of new and improved products or services to launch at home and take to global markets.

The one-to-one assistance your business will receive is bespoke and in-depth. Beyond helping you to capitalise on your IP, its ultimate objective is to equip your business to engage in continuous innovation and to optimise operations to deliver growth at scale. And when your capacity to exploit innovation is allied to the right organisational and leadership profile to attract investment and the capability to enter new markets, you will have the ideal platform for scaling.

Support can address areas such as managing cashflow, funding and finance, staff retention, removing costs from the business, building resilience, R&D and innovation capacity, reviewing business models, planning for growth, developing supply chains, building the customer base and accessing new markets.

Innovate UK EDGE is fully funded and delivered across the North of England by RTC North.

Areas of focus could include:

  • Developing a strong innovation culture and introducing techniques to breed innovative ideas with the power to drive your growth strategies
  • Adapting a business model to exploit continuous innovation
  • Setting project success criteria, applying project management principles and then evaluating ROI
  • Establishing manufacturing readiness
  • Ensuring market readiness (validating technology, identifying value propositions, understanding market potential and building marketing strategies)
  • Identifying different types of IP and protection: Patents, trademarks, design rights, copyright, NDAs, etc.
  • Awareness of patent, trademark and design registration search tools
  • Advice on business processes to capture and review IP

Who can apply?

  • Companies who are current or previous recipients of Innovate UK support, both funding and non-funding interventions
  • Ambitious, growth-minded companies already trading (or close to trading) that have great ideas but just can’t see which ones to progress or how to progress them
  • Visionary companies who are developing or have developed a product or service that could disrupt or revolutionise existing or new markets
  • Companies that understand that future trends or technologies will have an adverse impact on their sales and recognise that they need to change and adapt
  • Senior managers who are keen to learn and introduce new innovation management processes into their business to enable the development and delivery of new products and services

To be able to receive support from this programme, you need to be a Small to Medium-sized Enterprise.

What to do next?

Get in touch – you’ll then be contacted by an advisor to arrange an initial conversation to discuss your business needs and to explore the potential fit with the service.

Fill in our online application form.

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Meet the team

Allan Jeff

Allan Jeff

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards

Project Co-Ordinator

Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Angela Smith

Angela Smith

Internationalisation Specialist, Enterprise Europe Network

Ann Storey

Ann Storey

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Ashley Cutter

Ashley Cutter

Project Officer, Enterprise Europe Network

Ben Cleverley

Ben Cleverley

Research Officer

Carl Brown

Carl Brown

Client Advisor – Enterprise Europe Network

Chantelle Brandon Reeves

Chantelle Brandon Reeves

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Charlie Rea

Charlie Rea

Project Manager

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Claire Robinson

Claire Robinson

Information Officer, Enterprise Europe Network

David Boath

David Boath

Innovation & Growth Specialist

David Brayne

David Brayne

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Gail Leathley

Gail Leathley

Internationalisation Specialist, Enterprise Europe Network

Georgia Riley

Georgia Riley

Marketing Co-Ordinator

Glen Wainwright

Glen Wainwright

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Glyn Selway

Glyn Selway

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Iain Edwards

Iain Edwards

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Ian Holmes

Ian Holmes

Innovation and Internationalisation Advisor

Indea Heppel

Indea Heppel

Project Officer, Enterprise Europe Network

Jane McGeeney

Jane McGeeney

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Jens Böhm

Jens Böhm

Internationalisation Specialist, Enterprise Europe Network

Jim Colston

Jim Colston

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Joanna Nyks

Joanna Nyks

Internationalisation Specialist, Enterprise Europe Network

John Holmes-Carrington

John Holmes-Carrington

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Jonathan Gamblin

Jonathan Gamblin

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Julie Willams

Julie Willams

Project Co-Ordinator

Kathryn Roberts

Kathryn Roberts

Research Officer

Marc Burke

Marc Burke

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Marcus Orton

Marcus Orton

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Natalie Howe

Natalie Howe

Project Co-Ordinator

Pamela Robson

Pamela Robson

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Paul Lofthouse

Paul Lofthouse

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Pete Flaherty

Pete Flaherty

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Philip Leigh

Philip Leigh

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Phillipa Dean

Phillipa Dean

Lead Generation Specialist

Richard Basgallop

Richard Basgallop

Internationalisation Specialist, Enterprise Europe Network

Simon Monaghan

Simon Monaghan

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Sophia Ali

Sophia Ali

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Steven Shaw

Steven Shaw

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Terry McStea

Terry McStea

Network Manager, Design Network North

Thierry Delange

Thierry Delange

Business Development Director

Tinna Arnardottir

Tinna Arnardottir

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Wayne Bryant

Wayne Bryant

Client Advisor – Enterprise Europe Network

Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith

Innovation & Growth Specialist