Innovation and Growth Services

Innovation and Growth Services

              

Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency,  is aiming to sustain existing and continuing innovation in the UK’s R&D-intensive companies through the current COVID-19 challenges and the resulting longer-term economic impact.

Aimed at ambitious, innovative high-growth or high-growth potential SMEs, Innovate UK Innovation and Growth Services provide between 5 - 12 days of highly focused coaching and mentoring over an extended period of up to 12 months.

Our experienced advisors act as a sounding board and critical friend, providing an external perspective and structured approach to support the senior management team of a business, helping to identify and address critical issues to successfully navigate a disruptive environment and to achieve growth and 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 Innovation and Growth Services are fully funded and delivered across the North of England by RTC North through the Enterprise Europe Network.

Outcomes

  • Bring novel products and services to new or existing markets
  • Identify market opportunities for new and existing products in the UK and abroad
  • Enhanced innovation management capabilities to reduce risk, cost and time to market
  • Have a more defined plan for future growth
  • Recognise, value and understand how to protect intellectual property and exploit it for commercial benefit
  • Explore and address the organisational changes required within your growing business

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

Caroline Freeman

Caroline Freeman

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Charlie Rea

Charlie Rea

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Chris Jones

Chris Jones

Innovation & Growth Specialist

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

Jane McGeeney

Jane McGeeney

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Julie Willams

Julie Willams

Project Officer

Marc Burke

Marc Burke

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Paul Lofthouse

Paul Lofthouse

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Pete Flaherty

Pete Flaherty

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Simon Monaghan

Simon Monaghan

Innovation & Growth Specialist

Steven Shaw

Steven Shaw

Innovation & Growth Specialist