Manchester Metropolitan University

SMART Cheshire Innovation Programme

An innovation programme supporting Cheshire and Warrington micro and small businesses.

How are unconventional ideas treated at your company? Does your team feel free to innovate?

 The SMART Cheshire Innovation Programme will help you develop innovation in your business. This could be the development of a new product or process, or even to embed innovation into your workplace. 

The programme supports businesses with less than 250 employees, which are registered within the Cheshire and Warrington area. 

Working with acknowledged business leaders, you will have direct access to proven innovation processes and activities to help your business grow. We can help you in a wide range of areas from finance to leadership.


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Innovation Groups

One of the most highly valuable and regarded aspects of the programme are our innovation groups. These groups create a space for business owners to help each other tackle the most challenging areas of their business in a confidential environment. 

Programme Schedule

The programme consists of four expert-led innovation workshops, supported by innovation groups to help you translate knowledge and experiences into practical business actions. Additionally, each company can benefit from 1-to-1 coaching during the programme.

Induction 9.30am - 4.30pm

Workshop 1: Internal Innovation and Intrapreneurship: 

People, Processes and Products

9.30am - 12.30pm
Innovation Group A 9.30am - 12.30pm

Workshop 2: Stimulating Demand:

Innovative Development of New to Market Products

9.30am - 12.30pm
Innovation Group B 9.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop 3: Leadership and Implementing Change 9.30am - 12.30pm
Innovation Group C 9.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop 4: Innovating through Financial Strategies and Pricing 9.30am - 12.30pm
Innovation Group D 9.30am - 12.30pm
Consolidation Event 9.30am - 4.30pm

Programme Dates

 The programme will last four months in total, and will run with groups of approximately 25 attendees. 

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Download the full programme schedule for 2017/2018


Through the support of the ERDF, the programme is fully-funded for eligible companies that:
  • are based in Cheshire or Warrington
  • preferably have 4 or more employees, but less than 250
  • are committed to embedding innovation
  • have been trading for 12 months or more

Contact Details

For more information, please get in touch: 


Project Manager: Ian Gibbs at

Project Administrator: Deborah Simms at


Centre for Enterprise,
Manchester Metropolitan University
Business School,
All Saints Campus,
Oxford Road,
Manchester, M15 6BH,
United Kingdom



0161 247 3871

Request a Callback

If you require additional information about the SMART Innovation Programme, or are unsure if you are eligible, we are happy to have a talk with you. Please submit your details below, and one of our team will call you.

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