Manchester Metropolitan University

SMART Cheshire Innovation Programme

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

Why take 12 months to launch a new product when you can do it in 12 weeks?

In 12 weeks, you will create, develop and launch a new product or service with guidance and support from our expert coaches. Using a mix of online innovation tools, one-to-one coaching, workshops and peer group support, we help you to move rapidly from idea to income. We are also offering for 2018 only, the SMART Cheshire Innovation Launchpad, a two-day intensive workshop to prepare you for the 12-week programme.

Read and download our brochure

If you are interested in innovation, see some thought-provoking clips from world leaders in innovation and from small businesses who have made it work for them. Visit our Wakelet feed.

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Programme Dates

The programme will run for 12 weeks in total. We are currently offering 4 further cohorts. 


Cohort 5 - January to March dates

Cohort 6 - April to June dates

Cohort 7 - July to September dates

Cohort 8 - September to December dates


Please note all coaching sessions are at a mutually agreed time and location. Group Innovation Days are held at Alderley Park, from 09:30 - 16:00


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

What our graduates say

Read what a number of our alumni have to say about their experience on the SMART Cheshire Innovation Programme, and how it's benefitted them.


Lynda Clarke - Platinum Players Business School

Claire MacLeod - MacLeod Associates

Contact Details

For more information, please get in touch: 


Project Manager: Jane Jones 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