Manchester Metropolitan University

Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry

£6million cyber security scheme that will help to protect Greater Manchester's small and medium-sized companies against malicious computer attacks.

Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry, a program open to all SMEs in Greater Manchester, which explores the ways cyber security, can boost businesses. 

The program incorporates the knowledge and expertise of four universities all of which work in partnership to deliver a course striving to improve cyber operations.

In the ever-growing digital age, it is vitally important for our region to recognize the importance of cyber security especially within business. If we use electronic data, systems and networks, we need cyber security.

This is because we are processing an increasing amount of sensitive and personal data. We might store our customers' credit card details so they can make payments faster, or our employees' National Insurance numbers for their salaries. Therefore, whatever your business, the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry can help improve your cyber operations.

We are now accepting applications for our workshops, which focus on business support for cyber security.

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What to expect on the programme

You'll attend two workshops and complete a series of online learning modules in your own time.

Once you’ve completed the workshops and modules, you’ll usually have a one-to-one action planning and feedback session with a member of our team.

Workshop One

During this full-day workshop, we typically cover the following topics:

  • Our online learning platform, Open Learning.
  • Knowledge session: Cyber innovation for growth.
  • Knowledge session: Cyber security/protection.
  • How to develop a Business Model Canvas for your business.

Online Learning Modules

During the programme, you’ll work through a series of modules using Open Learning. Each module aims to help you understand the role of cyber security and your business.

In your own time, you’ll complete each section and an associated survey. We’ll analyse your responses and provide a report with feedback and suggestions to move forwards.

The modules:

  • Cyber Essentials: You’ll assess where your business currently lies in defending your critical digital assets.
  • Innovation Audit: You’ll assess the innovation that currently exists in your business.
  • Absorptive Capacity Analysis: You’ll identify your ability to embed innovation in your business.
  • Driving Forces: You’ll identify the driving forces shaping the environment your business operates within.

We suggest allowing at least 30 minutes for each module.

Workshop Two

During this full-day workshop, you’ll use the information you supplied in the Driving Forces module to develop an Intuitive Logics model.

Working in groups, you’ll explore future business scenarios that use cyber security research and innovation.

We’ll create a report with the collective knowledge and scenarios, to help you further develop your business ideas.

One-to-one Session

This one-to-one session is an opportunity for you to develop an action plan based on the tasks you’ve completed during the programme.

We suggest allowing one to three hours for this session.


The next upcoming dates are - 

Cohort 4 Workshop 1 31/01/2020
  Workshop 2 21/02/2020
Cohort 5 Workshop 1 22/04/2020
  Workshop 2 20/05/2020
Cohort 6 Workshop 1 17/07/2020
  Workshop 2 07/08/2020
Cohort 7 Workshop 1 23/10/2020
  Workshop 2 13/11/2020
Cohort 8 Workshop 1 22/01/2021
  Workshop 2 19/02/2021
Cohort 9 Workshop 1 23/04/2021
  Workshop 2 21/05/2021
Cohort 10 Workshop 1 14/07/2021
  Workshop 2 04/08/2021

Contact us

Questions about the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry programme?

For more information, please get in touch with: 

Peter Smith

Business Advisor - ERDF Projects, Centre for Enterprise

Tel: +44 (0)161 247 6623 / +44 (0)7879 486 656

Email: or

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