Manchester Metropolitan University

SMART Cheshire Innovation Programme

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

Take your business to the next level.

Successful innovation starts by gaining a deep insight into your customer pains and the gaps in the market where existing products or services fail to serve them. Register your interest today for our two-day SMART Cheshire Innovation Launchpad, where you will learn how to find out what your customers really think and how to obtain accurate market intelligence. 

With this in hand, you will be ready to go through an innovation process that will end in a successful product launch. Once you've completed the 2-day Launchpad, you may be eligible to join our 12-week Innovation Challenge which supports and guides you through this. 

Alternatively, if you believe you and your business are ready to innovate, you may be eligible to join the 12-week Challenge directly. Please see below for further information on this. 

If you are interested in innovation, see some thought-provoking articles and news from world leaders in innovation and from small businesses who have made it work for them.

Download the Course Flyer

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Launchpad Dates

Programme Dates
Cohort 3 18th & 19th July 2018
Cohort 4 18th & 19th Sept 2018
Cohort 5 16th & 17th October 2018
Cohort 6 19th & 20th November 2018
Cohort 7 15th & 16th January 2019
Cohort 8 19th & 20th February 2019

12-week Innovation Challenge

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


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

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Contact Details

For more information, please get in touch: 


Project Manager: Jane Jones at


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



0161 247 3871