Manchester Metropolitan University

SMART Cheshire Innovation Programme

Develop your idea. Grow your business.

Sharing our business knowledge and experience to help you drive success.  

As a CEO or founder of a start-up, the day-to-day running of the business tends to fall on your shoulders. You might have an idea for a new product or innovative service but it can be difficult to find time to begin the process, can’t it?

At Manchester Metropolitan University, our Centre for Enterprise helps businesses across the North West to develop their ideas and grow.

Our SMART Cheshire programme is for micro and small to medium-sized businesses in Cheshire and Warrington. It’s an opportunity for you to explore what innovation looks like for your business, to access our academic expertise, and to share experiences with like-minded entrepreneurs.

SMART Cheshire is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, so there isn’t a cost to your business for our support.

SMART Cheshire Innovation Launchpad: Two days to focus on your business

We’ve designed our two-day programme to help you step away from the daily grind of running a business.

It’s a space for you to critically explore new ideas to develop your organisation. To question whether your idea for a new product really does respond to customers’ problems. To consider whether you have the skills to implement a new process or service. To evaluate whether your ideas fit with your business vision.

You’ll attend two full-day interactive workshops, followed by a coaching session to help you plan your next steps.

The 12-week Innovation Challenge

Once you’ve completed Launchpad, you might be eligible to join our fully funded 12-week programme.

It’s a series of practical workshops related to your business, group sessions and one-to-one coaching to prepare you to launch your new product, service or process.

Is SMART Cheshire the right programme for you?

To make sure that this is the right business support for your company, we’ll meet with you to talk through your idea and learn more about your business.

We’ll be in touch once you’ve registered your interest.

Queries? You can email us at or call us on 0161 247 3871

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Launchpad Dates

Programme Dates
Cohort 3 18th & 19th July 2018
Cohort 4 18th & 19th Sept 2018
Cohort 5 19th & 20th November 2018
Cohort 6 December 2018 (dates TBC)
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