Environmental innovation support programme to benefit region’s SMEs

A 3 year support programme designed by Lancaster University has received over £3 million of funding to help hundreds of North West businesses exploit new market opportunities for more environmentally sound products and services.

Posted on 12 October 2009

A 3 year support programme designed by Lancaster University has received over £3 million of funding to help hundreds of North West businesses exploit new market opportunities for more environmentally sound products and services.

The Northwest Eco-innovation Programme will provide one-to-one assistance to 480 SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) resulting in 240 new environmental products, saving 12,000 tonnes of CO2, creating 107 jobs and safeguarding 373 more.

The project will assign each business an advisor who will help to improve products, processes or systems to benefit the environment and help the company to grow.

The project will support innovation in a wide range of sectors and businesses will be given access to a wide range of specialist support which includes Lancaster University’s Research and Development expertise.

Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of the NWDA, said:

“Businesses in the Northwest can now access this unique support programme which will work with them to exploit the demand for mainstream products and services which have minimal environmental impact.”

The programme will be launched on 22nd October 2009 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, with a keynote speech from former Dragon’s Den investor, Richard Farleigh.

http://www.nwda.co.uk/news--events/press-releases/200901/support-for-eco-innovation.aspx

Posted under General Interest on 12 October 2009