Grow your business

Grow Your Business

Tap into a wide range of specialist business support aimed at helping the region's SMEs grow. Our team are here to help you grow your business through projects and dedicated business support.

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Funded Support

We have a strong track record for securing funding aimed at supporting and developing the region’s small business community. Specific projects, hosted by UCLan, or in collaboration are all aimed at wealth creation, safeguarding jobs and helping businesses gain a competitive edge.

The Centre for SME Development is a university-wide initiative providing comprehensive support to small and medium-sized enterprises, to give you that competitive edge and help you grow.

Based in the heart of Lancashire, we’re committed to helping businesses and social enterprises. We value our civic responsibility and are devoted to improving the regional community by stimulating economical and societal change. Let us help you fulfil your strategic ambitions whilst nurturing and growing your business.

The UCLan Innovation Clinic provides support to Lancashire businesses and organisations, helping them to innovate and grow through the development of new products. Taking ideas from concept through to market.



The DigitMe2 project provides free consultancy to manufacturing businesses with the aim of developing the North West manufacturing sector.


Digital First aims to help Lancashire’s SMEs use digital technologies to grow their business through expert advice and practical support.

Transmission is a support programme for SMEs within Lancashire and helps prepare them for the global effect of increasingly impactful developments in new technology. Transmission’s approach is to build leadership capacity and capabilities within the advanced manufacturing, engineering, creative and digital sectors.


Lancashire’s Investment Readiness programme provides investment guidance and support for Lancashire-based businesses to improve chances of raising third party investment.


Lancashire Forum Creative is designed to meet the learning and development needs of creative and digital SMEs via a business, leadership and innovation development programme.


UNITEplus is a free business support programme that will add value and skills to your North West-based business or organisation. UNITEplus do this by providing a university student or graduate to assist on a specific project, therefore adding skills and knowledge to the business.


MaCaW aims to assist Lancashire’s SMEs to overcome the challenges and barriers in moving towards a low carbon economic model, to both reduce their carbon burden and make cost savings to their organisation.