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.

UCLan’s Centre for SME Development is a business membership network and a gateway for small, medium enterprises (SMEs) and all types of businesses to access the wealth of support and expertise that the University has to offer.

The Centre for SME Development is committed to sharing and using all the resources available to help the regions SMEs to prosper. Our focus is on engaging with the business community to create a vibrant, co-operative and constructive network where everybody benefits from being a member. To find out how you can join (membership is free) read more

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.


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.


The UpSkilling Lancashire project supports Lancashire based SMEs to increase the skills and capability of their employees. The team assists businesses to identify, design, develop and implement work-force education and training programmes linked to the strategic needs of the business.


The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has teamed up with IN4.0 PLC to enable businesses to innovate and achieve growth through the utilisation of industrial digital technologies.