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Innovation Clinic

Innovation Clinic

The Innovation Clinic supports Lancashire business to innovate and grow through the development of new to firm and new to market products. The clinic team brings together extensive industry and academic expertise, state of the art facilities and technology to provide fully funded and tailored support. This is provided at any stage of the product development process, from initial concept and market research through to launch. The innovation Clinic is part-funded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the European Regional Development fund (ERDF).

Who is it for?

The Innovation Clinic supports businesses in a range of sectors to achieve their growth aspirations through the development of new to firm and new to market products.

Your business, or new business idea must:

  • Be based in Lancashire
  • Employ less than 250 full time people
  • Have an annual turnover of less than £40 million and/or an annual balance sheet total of less than £35 million
  • Have received less than €200,000 of publicly funded support in the last three fiscal years.
  • Be a business-to-business (B2B) activity
  • Be a Lancashire business looking to develop new products

What will this involve?

  • Independent idea evaluation and feasibility
  • Market research, demand and competitor analysis
  • Advice on intellectual property (IP) and freedom to operate
  • Innovation strategy
  • Product design support
  • Prototype development
  • Product testing
  • Brand development
  • Materials, supply chain and manufacturing advice
  • Commercialisation

How will it benefit my business?

Innovation Clinic will help Lancashire small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to overcome the challenges of bringing new products to the market, giving SMEs the tools to create future products in a more informed and strategic way. It will also reduce failure rates of new product development as well as promote a successful innovation culture in Lancashire, which will in turn promote further collaboration between SMEs and UCLan.

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Contact Us

Iain Martin


Iain Martin
Project Manager- Innovation Clinic

Address: Greenbank Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 2253 
Mobile: +44 (0)1772 892253
Web: Innovation Clinic
Twitter: @iainmartinUclan

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