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Greater Manchester shines in Innovation100

A hundred of Greater Manchester’s most innovative firms have been recognised with the publication of the first Innovation100 report.

Created by Business Growth Hub and BQ, Innovation100 Greater Manchester is designed to shine the spotlight on some of Greater Manchester’s most forward thinking small and medium sized businesses.  

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Innovation is at the very heart of helping businesses to succeed and grow. It is key to building a sustainable and growing economy, and can be recognised not just in products and services but also across management processes and business operations.

Firms recognised come from right across the Greater Manchester region, and represent sectors as diverse as food & drink, manufacturing, healthcare and digital.

Chris Greenhalgh, head of innovation at the Hub, said: “It’s our aim with Innovation100 to raise the profile of those businesses innovating in different ways, inspiring others to innovate and achieve growth.”

“What the Innovation100 companies underline is that while innovation can often be related to products, it can also apply to developing disruptive business models, applying new processes and delivering new services. Innovation is across many different facets of business, across different sectors and different sizes of companies.”

Across Greater Manchester alone, Innovate UK has provided funding for over 600 innovation projects since 2004 and the North West is home to a highly innovative business community that are contributing to new discoveries every day.

BQ’s Bryan Hoare said: “We’re delighted to give companies the chance to see some recognition for the hard work they put into innovation in their businesses.

“Innovation is the key to unlocking future growth, job creation and prosperity for the region, and what these businesses are already doing is incredibly impressive in lots of ways.”

The report was also supported by the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking GroupCataxDehns, Innovate UKIntellectual Property Office and the University of Salford.

Read the report here: Innovation100 Greater Manchester

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #Innovation100GM


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