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  • 13th January 2020

    £5,000 Innovation Vouchers

    Get the funding you need to access expert support to help your business innovate, develop and grow.
  • 13th January 2020

    Key points from the new government manifesto

    With Prime Minister Boris Johnson securing a comfortable majority in the General Election and Brexit very likely to go ahead on 31 January, policymakers will turn to new priorities in 2020.
  • 9th January 2020

    Green light for Lancashire advanced manufacturing facility

    A new £20 million state-of-the-art manufacturing research facility has been given the go ahead in Lancashire to enhance the region’s manufacturing base and work with local supply chains.
  • 6th January 2020

    Made Smarter leadership programme readies for next intake

    The second cohort of the Made Smarter Leadership Programme, designed for business leaders looking to adopt new digital technologies, will start at the end of January 2020.
  • 6th January 2020

    Innovators showcase graphene-enhanced products

    A two-day event at the University of Manchester in December showcased the practical applications of 2D ‘wonder material’ graphene on products ranging from running shoes to printed electronics.
  • 19th December 2019

    Cost-focused procurement is blocking innovation

    Six in ten companies say their suppliers are important for driving innovation but basing supplier relationships on price alone is holding back progress according to a new survey.
  • 10th December 2019

    R&D spending up nationally, but down in the North West

    Business spending on research and development (R&D) is increasing nationwide, especially in pharmaceuticals, automotive and aerospace, but firms in the North West are continuing to miss out.
  • 9th December 2019

    Experts publish currency guidance for manufacturers

    Uncertainties around Brexit, the US-China trade war and other market fluctuations are making it difficult for manufacturers to set prices with overseas partners, but three key steps can aid planning.
  • 28th November 2019

    Business giants team up to boost supply chain productivity

    A group of 23 major companies including BAE Systems, GSK, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have joined a campaign to help their suppliers and other SMEs to boost their competitiveness.
  • 21st November 2019

    Firms advised to benchmark productivity

    A government review into business productivity has urged firms to benchmark their performance against competitors using a new online tool from Be the Business.

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