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Empowering sustainable innovations from prototype to market.

Innovation Navigator is GM Business Growth Hub’s specialist innovation support programme, here to accelerate and guide projects within the sustainable advanced materials space. If you have a relevant project, are in the process of developing new products, services, or have a working prototype, we can provide the support to fast-track you to commercialisation.


Whether you need access to funding, advice and support with securing IP or new market identification and launch planning, we can navigate you and address any barriers and challenges. That way, you can devote your energy to what matters most - creating innovations that will accelerate your business and create a greener future.

Unique challenges, unique solutions

In light of growing concern for the environment, manufacturers are propelling sustainable innovations forward. When innovating in sustainable advanced materials we can provide potential solutions to accelerate these innovation journeys.

Our Commercialisation Specialists spend time understanding your business and aspirations, connecting you to the right people, researchers, resources and expertise that will help you overcome any challenges you might be facing, including:

  • Sourcing the appropriate sustainable material
  • Responding to environmental and consumer demands
  • Sustainably scaling production
  • Meeting sustainable development goals and regulatory compliance
  • Accessing the right resources, know-how and funding

Our Partners

Greater Manchester has a thriving innovation ecosystem of partners and collaborators, whose support you can access through Innovation Navigator.

Hear from the innovative businesses we’ve supported

After working with our Innovation Specialists, clean-tech start-up Vector Homes forecasted year one sales of £80,000 and created two new jobs.

The business is revolutionising within the sustainable housing space, by creating smart, affordable, and eco-friendly housing solutions.

“One of the things that’s enabled us to keep going is that we simply haven’t been prepared to give up. And, alongside this, we’ve really put ourselves out there in terms of accessing business support services, like that at the GM Business Growth Hub which I think is something every SME should do.”


Dr Liam Britnell Chief Technology Officer at Vector Homes


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