The Innovation Development Programme has been specifically designed for senior decision makers of Cumbria based SMEs. This six month peer-network programme will give delegates the space to explore emerging trends and the opportunities for innovation in their businesses.

The fourth and final cohort we will bring together SMEs from across the food and drink supply chain from production and manufacturing to warehousing, logistics and waste, with a view to creative opportunities for collaborative innovations.

Next programme start: January 2020

Apply for your place now!

What’s involved?

  • An Overnight Experiential over two days (one night) to build relationships with your peer group
  • Monthly, sector focused half-day workshops and masterclasses
  • An interactive group challenge to identify and maximise opportunities across the food and drink landscape in Cumbria
  • Access to Masterclasses delivered by inspirational, world-class speakers
  • A final residential (one night) to consolidate learning and put ideas into action

How will it benefit you?

  • Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities identifies by future trends
  • Learn the tools, techniques and approaches to implement innovation in your business
  • Develop long-term relationships with like-minded businesses
  • Access to Lancaster University expertise to aid with progression of your ideas

Who will deliver it?

The Innovation Development Programme is delivered by Lancaster University Management School.

This programme is fully funded, and available to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) eligible businesses.

For further information, please contact, call +44 (0)1524 593679 or visit

Benefits of the Cumbria Innovations Platform
  • Reduce the risk of research and development
  • Speed up innovation
  • Support the development and commercialisation of new products
  • Accelerate growth in innovative Cumbrian businesses

What else is on offer?

Contact us

If you have an idea for a project, please use our contact form

If you have any question or want to speak to one of our team, please email or call:

Pete Cornwall to find out more about our innovation development programme

+44 (0)1524 510 728

Stewart Kember to find out more about digital product design

+44 (0)1524 510 444

Sarah Allison to find out more about our innovation workshops

+44 (0)1228 888 740

Alex Robson to find out more about the scientific facilities on offer: 

+44 (0)1524 593 797

We look forward to talking to you.