Monday, 10 June 2013

Free Help to Local Manufacturers through the Collaborate to Innovate (C2i) Project


The University of Liverpool Management School & Agile Business Solutions

The Collaborate to Innovate (C2i) Project is a novel, ERDF-funded partnership that has been formed between the University of Liverpool Management School and Agile Business Solutions in order to provide assistance to SMEs in the North West region.

All businesses benefit from having effective interaction with their business partners and a high quality of information exchange with customers and suppliers. Companies who work and talk together will also help to generate more new ideas; ideas which can help companies to improve what they make, and improve the way they make it. Larger firms often employ dedicated staff to address these issues but small and even medium-sized firms often do not have that luxury.

For smaller companies to start to work together in a connected way it often needs a third party to set the process up, provide the initial ideas and some helpful IT to get things moving. The University and Agile Business Solutions are providing such practical help through this programme

Is it really free?

Yes. If your company is eligible for funding under the scheme, then the project will provide the sort of help indicated below. The exact help you receive will depend on the issues facing your company and the possible contribution to local employment.

You will need to really join-in and work with the project to get the most out of it but will not be charged.

Relevance to me

If you are a company looking to stay one-step ahead of your competitors, perhaps looking to improve your efficiency so that you would be in a good position to expand, or just looking to meet others who may be able to inspire new ideas then this project will help. The intention is to provide help which has real practical use in your business. You do not need to have any University background to benefit.

Qualifying Companies

Small and medium sized companies (with less than 250 employees), which have expansion potential and are involved in some form of production or manufacturing may qualify. Companies which employ novel processes, or which make novel or patented products will be of particular interest.

Companies must be based in the North-West of England and must not have already exceeded the funding limit.

What sort of help may I receive?

You will receive help tailored to your circumstances, and this may include:
Software or web-portals to improve your communications with other businesses
Technical support in setting up business to business IT systems
Improvements to operational processes
Improvements in management data
Help with inter-firm planning and scheduling
Access to shared IT services
Savings through shared purchasing
Improvements in supplier selection and working practices

Contact for more information

Andrew Lyons:
e:a.c.lyons@liverpool.ac.uk
t: 0151 795 3608