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Eco-I NW

Eco-I NW

The transition to a low carbon economy has already begun. The Eco-I NW programme is working with six universities, who are offering support to help businesses.

The Eco-I North West Capital Grant Scheme

Helps support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the progression of business innovation, along the technology readiness levels and the adoption of new technologies, which aid the transition to a low carbon economy.  This match-style funding grant can purchase new equipment or technology and its installation, but will not support running or maintenance costs. The total value of the project proposed must be no less than £5,000 and no greater than £24,999. Grants are awarded on a 50% or 60% match basis depending on business location.

The scheme can support:

  • Investment in a new technology, process or product e.g. building of a prototype/test rig
  • Purchase of equipment, construction or design of component parts linked with a new technology
  • New product/technology trials and testing including simulations, lab work or field pilots
  • Research and development which moves a product along technology readiness levels

All grants need to be linked to a carbon saving technology.

Low Carbon Innovation Forum (Starts: 25th/26th January 2023)
A programme designed to help Cheshire businesses to understand the opportunities presented by the transition to a low carbon economy. The Low Carbon Innovation Forum is designed for SME leaders interested in connecting with like-minded regional peers, our academic expertise and industry partners to address the opportunities and challenges posed by the Net Zero Carbon agenda.

This cohort is for SMEs in the food & drink sector and wider supply chain industry (food manufacturing, logistics, packaging and visitor economy)

Day 1 (January). The programme begins by forming the peer group and participants will be introduced to Net Zero Principles before conducting a mapping exercise to understand your low carbon challenges.

Day 2 (January). You will examine today's innovation landscape with sample case studies and group challenges, helping participants identify the kind of innovations you can develop and implement within your business and also consider some of the practical barriers and ways of overcoming them. Participants will also explore some of the stark changes needed to meet global future needs and the strategic thinking and skills required by business leaders.

Day 3. (February) This session will look at how to create, deliver and capture value for the business. It will focus on the steps required to re-evaluate business processes to strengthen product and service lifecycles, address resource optimisation, and improve competitiveness, with the overarching aim to move towards a sustainable, low carbon business model.

Day 4. (March) This final workshop gives you the opportunity to take a step back and draw together all the areas covered throughout the programme to create a focused action plan which builds low carbon innovation into your business.

If you are interested in the Capital Grant Scheme or Low Carbon Innovation Forum please contact us