Improving Your Business

Improving Your Business

The Innovation Catalyst

The Innovation Catalyst is a fully funded initiative, and a proven and powerful way of helping individual firms and regional collectives with shared issues to develop effective long-term solutions that capture greater value for them and for the region. This programme is designed and delivered online by Lancaster University Management School.

Over a six-month period we will facilitate a series of investigative and action focused explorations to collectively map out goals, challenges, and innovation needs – drawing in the right expertise to realise this. This will create a collaborative space for businesses, industry experts, academics, public sector bodies and others that will solve both individual and shared challenges.

For businesses who are prepared to drive change in the Cumbrian food and drink sector.

Why get involved?

  • Lead a sustainable revolution in Cumbria for the food and drink sector
  • Future proof your business in the changing environment
  • Collaborate and engage with a range of stakeholders to accelerate idea creation and tackle the key challenges in your sector
  • Access cutting edge research, facilities and expertise at Lancaster University

Cohort 1 is for food and drink sector organisations seeking to reduce their carbon footprint in Cumbria, starts: 25th May 2021

You can find out more about The Innovation Catalyst, and how to apply here.

This initiative is part of the ERDF Growth Hub project which is receiving £2, 528,767 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, with a £5,057,533 project total. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

  • European Regional Development Fund
  • Lancaster University Management School
  • Cumbria Business Growth Hub