Eco-I North West

Eco-I North West: Supporting England’s North West businesses innovate to deliver low carbon solutions.

This £14m project delivered by 6 of the region’s leading universities follows 8 years of award-winning R&D activities. Eco-I NW opens up huge regional resource to businesses, facilitating resilience, innovation, collaboration and the development of new low carbon products, processes and services.

Why work with us?

  • Access award-winning business and innovation support
  • Benefit from knowledge and skills demonstrated to be world leading in a UK Science Innovation Audit
  • Gain access to people, facilities, understanding and resources to support your business in 6 leading regional research institutions
  • Double the potential return on R&D investment through working with a university
  • Address key challenges and lead a sustainable revolution in your sector
  • Discover and work with a network of like-minded businesses, peers, stakeholders, collaborators and global contacts.

Eco-I NW can support your organisation with short-term innovation or research projects and with long-term technical R&D. Please see the diagram below for an overview outlining how we can help.


Read the leaflet here.

The next Eco-I NW Cohort is now live…

This practical, interactive project is aimed at NW based SME’s that are starting their low-carbon innovation journey and are looking for opportunities and support to become a low-carbon business. It is being run as three ‘in-person’ workshops held on campus at Manchester Met.

Dates: Wednesday 27th April 2022– Thursday 12th May 2022
Time: 10.00 to 16.00 (with lunch provided)
Location: Manchester Metropolitan University
Cost: For NW based SME’s the project is fully funded via ERDF.

What we cover…

Wednesday 27th April 2022
– Introduction to the Eco-I NW project, network and learning community.
– Understand why reducing carbon is an opportunity for your business.
– Assessing the carbon intensity of your business, supply chain and products/services.
– Identifying opportunities for low carbon innovation.
– Overview of Manchester Met’s low-carbon expertise and access to online resources including analysis tools and technical insights into hydrogen/fuel cell technology, anaerobic digestion, dual fuel technologies, smart infrastructure, 3D Printing and circular economy business models.

Wednesday 4th May 2022
– The principles of innovation, new product development and how to improve the chances of successful innovation.
– Undertaking and reviewing an innovation readiness self-audit.
– Introduction to Design Thinking and how to use it to rapidly generate and evaluate ideas.
– Action planning, next steps and overview of further support.

Wednesday 11th May 2022 –
– Put innovation theory into practice by competing in a ‘Sustainable Design Sprint’ that shows you how to use creativity to reframe environmental problems as solvable opportunities.

Thursday 12th May 2022 – (10am – 12noon and online only)
– ECO-I Phase 2
– Next Steps
– Working with Manchester Met

To register your interest and arrange an informal chat about the project email us at or complete the EOI form on their website here.

Funding and eligibility

This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It is led by the University of Cumbria partnering with Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire and is available to ERDF eligible businesses.

  • European Regional Development Fund
  • Northern Powerhouse
  • Lancaster University Management School
  • University of Central Lancashire

Get in Touch

Contact us today for help and advice on starting or growing your business.

Tel: 0844 257 8450