Grants for equipment to enable innovation in small businesses in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

Innovation Workshops

The core of this funded programme is high-quality, practically-focused, product and process innovation support and expertise.

Four workshops will be delivered across the region. Each workshop will be delivered over 2 non-consecutive days to allow time for reflection and implementation. Places are limited to ensure that each business receives support that is tailored to meet its specific needs.

“Informative session to start to equip business leaders with the tools to identify potential for innovation and growth“
Sarah Mottershead, MooD International

Participants will benefit from:

  • One-to-one contact to identify your business innovation needs and to help you get the most from the programme
  • Specialist seminars, designed specifically for the small number of participating businesses, delivered by highly experienced practitioners
  • Practical, real-world expertise and tools that can be applied directly to your business
  • Development of an Innovation Plan tailored to your business 
  • A network of other small businesses in our region
  • A gateway to further innovation funding for your business, where appropriate 
  • Exposure to a network of professional experts 
  • Expert workshop design, facilitation and diagnostics - delivered by Dr. Jo North.

“ Great to formalise our thinking in terms of innovation development”
Daniel Lee-Bursnall, Incremental Solutions Ltd


The high-level outline of the areas to be covered in the workshop is as follows:

  • Innovation for growth
  • Types of innovation
  • Strategies for growth
  • The innovation process 
  • Dynamics of change
  • Customer retention and attraction
  • Sustainable competitive advantage through innovation
  • Process efficiency and effectiveness
  • Innovation tools and techniques
  • Risk, reward and financial planning
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Action-planning

“A genuinely useful course, including refresher info and new approaches to everyday issues.”
James Buffoni, Ryedale Group

Dates & venues

Option 1 
Day 1: Tuesday 24 April Knaresborough, Dower House Hotel
Day 2: Tuesday 22 May York, Ron Cooke Hub

Option 2
Day 1: Tuesday 8 May Malton, Talbot Hotel
Day 2: Tuesday 22 May York, Ron Cooke Hub

Option 3
Day 1: Tuesday 16 October Northallerton, Solberge Hall Hotel
Day 2: Tuesday 13 November York, Ron Cooke Hub

Option 4
Day 1: Tuesday 23 October Beverley, Racecourse
Day 2: Tuesday 13 November York, Ron Cooke Hub

How to Apply

Please complete the application form and return to [email protected] 

All applicants will be contacted about the outcome of their application as soon as possible but no later than 5 working days prior to the event.

Eligibility Criteria

PAPI aims to support small to medium-sized businesses in the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding region that meet the following criteria:

  • Turnover lower than €50m per annum.
  • Balance sheet assets of less than €43m.
  • Fewer than 250 employees.

Businesses should only nominate appropriate participants who have significant responsibility for innovation.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch or call 01904 325145.

The programme is delivered through the Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.