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

Innovation Workshops

Access high-quality, practical, real-world innovation support and expertise

The workshops are delivered over 2 non-consecutive days to allow time for reflection and development of your business’ innovation plan. Places are limited to ensure that each business receives support that is tailored to meet its specific needs.

“The two sessions will be fundamental in our future product development plans“
Anthony Main, The Distance

Malton workshop May 2018

Participants will benefit from:

  • One-to-one mentoring to identify your business innovation needs and to help you get the most from the programme
  • Specialist seminars, tailored to the needs of each participating business, delivered by highly experienced practitioners
  • Practical, real-world expertise and tools that can be applied directly to your business
  • Development of an innovation business plan tailored to meet your business’ needs
  • Networking with the other small businesses participating in the programme
  • A gateway to further innovation funding and advice for your business 
  • Exposure to a network of professional experts 
  • Expert workshop design, facilitation and diagnostics – delivered by Dr. Jo North, The Big Bang Partnership

“Fantastic 2 day workshop that I took real value from. Not only some great strategic business tips, but a lot of contacts from the University that I will make use of”
Gary Thompson, Smartflow Couplings Ltd


Areas covered in the workshop are:

  • Types of innovation
  • Strategies for innovation growth
  • Dynamics of change – social, technological, economic and environmental factors
  • 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

“Really amazing workshop, great advice, delivery and energy”
Scott Woodhead, YOLO Inc Ltd

Dates & venues

Northallerton & York

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


Beverley & York

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 

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.

Any data provided is held in line with both our departmental privacy notice and the ERDF privacy notice.

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

State Aid Information: the approximate value of a PAPI Innovation Workshop is £730 / €830