Fully funded innovation support for businesses in York & North Yorkshire

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The Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) project has joined forces with innovation and growth expert, Dr Jo North, from The Big Bang Partnership to offer fully funded innovation workshops for SMEs in York & North Yorkshire.

The workshops are designed for businesses looking to thrive and innovate. They comprise of two days worth of business support, in two parts, from top business coaches as well as bespoke mentoring sessions with Dr Jo North. The aim of the workshop program is to support businesses to innovate and grow, discover fresh ideas and turn innovative thinking into commercial reality.

Dr Jo North said:

“Innovation is taking new ideas and applying them to make a purposeful, positive difference. It moves us forward, keeps us relevant and helps businesses to thrive.

The PAPI workshop program is in two parts, in the first part we’ll give you some space to step back and think about your business, and where you want to go. You’ll also meet some great people from other businesses and be able to form a really supportive community.

In the second part, we have a range of experts who will deliver 90 minute sessions on things like app development, finance, social media, and PR. You’ll also get one-to-one time with me to develop an innovation plan for your business.”

Workshop attendee, Stewart Gold from Westray Toys said:

“We were initially nervous…but as we started the program and worked with Jo and the team, we quickly realised how much benefit it would bring to our business. When we look back on the workshop, we realise how much it helped to accelerate our business. I couldn’t recommend the PAPI workshop highly enough.

Andy Jenkin of Design for Performance Consultancy also found valuable participation:

“It’s not just the breadth of input and advice that makes the program so great – it’s the depth to which each expert facilitator goes to, and the discussions with other participants, that makes it so rich.”

Apply now!

The next PAPI workshops, for businesses in York & North Yorkshire will take place on April 26th 2022 (part one) followed by sessions from May 16th-19th (part two).

Demand is expected to be high for workshop places, so act quickly to apply for a place at www.papi.org.uk.

If you would like more information, please contact the team at: papi-innovation@york.ac.uk, call 01904 328076 or visit papi.org.uk.

There is no charge to attend, but a short application form is required.


The Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) project supports businesses in York, North Yorkshire and Leeds City Region to create innovative new products through the provision of grants and workshops. Delivered by the University of York, PAPI also provides 40% grants of between £8,000 and £20,000 for the purchase of equipment which will create new products, services and jobs.

The PAPI project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by the University of York, in partnership with The Northern Powerhouse.


This was posted in Bdaily’s Members’ News section by PAPI Project .

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