Innovation brings success to businesses and the economy

In today’s global economy, the ability to innovate can determine the success or growth of a business—or of a region, or a country. Of all the triggers for success, the ability to innovate is perhaps the most critical, and therefore the biggest challenge. But it’s not always easy, or even possible, to develop fresh thinking exclusively within the business. Yorkshire Forward provides a wide range of programmes to help—from generating new product ideas to exploiting their commercial potential.

Funding and support

Funding and support

An R&D grant or an innovation voucher could help your business become more competitive through innovation by helping to pay for development, prototyping, collaboration and more. Here’s where to find sources of funding.

Rewarding innovation

Rewarding innovation

Yorkshire Forward is pleased to announce that through their partnership with EPSRC, the region has been allocated up to six Industrial CASE Studentships to award, for 2010.

Yorkshire Innovation

Yorkshire Innovation

Yorkshire Innovation is the Science and Industry Council for Yorkshire and Humber.

Collaborating for success

Collaborating for success

Businesses and universities in our region can come together for ‘knowledge transfer’—working together to solve technological & commercial challenges for mutual profit & success.

Succeed in Europe

Succeed in Europe

Enterprise Europe Network helps the region’s businesses to succeed in Europe, assisting with information, knowledge transfer, funding, contacts, collaborative partnerships and more.

Science, innovation and incubation centres

Science, innovation and incubation centres

Yorkshire Forward invests in creating science parks & centres of incubation & excellence, helping forward-thinking businesses in priority sectors to innovate, flourish and compete.

Innovation strategy

Innovation strategy

Yorkshire Innovation, the regional science and innovation council, champions the use of innovation in all aspects of business to increase the competitiveness of Yorkshire & Humber.

Other organisations involved with innovation

Other organisations involved with innovation

Find out which national organisations are concerned with innovation, helping to shape policy and providing support for progressive businesses.

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) innovation programme

Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) innovation programme

SBRI is a programme that brings innovative solutions to specific public sector needs, by engaging a broad range of companies in competitions for ideas that result in short-term development contracts.

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Business Funding

Looking to start grow or improve a business? See what funding options could be available for you.

Incentives for going greener

Find out how your business can take advantage of loans, grants and tax breaks for going greener.

Sector investment

Find out about our biggest industries and the support available to UK and international investors.