Low Carbon Innovation Forum

The Low Carbon Innovation Forum is a six month programme for Lancashire businesses seeking to address the challenges of the low carbon economy. The programme is delivered by Lancaster University’s Management School in conjunction with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation.

The programme is open to Small and Medium-sized businesses in Lancashire, and offers a space for SMEs to think about how their business can innovate through a series of workshops, access to Masterclasses, an eco-innovation challenge and company visit.

What's involved?

  • Overnight Experiential: During this two day (one night) welcome, delegates will be introduced to the peer group, the structure of the programme and the development plan workbook. There will also be a series of activities to set the strategic setting for the programme.
  • One day workshops will be delivered once every month by academics from both the Lancaster Environment Centre and Lancaster University Management School, which will provide delegates with the tools and techniques to adopt low carbon technologies into their business whilst offering guidance on how to tackle potential challenges.
  • Corporate Eco-innovation challenge: The challenge will be delivered by a large company to challenge, provoke discussion and inspire new ideas within the group.
  • A company visit, with an access all areas to a business already following a low carbon business model, allowing delegates to experience good practice for themselves.
  • Online forum, for peer-to-peer support and discussion throughout the programme.
  • Access to the series of popular Masterclasses run by Lancaster University Management School.
  • Student consultancy projects: an opportunity for a group of MBA or undergraduate students to work on a specific area of the business through student consultancy.

What is the programme about?

The Low Carbon Innovation Forum provides Lancashire SMEs with a supportive space to put the Low Carbon agenda at the fore-front of business strategy. An ‘eco-innovation’ or ‘low carbon’ agenda could mean addressing how internal processes could work more efficiently to reduce energy usage. It could also mean innovating products or services which will reduce the use of carbon within the sector the business is operating in.

Ultimately, the aim of the programme is for businesses to produce a measurable reduction in the carbon footprint.

Why should I join this programme?

There is real incentive for SMEs to dedicate time to think about eco-innovation within their business, which could lead to:

  • More efficient day-to-day processes
  • Competitive advantage through the development of innovative products and services
  • Cost saving ideas

Benefits

Participants on this programme will:

  • Share ideas through a trusted network of SMEs, who have a mutual understanding of the challenges facing directors and managers implementing a low carbon agenda
  • Draw expertise from world-leading and award-winning areas of Lancaster University, through collaboration with the Lancaster University Management School and the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation
  • Learn the tools and techniques to take a fresh view of business practices whilst accelerating innovation to shape new products and develop new processes
  • Experience how good practice looks through a site visit to a large company who has adopted a low-carbon economy

Cost

This programme is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is available to ERDF eligible companies.

For further information about what the structure of the programme looks like, eligibility, and how to apply, please take a look at the Low Carbon Innovation website.

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Start date: 21st June 2017

Location: Most workshops will take place at Lancaster University. All other activities will be delivered in Lancashire

Time required: 7 days over 6 months

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation and its partners are organising events and workshops in other areas such as Cheshire, Cumbria and Merseyside. These are currently being planned and further information will be available on this page soon. Our partners include the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the universities of Chester, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and the University of Central Lancashire.