New scheme launches to help Manchester firms recover from impact of the COVID pandemic

Growth | North West
Tim Newns

Businesses across Greater Manchester are being invited to take part in a series of unique and pioneering innovation events where small and medium-sized enterprises collaborate with larger organisations to help create a more sustainable future.

Innovate Manchester supports the Build Back Better campaign to help the city region recover from the impact of the COVID pandemic.

It will bring together business, academia and creative thinkers to enable them to work together on progressive ideas across four key themes, with each event followed up by its own Innovation Lab workshop.

The ambitious and participatory events will take place between June 2020 and February 2021.

They have been created by MIDAS and GC Business Growth Hub, part of the Growth Company, are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and are curated and delivered by FutureEverything.

The programme will take place online initially and represents an opportunity for Greater Manchester’s inspiring SMEs who are adept at disrupting markets and industries to connect with global-scale organisations.

Tim Newns, Chief Executive of MIDAS, comments: “We know that being innovative, pioneering and thinking differently have been the basis of Greater Manchester’s success over the last two centuries, whether you take the words of Disraeli or Tony Wilson, these traits are part of our mantra.

“We also know that these things are at the heart of a successful and highly productive economy and hold the key to us recovering from the last few months stronger, enabling us to Build Back Better.”

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, comments: “Our city region has collaborated well to address the enormous challenges presented by COVID. Our strengths in clean growth, digital, health innovation and advanced materials and manufacturing strategies are a strong framework on which to develop the notion of building back a better way of working and doing business.

“Innovate Manchester will enable smart collaborations across sectors and build on the pioneering and progressive approach that has long driven innovation in Greater Manchester. The speakers are inspiring examples of the brilliant minds and entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in our region.”

The introductory Webinar takes place Wednesday 10th June at 9:30am-11am. Confirmed speakers include:

• Vikas Shah MBE
• Prof. Michael Shaver, The University of Manchester
• Sophie Walker, COO and Co-Founder, Dsposal
• Stuart Hayward Higham, Technical Development Director SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK (TBC)

It is followed by a two-part Virtual Innovation Lab on Wednesday 17th June and Thursday 18th June.

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