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

Innovation Workshops

Fully-funded, practically-focused support from business coach Dr Jo North, of The Big Bang Partnership, to help your business optimise its commercial, innovative and entrepreneurial capabilities. 

Workshops are delivered over 2 non-consecutive days with each day providing a tailored programme of seminars.  You will receive expert innovation coaching from start to finish, supporting you to develop an Innovation Plan for your business.

""A great investment of my time to think about the future of the business. A very cerative workshop which generated some really great ideas"

Workshop Dates

Day 1
Thursday 4th June 2020 9am - 5pm
The Pavilions, Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

Day 2
Thursday 9th July 2020 9am - 5pm
University of York, Ron Cooke Hub. YO10 5GE

Day 1
Wednesday 17th June 2020 9am - 5pm 
Monks Cross Dr, Huntington, York YO32 9GZ

Day 2
Thursday 9th July 2020 9am - 5pm
University of York, Ron Cooke Hub. YO10 5GE

How to Apply 

Download the PAPI Innovation Workshops Application Form

Please complete the application form and return to 

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch or call 01904 328076.

The workshops will support your business to:

  • Be more responsive to your customers and competitors
  • Get your products to market faster and more cost efficiently
  • Learn from other businesses and share ideas
  • Take part in a supportive yet challenging, results-driven experience
  • Develop an Innovation Plan for 2020 and beyond
  • Access further innovation funding for your business
  • Gain exposure to a network of professional experts

“The PAPI Workshop has given me lots of tools to take back into my business to enable me to create a robust and sustainable plan. The day was full of energy, ideas and it’s a brilliant opportunity to spend time with other small business owners"


The workshop content offers a range of tailored seminars, guest speakers and expert demonstrations of new technology and facilities.  Just a few examples include:

  • Innovation strategies with practical tools and techniques to take back to your business
  • Dynamics of change – social, technological, economic and environmental factors
  • Customer retention and attraction
  • New product development - from idea to commercialisation
  • Process efficiency and effectiveness
  • Brand positioning
  • Ecommerce and digital marketing
  • Marketing strategies

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

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.