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.

“The two sessions will be fundamental in our future product development plans“ 
Anthony Main, The Distance

Malton workshop May 2018

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 programme was highly valuable to our business. The course was tailored to our requirements with tools that were used in the business the following morning”  
James Buffoni, Ryedale Group


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.

Workshop Dates

East Riding 
Day One: 29th January 2020
Day Two: 27th February 2020 University of York, Ron Cooke Hub. YO10 5GE

Day One: 13th February 2020
Day Two: 27th February 2020 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.