Grants for equipment to enable innovation in small businesses in Leeds City Region

Innovation Workshops

Access high-quality, practically-focussed innovation support and expertise

The workshops are delivered over 2 non-consecutive days, allowing time for the development an innovation plan to optimise your commercial, innovative and entrepreneurial capabilities.

Receive world-class coaching from Dr Jo North of The Big Bang Partnership.  Jo will be your trainer and mentor from start to finish, delivering tailored seminars relevant to your business.

Previous delegates on the workshop include Dragons Den winners Tancream.

Katy Foxcroft, co-founder of Tancream said: “Jo is a great workshop facilitator creating a fun mix of activities and presentations to challenge your business and your brain.”

Please note all workshops are postponed to a later date. If you wish to register your interest for future events please contact us.


The workshops will support you to:

  • Step out of the day-to-day and get a fresh perspective on your business
  • Be more responsive to your customers' needs
  • Get your products to market faster and more cost efficiently
  • Gain new technological insights
  • Take part in a supportive yet challenging, results-driven experience
  • Learn from other businesses and share ideas

Develop an Innovation Plan for 2020 and beyond

Watch this video to hear more about the workshops and why you should attend

Eligibility Criteria

PAPI aims to support small to medium-sized businesses in the Leeds City Region, 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.

PAPI Innovation Workshops are fully-funded and delivered over 2 non-consecutive days

Businesses may send more than one delegate

We ask that the workshops are attended by senior decision-makers within the business

Each business must complete an application form and be available for both days

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

Any data provided is held in line with both our departmental privacy notice and the ERDF privacy notice.

The programme is delivered through the Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

By participating in this workshop you will be in receipt of State Aid under the General Block Exemption Regulation Article 28 - Innovation Aid for SMEs (GBER 28).  Any state aid awarded to you under this project will have to be declared if you apply for other sources of public funding in the future.