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Business Support

There are a number of initiatives to support businesses across the Lancashire area.  Please take a look at the different programmes on offer and either follow the links or contact martina.rodrigues@northernautoalliance.

If you have a specific business support need that is not catered for with these initiatives, please contact us and we will see if we can help.

  • DigitME2:Funded support to implement IR4 capabilities
  • Growth support programme
  • Lancashire manufacturing growth fund


Continuing from the original 2007-2013 DigitME program, DigitME2 is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Burnley Campus, DigitME2 supports small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in Lancashire in a bid to help them become Industry 4.0 ready.

The fully funded program focuses on 3D Printing, Robotics, Automation, The Internet of Things and Data Processing and will help businesses grow and develop helping them adopt new technologies and change processes to become future ready manufacturers.

The University of Central Lancashire is offering eligible Lancashire based manufacturing SMEs 150 hours of fully funded support in order to help assess current manufacturing technology levels and undertake short term research projects to develop the manufacturing process, grow their business and become ‘Industry 4.0’ ready manufacturers.

For further information on joining the DigitME2 program and benefiting from the funding available or to see the ADMT lab in action, please get in touch with the project team on 01772 896092 or mail to

Growth Support Programme

Lancashire entrepreneurs are being encouraged to start their high growth businesses with help and funding available through the BOOST Programme.  Support is also available for young businesses, with real ambitions to grow.

The support includes 121 coaching, seminars and masterclasses, action learning, networking and signposting to other relevant support.

For further information, contact Rachael Taylor on 0161 876 3363 or e-mail or Rizwana Afzal on 01254 693999 email

Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund

A new service for Lancashire Manufacturers, including Specialist manufacturers.

Do you have a project in mind that would create jobs and or develop new products?

If so, the Lancashire Manufacturing Growth Fund, a part of BOOST, could offer a grant of up to 30% on a £10k project.

The project also offers manufacturers support to

  • Develop and Introduce new products to market
  • Improve their manufacturing efficiency
  • Identify new markets
  • Secure advanced technology training.

For further information, please contact Nigel Goodrich on 07734 776559 or

Lancashire businesses already benefit from a hugely successful business support programme through BOOST
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