Creating new products: A bitesize webinar to explore whether you’re ready

In this series, we’re introducing our innovation journey for small businesses – a process to turn your idea into reality.

About the webinar

Perhaps you’ve spotted a gap in the beauty market, for example, and want to create a new face cream. Maybe you’re an accountant and have read about a secure IT system to help process customers’ data, and you’d like to use it in your business. It could be that a company website would allow you to expand your wholesale business…

Do you have the passion, drive and resources to create a new product? Are you ready to take that risk to add a new process to your small business?

In this short session, Claire Pattison, Enterprise Fellow at Manchester Met, will be exploring risk, resilience, and being ‘ready’ to innovate.

What to expect at this 30-minute session

You can expect a 15-minute interactive talk from Claire, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session.

You can also book a one-to-one session with one of our team to discuss your idea in more depth. It’s a chance to chat about your business and your idea, and to see if our SMART Cheshire Innovation Challenge might be the next step in your journey.

These one-to-one sessions are completely optional. You’re more than welcome to join our innovation webinars and then log off!

We think you’ll find this session useful if:

• you have been busy planning and thinking about your business during lockdown, and now feel ready to innovate, but are unsure of the next steps
• you have already innovated during lockdown but now wonder ‘how will I sustain this when a ‘normal’ returns?’
• you think you wish to develop your business further, but might need to consider the risks and your capacity to innovate
• you already know you need to make changes, lockdown has unfortunately illustrated this, but you’re unsure of the way forward

SMART Cheshire: A programme to help you develop something new

One of the programmes we run at Manchester Met’s Centre for Enterprise is the SMART Cheshire Innovation Challenge.

It’s a short programme for anyone thinking of adding something new to their small business.

We’ll show you how to take your initial idea, test it, and move to prototype stage. And you can use these tools each time you want to add something new to your business.

Book your place here