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w/c 18 December 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of Business Connect and the last of what has been a really successful 2017. 

It was great to see some of you at our Eco 14 event last week at Preston North End we hope you enjoyed it.

Nicholas Gray of UKDI Ltd promoting the Recovery+ stretcher and Dave Burrows of Damibu promoting the CATCH app

One of our goals for 2018 will be to get even greater exposure for the SMEs we are working with. Please get in touch with us with any ideas you have.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and very successful 2018.

Andy, Indi and Steve 

Healthcare Business Connect - Cheshire and Warrington 

Find out more about the Healthcare Business Connect Cheshire and Warrington offer


Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme
  • A fully-funded, two-day, targeted workshop and programme of business support for SMEs based in Cheshire and Warrington
  • Start dates in January, February and March 2018 

For more information on the programme please email Indi Singh, Commercial Programme Manager

Healthcare Business Connect - Lancashire 


Lancashire awards 

Red Rose Awards 2018 

The Red Rose Awards provide the best possible platforms to promote success with the aim of encouraging trade within the county. The awards are about the businesses that keep the county alive – the heroes of the Lancashire economy.

Entries for #RRA18 are now open and will close at midnight on Friday 12 January 2018.

For more information on the programme please email Steve Adams, Commercial Programme Manager

Healthcare Business Connect - Liverpool City Region


Find out more about the Healthcare Business Connect Liverpool City Region offer (part of the Health Innovation Exchange)


Two local innovations selected for national NHS support

Two innovative health products developed in the Liverpool City Region are among 11 selected to join the prestigious NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

The Accelerator is run by NHS England in partnership with Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) – including the Innovation Agency, the AHSN for the North West Coast. The programme accelerates the uptake of high impact products throughout the NHS, providing a vital boost for innovators.

  • ORCHA provides a health app finder platform for health organisations and individuals, allowing easy and clear access to verified apps. 
  • Also new to the Accelerator is Liverpool-based Damibu with their app CATCH - Common Approach To Children’s Health.  The CATCH app gives parents appropriate and understandable information when they need it, via smartphone or tablet. Avoiding the inappropriate use of NHS services when self-care would be more appropriate.
Find out more...

For more information on the programme please email Andy Cairns, Commercial Programme Manager

Funding opportunities




Tenders are invited to deliver a £350,000 project focusing on the links between dementia and isolation and loneliness in Winsford and Chester

Tender period closes: 5:00pm on 23 February 2018

British Business Bank

  • The British Business Bank has launched the £15m North West Business Growth Fund in partnership with MSIF.

Innovate UK Funding
Submission deadlines:
  • Manufacturing and Materials: 17/01/18
  • Open Programme:  07/02/18
  • Infrastructure Systems: 14/03/18

European Commission Horizon Prize in Social Innovation (closes 28 February 2019)

One prize of €1 million and four runner-up prizes of €250,000 each will be awarded to the most innovative mobility solutions that enable older citizens to continue to fully participate in social activities, maintain their autonomy and age healthily.

Regional, national and international events

Medilink Northern Powerhouse Healthcare Business Awards 2018 

We are delighted to join with Health Innovation Manchester and Yorkshire and Humber AHSN as the headline sponsors for this advent which celebrates success spanning the whole of the Northern Powerhouse.

Categories include: 
  • Start-up
  • Innovation
  • Export
  • Outstanding Achievement
  • Partnership with the NHS: Primary Care
  • Partnership with the NHS: Acute Care
  • Partnership with the NHS: Digital Healthcare
  • Partnership with Academia
  • Beacon for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare
The event takes place Wednesday 7 March 2018 at The Lowry Hotel, Manchester.
The deadline for entries is Friday 19 January 2018.

Innovation Exchange

We are delighted to be working with Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health and Science Network on an improved Innovation Exchange.
The Innovation Exchange provides an online forum for colleagues across the healthcare sector to share ideas, innovative solutions, projects and products to improve patient care.
If you feel you have a solution that should be on the Innovation Exchange, or want to contact any of the companies behind the fantastic solutions, please register.

In the news...

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF)
NPIF, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, has achieved a number of significant milestones over the last three months, owing to the strong momentum generated across the region. Having been a part of its development from the beginning, it has been exciting to see NPIF being effectively utilised to make a real difference to businesses in the North.
NPIF approaches £20million mark
The £400million Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund is set to celebrate another milestone after investing almost £20million in high-growth businesses across the Northern Powerhouse region.

Health Innovation survey

Businesses are asked to take part in a survey about the barriers to deploying innovations into the NHS. The survey is run by a think tank company, Public, who also provide support to companies working in health tech. By taking part you will also have the chance to be featured in Public’s HealthTech 25 2017.
Take part here.
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