Previous Funded Programmes
£5.9M InfoLab21 Strategic Innovation Support (ISIS) was part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (50%) and Lancaster University and ran from 2009 – 2014.
The ISIS project provided bespoke Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) throughout the Northwest region. The project aim was to raise the level of ICT investment across the region, impacting on process efficiency and productivity. Prohibitive cost and access to expertise were identified as a barrier to investment by SMEs.
Through the project, 365 SMEs were assisted (168 of those were in Lancashire), creating 318 new jobs (185.25 Lancashire), safeguarding 1044.4 jobs (580.5 Lancashire), 305 improved GVA and/or new or improved products, processes or services (142 Lancashire). Support included software development delivered through the first Lancaster University Graduate Academy- a cohort of graduate level programmers, supervised by experienced Software Engineers, postgraduate consultancy, summer placement programme, and workshops. Projects were typically around 100 – 150 hours with solutions ranging from simple early e-commerce websites and desktop solutions to sophisticated database-driven web applications and mobile applications.
The £2.4M InfoLab21 Strategic Technology Exploitation Programme (ISTEP) was part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (50%) and Lancaster University and ran from January 2010 – December 2013.
The aim of ISTEP was to work with the digital and creative sector in the Northwest - “to identify, develop and commercially realise available technology transfer opportunities from InfoLab21’s research to maximise the facility’s contribution to the region’s GVA”.
Through the project, 175 Small and Medium Enterprises were assisted (74 of those were in Lancashire), creating 79.6 new jobs (24 Lancashire), safeguarding 219 jobs (118 Lancashire), 74 new or improved products, processes or services (38 Lancashire), and 87 business improving performance (41 Lancashire). Support included company creation services, short-term (2-5 days) and longer term (up to 2 weeks) consultancy from academics, PhD students, and ISTEP staff, and an events programme of workshops on topics ranging from mobile development to gesture based computing.