First Northwest Europe Projects announced, and it is good news for Greater Manchester


The first round of Northwest Europe Interreg Projects (NWE) were announced in March and two projects with GM participation were among the very few selected.

Boost4Health - Business Growth Hub

Boost4Health is a €4.5m programme to promote the internationalisation of European SMEs in the field of life sciences by creating a transnational ecosystem to help SMEs accessing new markets and accelerating their growth. The project gathers academic teams, European clusters and regional economic development agencies across seven countries: BOM- Business Development and Foreign Investments and Economic Development Agency East Netherlands , and Eurasanté ID2Santé (France) Kent County Council and the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub (UK), BioRegio Stern (Germany), Biopeople – University of Copenhagen (Denmark) , University of Liège (Belgium) and Biocat (Spain). Its total budget amounts to € 4.5 million for a period of three years and four months.

Boost4Health aims to generate £20m in sales in the life sciences, a key priority growth sector for Greater Manchester. The fund will be delivered by the Business Growth Hub’s recently expanded innovation service and new sectors team, which provides business support and advice to companies working in, or diversifying into, the life science sector. The project will also develop and enhance links between the Hub’s teams and local partners including the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network, the NHS’s innovation experts Trustech, and other bioscience and life science organisations.

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Hydrogen to SMEs - Manchester Metropolitan University

Hydrogen to SMEs (H2SME), a Manchester Metropolitan University led project, was successful in stage 1 application and it is now preparing stage 2  with partners from France, Belgium and Germany.

H2SME aims to address the barriers that exist in Europe in bringing Hydrogen Fuel Cell technologies to  market.  The EU lags behind other regions of the world, particularly Asia, in terms of production, usage and export of fuel cells. The gap between policy aspirations for these technologies and actual market development in the EU will be the key focus and aspiration of this project.

H2SME will create a transnational hydrogen innovation network to enable the development of the supply chain and to facilitate cluster development across national borders. It will facilitate the development of a Hydrogen Business Growth Programme and  a Hydrogen Proof of Concept Programme, as well as opportunities for testing innovative approaches through a unique hydrogen growth voucher programme.

In Greater Manchester, the activity will complement existing SMEs sector support delivery, such as those delivered by ENWORKS/Business Growth Hub, as well as helping delivery the ambitious vision of the Greater Manchester Hydrogen Partnership.

For more info please contact Amer Gaffar