Thought to reality

Do you want to do new things in your business?  Have you got new ideas to make that happen, free cash bonus online casino but not sure how to turn them into a paid invoice?  

The new Co-Innovate programme, is a five year cross-border initiative funded by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. The programme is designed to help SMEs across the eligible regions to harness their ideas to: 

  • Work smarter 

  • Equip you for future challenges 

  • Add value to your business 

  • Stand out from the competition 

  • Boost your bottom line 

Who can get support from the Co-Innovate Programme?  

SMEs based in Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway or the Western Highlands and Islands in the manufacturing or tradeable services sector may be eligible to take part in the programme. 

What kind of businesses are getting involved?  

Since the programme launched in August 2017, 63 businesses across D&G and Ayrshire have benefited from the programme. So far, businesses have included an IT support company,  a rum distillery and a specialist component manufacturer.  


What support is available?


Each company’s needs around innovation development will differ, so every company’s journey through the programme will be unique. Co-Innovate will give you the tools and support to help you innovate, differentiate and compete successfully. 

Support provided ranges from free workshops, to innovation audits and one-to- one expert mentoring. 

All companies who qualify will have the chance to learn about the benefits of innovation at one of Co-Innovate’s free tailored workshops. The workshops will demystify innovation and help you understand how it can drive your business forward. There will also be some sector specific workshops for companies in the renewables, agri-food, and life and health sciences sectors. 

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Companies that have received support at Co-Innovate workshops will benefit from one-to-one business assessments, aimed at helping them create a tailored delivery plan. Companies who go on to complete assessments, will be selected to take part in advanced programme supports. These advanced supports are designed to help develop detailed innovation delivery plans: bringing ideas to fruition.  


Give me an example!  

iD2 of Dumfries and Galloway attended one of the first Introduction to Innovation sessions in Dumfries. The company are developing apps which have the potential to significantly improve health and safety and regulatory compliance in the merchant navy. To date, the company have completed their business assessments.  The process has really helped the company to reflect on its capabilities and identify where their strengths and weaknesses lie. The company is now looking to secure expert support and potentially funding for a project manager to help develop on their current weaknesses to ensure their innovative ideas turn quickly into a paid invoice.  

Jennefer Tobin, Managing Director, iD2, said:  “The Co-Innovate programme offers us enthusiastic and collaborative support – and it’s definitely stimulated our own thinking on innovation at ID2.”