KAN-do approach from University of Chester means commercial success

Posted on 7th May 2013

Small and medium sized businesses in Warrington are invited to join a free project to support innovation and growth at the University of Chester’s campus in Fearnhead.

The Knowledge Action Network (KAN) project, launched at the University in November 2012, brings together business owners and University expertise to explore new ideas and develop creative approaches to growth. It encourages business owners to take a critical and objective look at their companies with support from specialist speakers, University academics, individual business coaches and business peers.

The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and has already successfully supported a cohort of 15 businesses based at the University’s Main Chester Campus.

Recruitment has now started for a second cohort based at the Warrington Campus. A programme of monthly workshops and activities will start in June and continue to the end of the year, with the opportunity to network with other small and medium sized businesses across the region. 

Lorraine Calland, Director of Vale Royal Chiropractic Clinic and delegate in the Chester Knowledge Action Network group, said: “KAN has identified the need to plan and focus, has stimulated my creative side and has given me a vision for the future.”

Professor Lawrence Bellamy, University Associate Dean and Warrington Project Co-ordinator, said: “The project provides an ideal opportunity for small and medium sized businesses to work with the University and with a network of like-minded businesses on a fully funded programme of business support.”

 Businesses interested in joining the Knowledge Action Network in Warrington should contact Sion Platts-Kilburn via phone on 01244 511177 or email KnowledgeActionNetwork@chester.ac.uk