University project offers fast-track to market with top tips on innovation.

Posted on 16th September 2018


The ERDF funded Innovation to Commercialisation (I2C) project, delivered by the University of Chester, is among the many initiatives being showcased at next month’s Chester Business Show. Organisations from across the North West are attending the one day event, being held at Chester Racecourse on October 4. The show is bringing together experts who can provide solutions to any business issue and who will be happy to offer hints, tips and advice to attendees.

Over 400 delegates are expected at the free-to-attend event, which offers great networking opportunities with peers and experts, along with access to seminar sessions, workshops and the exhibition area. Attendees will be able to learn tips and techniques for best practice, while gaining insights into emerging trends and how to get ahead of the competition.

Paul Vernon, sponsor of the I2C project and CEO at Thornton Science Park, where it is based, said: “Anyone seeking ways to facilitate introducing innovation to their business and turning it into a commercial reality should seek out I2C at the Chester Business Show. It’s an ideal opportunity for SMEs from the region to talk to our team of experts about successful new project development, from concept generation through to commercialisation.”

Anyone interested should go to for more information on registering for free and signing up for a variety of seminar sessions.


Note to Editors:

  • Innovation to Commercialisation (known as I2C) is an ERDF funded project, delivered by University of Chester, which supports new product, process and service development and innovation for SMEs.
  • The project has received up to £1,953,616 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.
  • Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, I2C helps eligible SMEs to introduce innovation to their organisations and bring new products, processes and services effectively to the firm and market
  • Along with I2C’s own team of engineers and specialist equipment, the project also offers SMEs access to the University of Chester’s facilities and specialist equipment. If you are an SME registered or trading within Cheshire and Warrington area, with less than €50 million turnover, fewer than 250 employees, and if you comply with other eligibility criteria like State Aid and Sector, you can apply to I2C. Go to for more information.