Innovate your Business

We recognise that during these challenging times innovation is more important now than ever. That's why our team is here to help you innovate your business! 

What it is:

Innovate your Business is a programme of support to help businesses develop fresh thinking for commercial success. The support includes tailored one-to-one advice.

We want to help dynamic businesses discover what innovation can mean for their organisation. If you have a good idea that’ll make a positive difference to your business, you could qualify for support.

We can also help you with your research and development (R&D) needs. 

We can help with:

  • developing new products and services
  • improving existing processes 
  • finding new areas for your business to explore
  • developing a strategy for future innovation
  • funding

We offer a Small Innovation Grant of which the first £5,000 is fully funded. To be eligible to be considered for a grant, after working with the Innovate your Business team, applications must either offer:

  • a direct COVID-19 solution;
  • show a clear product/service/business model or process innovation to address market changes;
  • or show the business using innovation to become operational again following the downtime due to COVID-19.

Innovate your Business - how to apply

Fill out our application form to access innovation support. Please tell us as much as you can about your idea and the type of support that may help.

Apply for innovation support

Watch our innovation video for more information on our support.

What you can expect

Our innovation support includes: 

Expert Advice

Our Innovation Enquiry Service will give you access to experienced advisers who can decide on the best course of action to help you move your project forward. All advice given is completely impartial and kept strictly confidential.


Through our themed innovation workshops we can offer the opportunity to learn from innovation experts in an interactive environment, challenge your thinking and learn about what further support HIE and other partners can offer to assist you along your innovation journey.


If further support would be beneficial, we will provide you with 1-2 days of Specialist Innovation Support. Our skilled consultants will work with you to provide a detailed strategy for your project.


We offer a Small Innovation Grant of which the first £5,000 is fully funded.




It’s crucial for companies to embrace innovation if they want to remain competitive in their market.
Gillian Galloway, head of innovation, HIE