Two-day Innovation and bid writing workshop

Tues 21 & Wed 22 Sept, 09:00 – 16:30

The National Self Build and Renovation Centre, Swindon

Develop an innovative business idea at our two-day Innovation and bid writing workshop, free to SMEs in the Swindon & Wiltshire area.

As markets and conditions recover, investing in innovation is key to helping businesses future proof, grow their markets and adapt to opportunities. This intensive two-day workshop is for SMEs that are responding to new opportunities and looking to disrupt the market through innovation.

You may already have a great idea that needs developing or you are looking for some headspace to figure it out. This comprehensive two-day workshop will help you to define your proposition in terms of innovation; familiarise you with the funding landscape, develop your pitch and hone your bid writing skills.

Click below to register your interest in these fully funded training workshops, and we will send you more information and an invite to the in-person event. Don't worry if you can't make these dates, more dates are coming, register your interest in workshops to be the first to hear.

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What will you get from this workshop?

This workshop is designed for SMEs working on an innovative project. We will help you to articulate your innovation projects and take your ideas to the next stage.

We will:

  • Introduce you to the fundamentals of bringing innovation into your business.
  • Give you practical innovation tools to help you generate creative ideas, evaluate and test them for your business.
  • Help you understand how innovation projects can be funded and how to write winning bids.
  • Give you the confidence, practical skills and techniques to pitch your idea.

The sessions are designed to be interactive, with participants working in small collaborative groups and engaging in peer-to-peer learning.

The workshop is tried and tested, following positive feedback from the Innovation and bid writing workshop recently run for SMEs in the West of England, our Swindon & Wiltshire team are joining with other local experts to deliver this workshop in Swindon.

"Thanks for a really valuable course which was packed with insight”

Beth Môrafon, VisitMôr

"A fantastic course, great networking and support, well run, friendly, extremely worthwhile”

Jenny Dance, Phona

Is this two-day workshop for you?

This workshop is designed to be relevant for SMEs, start-ups or small charities that are developing innovative ideas and looking to turn these ideas into successful new products or services. Aimed at business owners and senior managers, this would suit those that want to develop their narrative and are working towards further funding and investment.

This in-person workshop is funded by the ERDF and is free to SMEs in Swindon & Wiltshire. Places are limited to 20 SMEs and because places are limited, we request that you commit to the full programme.


Doors open at 9:00 for coffee and networking. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm-13:30pm.

Day 1 Tuesday 21 Sept:

9:30 – 10:30: Intrapreneurship - creating an intrapreneurial mindset for growth with Shane Moore

10:30 – 14:30: (including an hour break for lunch): Innovation and Ideation: how to solve your challenges with Aimee Skinner

14:30 – 16:30: The Innovation Narrative: Pitching your idea with Lucy Paine

Day 2 Wednesday 22 Sept:

9:30 – 12:30: Introduction to Funding & Investment with Mark Corderoy

13:30 – 16:30: How to write an innovation funding bid with Alan Gould

Please note

This event is funded by the ERDF for the benefit of SMEs in the Swindon & Wiltshire Region. Your attendance at this event will count towards State Aid and by participating you are agreeing to ERDF business support and the accompanying documentation.