Supporting Local Businesses, People and Skills

Horizons is dedicated to supporting SMEs across the Liverpool City Region who want to improve their competitiveness and productivity. The programme provides practical, hands-on assistance that fosters economic growth and innovation.

Funded by the Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), Horizons is at the forefront of creating transformative opportunities for people, businesses and communities across our region. We know innovation can make a big difference, and we’re working with businesses to accelerate their progress and support long-term success.


Innovation for everyone, everywhere

Innovation should not be limited to big businesses, which is why we offer easy-to-implement solutions tailored to your business needs for bringing industry-leading innovation to life across our six boroughs, increasing their productivity and efficiencies.

We understand that innovation is unique for each business, and we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. We dive deep into understanding your business, its challenges, and aspirations. We get to know your business and the challenges you face. The result is meaningful, easy-to-implement and innovative solutions that are right for your business.

SMEs can also apply for capital grant funding to further accelerate innovation and drive long-term success across communities and businesses, supporting the upskilling of their people.

Find out how we could support your businesses to make positive changes to deliver impact and ultimately create a thriving, sustainable, resilient city region.

The programme will run throughout 2024, and participation is limited. Sign up today to register your interest.

Horizons is led by the VEC (University of Liverpool), with delivery partners Edge Hill University and Liverpool John Moores University and supported by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

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