Eco-innovation Cumbria

Businesses share innovative solutions to single-use plastic threat to environment

Watch a video of the event here

More than 30 Cumbrian businesses representing a range of sizes and sectors took part in an open innovation forum looking at challenges and solutions around single-use plastics for their businesses. This was the latest in the series of workshops and was delivered in collaboration with Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS).

“What the forum has shown is there is an incredible amount of expertise right here in Cumbria, with businesses who can help others reduce the plastic they use”, commented Phil Davies from Cumbria Action for Sustainability. “It’s given us food for thought on how we could potentially help raise awareness about the solutions on our doorstep.

“We’re fortunate to have the Eco-innovation Cumbria programme to help make the links between the businesses trying to overcome the plastic challenge and those that have or could develop the solutions.”

Speaker Justine Carruthers from Tray Bakes based in Penrith said “I was really inspired by the wealth of talent and knowledge and commitment in our County to making a difference to the use of plastics and do hope we can keep the momentum going”.

Project Manager Melanie Burton said, "It was great to work with businesses on the day to help them address this challenge and to show case some of the work we’re already doing to support innovation with local SMEs "

Those with solutions not ready for market can receive further support from the Eco-innovation Cumbria research projects supported by student researchers and academic expertise. If you’d like to discuss this opportunity get in touch with the team.

Videos of speaker sessions from the event will be posted to the website and there are plans to hold a follow up event taking a look at innovations for recycling or disposal of plastics for businesses in Cumbria. 

To contact the Eco-Innovation team, email or call 01228 888740

Open Innovation Workshop

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Eco-innovation Cumbria is a 4-year programme to help SMEs just like yours to improve efficiency, grow capacity and develop new solutions for industry. Interested? Get in touch today.

Eco-innovation Cumbria will help SMEs to:

Interested SMEs based in Cumbria should contact us by emailing or calling 01228 888740.

Upcoming innovation workshop

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Want to know more?

How will the programme work in practice?

Eco-Innovation Cumbria will support SMEs in developing their eco-innovation projects, involving either:

  • In-depth and intensive one to three year assistance, provided collaboratively by experienced academics, graduate and PhD students

  • 20 day research projects provided by undergraduate students, supported by academic supervisors

Which sectors are best suited to the programme?

The project will target sectors that contribute to Environmental Sustainability, which could include, but is not limited to:

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water management
  • Waste management
  • Transport
  • Visitor economy
  • Conservation
  • Natural resources
  • Manufacturing

If you have queries about whether your organisation is eligible, please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing or calling 01228 888740.

What else does Eco-innovation Cumbria involve?

Eco-innovation Cumbria will provide a variety of free workshops and events around Cumbria to explore innovation challenges across multiple sectors, including:

  • Key note lectures to expand knowledge and stimulate divergent thinking in an informal setting
  • One day thematic workshops to explore a range of real and theoretical challenges around innovation
  • Open innovation forums enabling inter-company cooperation around Research & Development, sharing knowledge and experience for mutual benefit
  • Annual overnight residential events to provide an environment in which to share solutions and enable effective problem solving
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Grow your idea

If you are interested in finding out more, get in touch today to discuss the eligibility of your business with one of our team.

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Student internships – application form for students

Paid opportunities are advertised on the University of Cumbria Jobshop

Search using keyword ‘Cumbria’.

Please use this application form and follow the instructions to apply for any of the advertised internships with local businesses.

Application Form

The programme is led by the University of Cumbria, partnering with Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire, and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)