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FIFTY ambitious businesses in the region are being offered the chance to benefit from an intensive three-year programme of funded research and development.

Scientists and knowledge exchange experts at Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool are set to lead a new Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE) which will bolster the region’s economy in key export markets and drive forward improvements in green technology and services. Developed in partnership with Inventya Ltd at the Daresbury Science and Innovation campus, the eco innovation centre will receive £4.9m of funds from the European Regional Development Fund’s North West operational programme.

Fifty businesses will receive significant research and development investment in the range of £130,000 over three years to grow their business and unlock the global market potential for green products and services.

The virtual centre will also provide more than 285 regional companies with expert help to develop new, greener products and services resulting in significant savings in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, water, waste and energy.

Working with businesses across a range of sectors including chemicals, environmental technologies, digital and high value manufacturing, the centre aims to deliver a significant number of new jobs to the region making a measurable contribution to the region’s economic recovery.

More than 50 graduates will be recruited between the two universities, who will work on a range of research and development projects in partnership with business.

The graduates will use these collaborations as the basis of a PhD programme of study.

Businesses interested in taking part should go to www.cgeinnovation.org.