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LCR4 START is part by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

LCR4 START is a new initiative supporting Liverpool City Region SME business leaders and companies to gain a competitive edge through the development of practical strategies for effective digital adoption.

Are you a small-to-medium sized enterprise in the Liverpool City Region, looking to adopt new and effective digital strategies within your business? Are you aiming to be more flexible and reactive to opportunities that will lead to increased productivity and improved competitiveness?

As the world continues to transform, it is vital that businesses keep up with the ever-evolving technological advancements around us in order to achieve their full potential. That’s where LCR4 START comes in.

LCR4 START is a part European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded initiative, offering fully funded business support to qualifying SMEs in the Liverpool City region. Regardless of your understanding of the digital world, the project welcomes SMEs in any industry sector. All that is required is that you are ready to adopt and fully leverage the benefits of digital strategy within your business.

The project aims to bring the expertise and industrial experience of four Liverpool City Region research centres to provide understanding as to the benefits of digital innovation to establish an efficient and attractive workplace. LCR4 START aims to improve productivity, gain businesses access to new markets and create higher-level jobs within your company.

We will help you to identify opportunities to develop and deploy digital technologies; in turn, you will unlock business gains, growth and a competitive edge as a more modern organisation. Financially, engagement with the project will have a long-term impact on savings and, if appropriate, qualifying SMEs can unlock further funding from the ERDF.

Wondering if you’re eligible? Provided you’re…

  • Operating a small-to-medium sized enterprise of less than 250 employees
  • Within the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St. Helens, Sefton and the Wirral)
  • With a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m in a financial year

How to contact LCR4 START

Email with a brief summary of information about yourself and your SME, and we’ll get you started on the digital transformation of your business strategy.

LCR4 START is a part European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded business support programme, being led by pioneers in industrial digital transformation, the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC).

Delivered in partnership with Growth Platform, Liverpool John Moores University, Sensor City and Science and Technology Facilities Council, vital guidance is provided from a collaborative community of expert research centres.