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Bradford Northern Max programme goes virtual

A business support programme for digital and technology firms in Bradford is switching to virtual delivery due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Northern Max 3, which is in its third year, will now be delivered online, and technology-oriented companies less than three years old are invited to take part. 

The free business support programme will take place over ten weeks, starting on 23 April. It includes one-to-one mentoring alongside workshops and masterclasses led by experienced business coaches. Topics covered will include preparing a business plan, setting targets, profiling target customers and marketing. There will also be a focus on helping companies exploit opportunities when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, as well as an opportunity to pitch for potential investment at the end of the programme. 

The aim of Northern Max is to enable companies in the digital sector to grow and develop the reputation of Bradford and the Leeds City Region as a hub for the technology community. Forty companies have received Northern Max support since the programme started in 2018. 

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “As part of our aim to be the UK’s fastest growing economy in the next decade, we are committed to supporting our businesses with programmes like Northern Max.  

“Now more than ever, we need to ensure our small businesses get the support they need, so  they are prepared to drive growth as we recover from the effects of COVID-19. That’s why we are moving this fantastic support programme online to make sure that nobody misses out. 

“I am delighted to see exciting young companies and entrepreneurs being given access to business support like this. Programmes like Northern Max, which are delivered by industry specialists, will give businesses the crucial support network they need and that will ultimately benefit Bradford and the wider region as we emerge from the current crisis.” 

Entheos Media Group took part in the programme in 2019 and have since been able to expand their client base. Creative director Ryan Murphy said: “The programme was enormously helpful for taking our own expertise in our given field and giving us the tools necessary for transforming our skills into a functional and growing business.  

“Since our time at Northern Max, we’ve got funding, grants and have gained a bigger client base than we ever would have without it. The workshops and talks were exceptionally helpful at giving us the insight and outside-the-box thinking that allowed us to see our business in a whole new light, and allowed us reshape our business model so that we could grow exponentially.” 

Northern Max 3 will be delivered virtually by Greenborough Business Management’s 10×10 accelerator programme in partnership with Bradford Council and AD:VENTURE, a business support programme for new businesses in North and West Yorkshire funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It forms part of AD:VENTURE’s pledge to continue to support businesses using online tools despite the pandemic. 

Michelle Davis, part of the 10×10 team at Greenborough, said: “We are thrilled to be selected as the delivery partner for Northern Max 3. 10×10 is passionate about helping firms to grow through our bespoke business accelerator programme and wrap-around support.  

“The workshops will be engaging, interactive and relevant to businesses needing to make the most of commercial opportunities as the economy recovers from the effects of COVID-19. The 10×10 team have great experience of delivering programs remotely and are looking forward to making a difference to businesses from Bradford and the wider Leeds City Region.” 

For more details on the Northern Max 3 programme, visit https://ad-venture.org.uk/northernmax3/. 

Northern Max boosting Bradford Tech and Digital Start-Ups!

What

Named as the best city in the UK to start a business in 2017* and with ambitions to build on its industry and sector strengths to drive innovation, increase productivity and create wealth, Bradford has a lot to shout about, not least the support it offers to young companies.

Following the success of the first Northern Max programme, the initiative is back, with young start-ups across the region encouraged to get involved. Registrations have already been flooding in,

Taking place from 5 February 2019, the programme will focus on growing  new talented digital companies across the region. While the objective of the programme is to enhance and expand the tech and investor community, this will also have a long-term and positive impact on the wider economy.

By providing access to innovation, investment and technical and business expertise it will enable delegates to scale their organisation quickly. Northern Max is free for eligible companies to attend and is part of the wider AD:VENTURE programme, funded through Bradford Council, regional partners and the European Regional Development Fund.

Launch of Northern Max 2
l-r Kyran Parker and Richard Sutcliffe
03.12.18

Richard Sutcliffe, Director from Agency for Good, comments: “As a relatively new business, we were looking for practical support we could access that would allow us to put our plans into action faster and bring our ambitions forward. That is why we have registered with Northern Max. We’ve heard how other young companies have been positively influenced and want to make sure that we are doing all that we can to access the guidance that we feel we need during these early stages.”

Kyran Parker, Director from Redkite Innovations, the delivery partner for the programme, comments: “We are absolutely delighted to be the delivery partner for Northern Max. RedKite Innovations is passionate about helping organisations, large and small, to grow and develop through our programme of bespoke support. Our team are looking forward to meeting with, and making a difference to, businesses from Bradford and the wider Leeds City region.”

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “We have an objective in place to be the UK’s fastest growing economy in the next decade. As well as being ambitious, we are realistic and that means that we must work with others to achieve this. Giving young companies and entrepreneur’s access to programmes like Northern Max will make all of the difference.

“Having programmes that are delivered by industry specialists and professionals gives businesses the support network they need. In turn, this allows them to expand and grow quickly, but also sustainably, so that they can share their success both now and in the future.”

Business who access the programme will have the opportunity to explore diagnostics to identify growth opportunities and set action plans. They can access one to one coaching; specialist events on key topics such as business strategy, marketing, sales and scaling a business; partnership development; HR and recruitment; operations systems and processes and guidance on accessing funding.

The programme was fully booked during the first phase, and is generating a great deal of interest. Businesses should register you interest now to avoid missing out: https://ad-venture.org.uk/northernmax2/

For more information about AD:VENTURE and the wider schedule of workshops, seminars, events and activities please visit, www.ad-venture.org.uk or call, 0845 524 0210.

Bradford to lead high tech health start-ups

Northern Max

A new Bradford-based enterprise support programme is set to attract and develop innovative health and social technology companies in the region thanks to funding from Bradford Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

The Northern MAX (short for Northern Market Access Accelerator) is an intensive development programme designed to unlock regional potential by providing innovative start-ups with the latest technological advice, product development and business modelling support.

The programme was launched at the Smart Cities World Congress, a world-leading innovation conference in Barcelona this week, putting Bradford firmly on the global health innovation map.

In January 2018, twenty firms will be enrolled on Northern MAX which will be run in Little Germany by Bradford University’s innovative Digital Health Enterprise Zone and Innov8tive Minds who have extensive global experience in delivering innovation and entrepreneurial support.

The intensive 12 week fast track ‘accelerator programme’ will assist companies with new business customer introductions, management mentoring and access to finance and investment.

Participating companies will be able to test their new products with GPs, clinicians and commissioners from NHS and private health and care providers.

Northern MAX will help the participating entrepreneurs refine their business models in order to reduce risks and improve their chances of success.

The programme will assist managers to secure finance and contracts by training them in effective pitching techniques and introducing them to valuable investors and customers.

A recent report by the government identified Bradford and Leeds as having key strengths in med-tech innovation.

Northern MAX is part of a European Regional Development Fund AD:VENTURE Business Support Programme which is designed for businesses with high growth ideas and up to three years of trading.

Applications for Northern MAX need to be submitted by 13 Dec 2017.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “This is an incredibly exciting programme for Bradford and our partners across the Leeds City Region.

“The district has strategic strengths in medical innovation and has a very strong track record in supporting and developing high tech companies so this programme presents some exciting opportunities for firms seeking to develop new health and social care technologies.”

Ian Sharp, Chief Executive, Officer of Digital Health Enterprise Zone Ltd, said: “I am very excited to be able to invite and support the most innovative early stage companies with the Northern MAX accelerator.

“This market access accelerator will help companies work through the highest risk stage of their development and prepare them for investment in their companies.”

Interested companies can find further information by visiting AD:VENTURE Northern Max