£6 million scheme helps innovative companies develop digital products and
Successfully welcomed services in a secure online manner, with new numbers emerging
More than 130 companies have benefited from it so far.
The Manchester Cyber Foundry leads four companies in the North West
Universities to help small and medium-sized businesses innovate and grow
Defend their data, systems and programs from cyber attacks.
The initiative, launched in 2018, brings together experts from
Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester, University
Salford and Lancaster University to share their expertise with companies via a
A range of sectors, from energy, digital, information technology and employment to manufacturing,
Healthcare, property management and marketing.
In partnership with the GM Cyber Foundation, the companies conduct research and
Development projects fully funded by European Regional Development
Fund and other agencies.
So far, 134 companies have attended workshops and knowledge sessions for
Explore ways to use cybersecurity techniques and technologies to protect
Processes, systems, product development and services including secured
Business management applications and tools.
Of those, 45 more received technical support from a university to
push their plans forward. Support has included security audits and source code
Reviews, web application development, augmented reality, blockchain research, and
Development projects, data analytics and visualization.
Working with the GM Cyber Foundation Team Has Finally Made Businesses
Introduce and bring in 24 new products, systems or processes into their own business
14 new products and services to market and improve efficiencies through automation
Manual operations or upgrade user experience.
This includes a new tool for corporate risk self-assessment, and an app to support it
Athletes in their training, software and cloud services for a digital agency that works
With healthcare clients to reduce missed appointments.
The range of initiatives also created new jobs in a number of countries
business, while companies provided practical experience to students and
Alumni of the four universities participating in the GM Cyber Foundation to help
Identify more opportunities.
The GM Cyber Foundation is now recruiting for its next category, which will begin in March.
Roxana Lawton, MMU Founding Fellow, GM Project Leader
Cyber Foundation said: “The transformation to the digital world brings with it new challenges, from
Protecting data against cyber attacks and security breaches by new regulators
requirements, as companies strive to grow through innovation and improvement
Current systems and processes.
The strength of four Northwest Universities working in partnership and cooperation
With small and medium businesses across Greater Manchester a major advantage of GM Cyber
Foundry model, resulting in the creation of products and services that have the Internet
Security is at the heart of the design, leading to new and improved revenue streams
Security of existing assets.
“I am really proud of what we have achieved through our partnership with SMEs.
We have succeeded in ensuring that cyber security is part of the business fundamentals
“As we reach the final stage of the GM Cyber Foundation project, we have one
More cohort to recruit, so I would urge SMEs across Greater Manchester to join
Touch to secure place”.
Among those taking advantage of the GM Cyber Foundation is dBx Acoustics, who is from Manchester-
Audio based consultancy that works with clients including architects and
Concert halls on projects where sound can be an issue.
Director Susanne Witterick said: “Working with the Internet Foundry in Greater Manchester
It was a great experience that helped us learn the ways we can
Improve our business with new software to make writing our reports faster and more
“We approached the GM Cyber Foundation with a vague idea, and came up with it
Something that was usable in our daily life and gave us what we needed
Support its further development in the future. I would definitely recommend
a program. Technical assistance provided more than I expected.”
Companies wishing to join the following group must apply via: