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Our Vision

We are passionate about equipping and supporting SMEs to defend, innovate and grow their business and see Lancashire become digitally stronger.

Who are we?

 

The Lancashire Cyber Foundry (LCF) has been created to share the expertise of Lancaster University with regional businesses to prepare businesses across Lancashire for the digital future. LCF draws on best practice from our other cyber projects, the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry, which supports SMEs in Greater Manchester, and shares the same principles of sharing expertise to help defend, innovate and grow businesses.

 

LCF is run by the Science and Technology Partnerships and Business Engagement Team at Lancaster University. The Science and Technology Partnerships and Business Engagement Team’s mission is to develop and sustain internal and external partnerships with students, researchers, knowledge exchange professionals, industry and public/ private sector organisations. Our team not only delivers economic value to the university in terms of the income we generate, circa £75.5m in the last 5 years, but also has social, economic and environmental impacts across the region in terms of the student placements facilitated, the organisations we work with, the products we help develop, and the jobs we help create.

 

 

Infolab 21

 

The School of Computing and Communications, based in InfoLab21, is our world-class teaching and research hub for computer science and communications systems.

 

Read more about the SCC

 

Security Lancaster

 

Security Lancaster and the EPSRC awarded Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, delivers research and education that innovates and creatively challenges the way that individuals, organisations and societies secure and protect themselves.

 

Read more about Security Lancaster

 

The Faculty of Science and Technology

 

We pride ourselves on the depth, the range and the quality of our research. From breaking new ground in astrophysics to cyber security, our staff are active in their specialist areas.

 

Read more about the Faculty of Science and Technology

What do we do?

 

At LCF we are passionate about seeing SMEs release new products, grow in size and revenue, and collaborate more with research at Lancaster University. Having been business owners and managers ourselves we understand the pressures on SMEs and how hard it can be to keep running whilst innovating against aconstantly changing landscape. We’ve developed a two- part programme to support SMEs in Lancashire to better position themselves to defend, innovate and grow.

 

Business strategy support

 

The business strategy programme is a blend of two full-day workshops, online learning and one-to-one bespoke business support.

 

Read more about our business strategy support

 

Digital innovation support

 

Our team of professional software engineers are at the ready to support your business ideas to help your business grow. 

 

Read more about our digital innovation support

How do we do it?

 

Defend

 

We’ll help to teach you how to defend your business from cyber-attacks and be compliant to regulations such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), making it safer for you, your supply chain, and your customers to do business together.

 

Innovate

 

We’ll review your current systems with you, make recommendations and give you the tools and specialist expertise you need to innovate within your sector.

We offer expert innovation advice and guidance, providing businesses with expert knowledge and highly specialised and technical skills to innovate and improve performance.

 

Grow

 

We’ll remove the concerns in digital areas that might compromise your growth, and raise your technical confidence in new areas of technology, so you can focus on developing and expanding your business.

We can help your business transform ideas into new digital products, processes and services, and create new solutions, new strategies, improving business performance and competitiveness.

Consider:

  • Does your business process any kind of online payment and record details?
  • Does your business hold client’s personal details/sensitive data?

Consider:

  • Are you considering digitizing your business and going online or creating an app/software?
  • Is your business looking for a gateway into a government supply chain or something similar?

Consider:

  • Are you already thinking about expanding and future growth?
  • Could you benefit from improving processes and strategies or differentiating yourselves in the market?

Interested? Talk to one of the team

 

If you want to find out more about how you can welcome your digital future, contact one of our business managers. They will talk through any questions or queries you may have in addition to highlighting any other support Lancaster University has on offer.

Rebecca Robinson

Business Support and Project Manager

Gemma Collins

Business Partnerships Officer