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Would you like to be recognised as one of the region's most pioneering businesses?


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In January 2022 we will begin searching for 10 innovative and ambitious local businesses that can be true Pioneers in their low carbon markets. Our Business Awards will give our Pioneers a boost of recognition and support to get their new ideas off the ground and their growing businesses to the next stage.

As well as receiving expert one-to-one coaching, our top Pioneer will receive:

  • Free office space at Stockport Business & Innovation Centre for 12 months
  • A £5,000 match-funded award, to be used for prototype development in collaboration with the local University network
    • This award will help the top Pioneer to progress their innovative Low Carbon development through to prototype/commercialisation stages
  • Oxford Innovation to provide tickets to a ‘business event of their choice’ up to the value of £500
  • Additional business support from the Pioneer 10 supporting experts
    • The Low Carbon Pioneer will also receive additional business support from local businesses and supporters of the Low Carbon Pioneer10 Stockport programme

There is no cost to take part and all local businesses are eligible to apply.


Find out more about Pioneer 10

Support benefits

Pioneer 10 aims to accelerate businesses in Stockport by inspiring and supporting pioneering spirit and commercial growth. We can help your business:

  • Build unique capabilities
  • Gain a competitive edge
  • Turn innovation into commercial return

Our programme can help your business become a market leader.

Selection process

To apply to become a Low Carbon Pioneer you need to complete a short online questionnaire. The application process takes around 20 minutes. Our expert panel will assess all applications and create a shortlist based on scalability, profit potential, and relevant experience. There is then a more detailed online assessment to select the top ten. The selected Pioneer 10 will then take part in a growth programme of specialist coaching and support, leading up to a final pitch event to our panel of expert judges for the 2022 Low Carbon Pioneer10 Stockport cash & business support award.


Meet our experts

Winner's benefits

As Pioneers that progress through the Low Carbon Pioneer10 Stockport programme will have the opportunity to access:

  • Free workshops covering key business support topics

The shortlisted Pioneers will receive:

  • Free sessions with an experienced business coach to establish a business plan
  • Support to turn that plan into a pitch


Meet the previous Pioneers