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The challenges we face

Companies, especially SMEs, can face significant challenges to introduce their new and innovative products into the NHS. The complexity of public procurement, patient safety and a risk averse culture across multiple organisations can be daunting. The Innovation Nexus aims to provide a single source of resource that can help companies, particularly SMEs, understand the steps that need to be taken to support their business planning and engage with the NHS more easily, thus progressing the adoption of their innovation at pace and with fewer unanticipated obstacles.

a fully funded intensive support programme for life science SMEs working in Greater Manchester

How can the Innovation Nexus help me?

Speak directly to a GM AHSN advisor with NHS expertise

Help with navigating NHS procurement

Information about funding and investment

Help with setting up a trial of your innovation

Information on science parks and office locations

Connect you with relevant organisations


Free industry support from NHS experts

If you are a business with an innovative product or service that you believe has the potential to benefit the healthcare market, the Innovation Nexus can give you access a network of specialist advice and support.

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Ask the Buyer

We are inviting local healthcare businesses to attend a free event where they can ask senior NHS buyers questions about supplying goods and services into the NHS.

‘Ask the Buyer’ will present the opportunity to meet and question NHS buyers from across the region, providing businesses with a unique and invaluable insight into NHS procurement.

The event aims to target companies developing or manufacturing products or services in the following areas: COPD, respiratory, cardiovascular, patient safety or digital healthcare – e.g. wearables, apps etc. Watch this video made by radio station Key 103, where our procurement advisor Nick Allen discusses what to expect from the event.

The event will also provide businesses with a platform to share their stories about accessing the NHS, which can help NHS buyers to better understand some of the major barriers companies face.

Simon Walsh, GM AHSN Strategic Procurement Advisor said:

“The Ask the Buyer event will provide a fantastic opportunity to share advice and guidance with local businesses on the supply of goods and services to the NHS. The event will also provide attendees with insight into purchasing and tendering in the NHS, including the process for becoming an NHS supplier.


“CMFT is committed to working with local businesses and suppliers. We are aware that businesses across Greater Manchester are some of the most innovative in the country, and we want to work with them to help improve services for our patients.”

The event will take place from 9.30am – 1.30pm on Tuesday 17th May at Citylabs, Ground Floor Seminar Suite, on Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9NQ.

To book your place at the event, please visit: https://askthebuyer.eventbrite.co.uk