North West Innovation Network (NWIN) is an association of organisations in the North West of England who have a major focus on supporting innovation in the region. It has been in operation since 1999, initially known as the North West Science Park Network (NWSPN).

NWIN has over 20 member organisations focused around the provision of facilities and business support to high-tech SME businesses, it includes:  

  1. All the major science parks and incubators in the region
  2. Key business support organisations such as UK Trade and Investment, TrusTech, and the Mersey Dee Alliance
  3. Organisations focused on innovation such as the National Nuclear Laboratory.

The science park and incubator members provide a home and innovative business environment to over 900 companies in the region. These companies employ nearly 9000 people. The companies are predominantly technology companies and SME businesses, covering sectors such as advanced engineering, biomedical, digital/ICT/creative, energy and environmental technology.

NWIN provides the following services to its members on a free of charge basis:

  • Informal networking with similar organisations
  • Sharing of best practise in the facilitation of innovative, business envrionments
  • Provision of information on relevant programmes and funding for technology-focused SMEs located in the region and specifically at NWIN member locations
  • A forum for members to engage with relevant public and private sector organisations who provide relevant innovation opportunities for technology-focused SMEs in the region

Organisations wishing to join NWIN should contact the NWIN Secretary, Colin McLaughlin, at c.i.mclaughlin@lancaster.ac.uk. All applications will be reviewed by the NWIN members.

NWIN is formally but not legally constituted, with an agreed set of objectives and elected Officers. It
meets in various member locations several times per year. The Network operates over the whole NW Region from Chester and Runcorn in the South to Westlakes in Cumbria in the North.