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How you can get help from Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry to keep your IT system secure

The Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry is a consortium project combining the expertise of the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Lancaster University and the University of Salford to deliver fully funded cyber security support to SME businesses in Greater Manchester.

What kind of support is available?

Over three years, with the support of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Cyber Foundry project will work with 150 local SMEs to stimulate business innovation through the application of cyber security research.


The Cyber Foundry Team will provide business and technical assistance to help you develop opportunities to make your business grow and remain safer on line. 

How do I qualify for support? 

Business must be located within Greater Manchester. Regional trading offices are eligible as long as they meet the following criteria:

• Number of employees less than 250.
• Annual turnover must be less than €50m or balance sheet less than €43m.
• Business is not more than 25% owned by another company group (unless owning group is also an SME).
• University-owned subsidiaries must not be more than 50% owned by the University.

Almost all business sectors are welcome to participate with the exception of:
• Fisheries and Aquaculture
• Processing and marketing of agricultural products
• Ship building
• Schools/school age educational establishments
• Insurance Companies
• Primary productions, coal or steel, synthetic fibres
• Banking
• Nuclear industries

The project is administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

For more information about GM Cyber Foundry, visit https://gmcyberfoundry.ac.uk/

If you would like further information please contact: brian.higgins@manchester.ac.uk directly.