Accenture has become the third organisation to launch an Innovate Manchester challenge as part of the 2022 programme.

The workshops, designed to encourage local SMEs to work together and find fresh ideas and solutions to challenges faced by local businesses, are part of the GC Business Growth Hub project, which supports growth and works to increase employment in Greater Manchester.

The new 2022 programme launched in September 2022 will run until January 2023, bringing together large organisations, Greater Manchester SMEs and academics with the dedicated and ongoing support of MIDAS and the GC Business Growth Hub.

Accenture is an international professional services company, specialising in information technology services & consulting. It has over 725,000 employees globally, with 15,000 in the UK and Ireland and 1,300 in the North West, but now they are looking to expand this presence.

For this challenge, Accenture is looking for a partner who can help them build a sense of community among their employees in the Northwest region as they operate in geographically diverse project teams.

As Accenture seeks to expand its presence in the region, it also has a strategic goal to increase community interaction between employees.

As Accenture already offer work-based events and initiatives, their preferred approach is to offer employees the chance to connect on interests outside of the workplace. Ideally, they would like an online platform to drive in-person activity.

Accenture hopes to use gaming techniques, automation and leading UX to increase team engagement within the region and is looking for SMEs who are open to collaborating and have significant expertise in team engagement and online platform development to bring together employees.

Specifically, they do not want a knowledge exchange, portal, recognition, or performance solution – Accenture need an engagement solution that the community can manage and that empowers employees through a platform to connect with each other.

Greater Manchester-based SMEs interested in providing a solution to Accenture are invited to an innovation workshop on Tuesday 6th December at Manchester Technology Centre.

The workshop will include representatives from Accenture, a select number of SMEs, specialists in this field from GC Business Growth Hub, MIDAS and Greater Manchester’s universities.

The workshop will also feature a panel discussion and Q&A session with the opportunity to learn more and speak directly to representatives from Accenture.

 Following the workshop, Accenture will shortlist SMEs to pitch for the project and those selected will receive pitch support from GC Business Growth Hub Specialist Advisors and key academics in the field of employee engagement and the development of online platforms.


Please see the SME brochure for more information on the Innovate Manchester programme and eligibility criteria.

For more information, please contact Katherine Barr:

Please sign up to register to attend the workshop. You may be asked to provide further information before having your place confirmed.


Innovate Manchester 

Innovate Manchester and other GC Business Growth Hub projects are part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the GC Business Growth Hub project designed to help ambitious SME businesses achieve growth and increase employment in Greater Manchester. The Hub is also supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester local authorities.