Butters Innovation is a NW based product innovation consultancy with an extensive track record in working with clever people. We help to develop their ideas, breakthrough scientific discoveries and market intelligence. We have a passion for innovating and commercialising.

We are focused on “using innovation to boost growth and profits”.

Our client list is a Who’s Who of scientific and high tech spin-out companies, and Jonathan Butters heads up the team, with over 20 years in design and innovation consultancy and 10 years in international engineering.

Butters Innovation is a classic mix of creativity and scientific exploration. We employ an Open Innovation approach to seize success from the potentially disruptive effects and risks of being innovative. Our stages of engagement include: Insight, Diligence, Development, Validation and Commercialisation.


“Innovation and Design are processes and should be used strategically to boost growth and profits. Great results are produced by diagonal thinking where experience, insight, knowledge and imagination work on the problem in hand. And the proof is in the pudding, so we use our previous case studies to demonstrate our winning approach.”
Jonathan Butters
Principal Consultant



Over 20 years of commercial experience in innovation consultancy, product design, co-design, sustainable design, human-centred design and design for manufacture, underpinned with sophisticated 3D CAD modelling and rapid prototyping.

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“Jonathan Butters is recommended for: Healthcare, Manufacturing and Product Development. An excellent and creative designer with a strong, practical engineering focus”.
Nigel Burns
CEO, Independence Telecare Ltd

“Highly recommended for: Professional Services, Manufacturing, FMCG, Manufacturing, Product Development and Early Stage Pre-Revenue Projects. Jonathan made our prototype to a very high standard in the time scale he said he would. He gave great advice and answered all our questions. He kept me informed right the way through and responded very quickly to my emails. All in all I am so pleased I chose Jonathan to work with I highly recommend him”.
Sherie Wharton
CEO, Roll-i-Tan Ltd

“Jonathan and his team delivered great concept design and manufacture of prototypes within very short timescales. Always very responsive we delivered a complex medical device within 6 weeks - class leading by any standards ! I would not hesitate to recommend him as a source of high value add design.”
John Fuller, CEO, LoadSwift International

"The RNLI had a significant challenge to overcome to deliver a first class product to a sector of the maritime market that is particularly vulnerable and at risk….This equipment also required a specific ergonomic study to design an effective user interface and the creative approach of Jonathan's team in developing the product, which is now bearing fruit through saving lives."
Peter Bradley, Staff Officer Operations, RNLI