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Processes and systems

There are several useful business support schemes and grants that can be used to improve internal processes and systems, leading to greater efficiency and productivity.

Digital Upscaler

For SMEs who are looking to grow by investing in new technologies and who are struggling to understand those technologies and how to move forward.

It’s delivered by the East Midlands Chamber Commerce and enables local businesses to gain the knowledge, investment and capacity they need to scale-up by embracing new technologies.

The project is available to a limited number of ambitious scaling businesses and provides a programme of specialist digital support through business advisers, events, consultancy, grants and a technology forum.

Find out more on the Digital Upscaler website. 

Business Investment Fund

This is from D2N2, they have a grant fund that is aimed towards business productivity and efficiency projects.

They have grants between £3,500 and £20,000, up to a maximum of 35% of eligible project costs. The fund supports businesses looking to make a step-change in their business with projects that will improve productivity, efficiency or result in job creation. These may include:

  • digital developments
  • specialist consultancy such as leadership and management
  • and equipment purchases.

You can find out more on the Business Investment Fund website or contact them by:


Enscite is a partnership between University of Derby and Aston University, which is funded via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Offering a range of free business support services and people development programmes to help drive operational improvement and growth to SMEs in the aerospace, rail and automotive supply chain across the D2N2.

Find out more on the Enscite website or contact them by:

Supply Chain Consultancy

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) are offering a fully funded review of your supply chain strategy and processes. NTU’s consultants are led by Rob Johnson, former Head of Global Purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover, and he will work collaboratively with your senior management team and key staffs to provide strategic advice and planning support in supply chain procurement.

The benefits to SMEs from having an improved supply chain has never been more important, and this scheme will help you to reduce costs, improving quality and performance but most importantly developing your capacity to innovate, so that you can build sustainable pipeline.

You can find out more on the Supply Chain Consultancy website or contact them by: 

Energy for Business

This is a low-carbon innovation project and offers SME's help with product research and development, business support and capital funding.

Find out more on the Energy for Business website or contact them by:


iNET has a programme called Catalyzing Growth in which they provide specialist support, advice and funding to SMEs in manufacturing and related industries.

Support is provided in 2 ways and SMEs can get access to expertise and co-operation with university research centres and institutes. This includes access to University facilities and staff with up to 100 days’ worth of free support and Part-funding (grant) towards external costs of innovation projects.

Find out more on the iNET website or contact them by:

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