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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.

Nottingham University's Productivity Through Innovation

This is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and provides businesses with tailored support for meaningful and sustainable productivity improvements to increase turnover, competitiveness and profitability.>

SMEs can get up to 4 fully-funded 200 hour postgraduate placements, 5 days of consultancy from academic experts for technical interventions including help with prototyping and testing, and a 30% grant towards the salary of a graduate for up to 12 months, plus funding towards any bespoke collaborative research carried out by a postgraduate student and supervised by an academic.

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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:

The Manufacturing Growth Programme

The Manufacturing Growth Programme provides business support around consultancy to assist SME sized manufacturers who are trading and who can show an intention to grow.

It’s being delivered by Economic Growth Solutions and SME’s will be able to access some capital funding to help pay towards 1/3 of agreed project costs up to a maximum of £10K.

This programme is designed to help manufacturers to identify their own growth needs, create practical action plans and help them move forwards. You can find out more on The Manufacturing Growth Programme website or contact regional manager David Caddle by

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