Are you a Foundation Industry SME looking to reduce costs? Increase productivity?  Reduce energy or resource use?  Decarbonise your business?

Apply now to receive guidance in innovation planning and accessing the rich array of innovation support, tools and grant funding available to UK companies

Apply by 30th May to secure your place

Foundation industries

Transforming Foundation Industries – Success through innovation will assist 18 Foundation Industry SMEs to increase their ability to achieve productivity gains, save energy and reduce emissions and access the support and grants available to implement change. Find out how we can help your business.

About the programme

The programme presents a fantastic opportunity for 18 Foundation Industry SMEs to be supported over 7 months to build innovation capabilities and engage with available support. The project is open to Foundation Industry SMEs in sectors principally concerned with manufacturing core materials.

Support available

1

Guidance as to what support, tools and funding can be accessed

2

A bespoke innovation plan

3

Individual support and group workshops

4

Connections
with sources of
support

This programme will help you address the huge challenges you are facing, described in the Innovation Readiness in UK Foundation Industries report, for example:

  • International competition and the need to regrow the UK’s industrial base
  • Record energy costs
  • Achieving Net Zero by 2050
  • Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • UK’s departure from the European Union and the end of the transition period

Despite these, there are opportunities for future growth through innovation and we can help your business to take advantage of these.

Innovations could be improvements to renew, modernise, or introduce a new technology or process. Ideally these result in energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The support will help you to


Develop an innovation plan or roadmap


Start to implement your innovation plan / roadmap


Connect you to sources of innovation support and funding


Build capacity and confidence to innovate and seek support


Pursue projects to reduce emissions and energy use


Develop collaborative partnerships through supply chains and between businesses


Find opportunities for your business to network and grow

Delivery will be a mix of face-to-face workshops and webinars supplemented with one-to-one support. Workshops and webinars alone are likely to require 3-4 days commitment over the seven months plus the one to one support time.

Eligibility

To apply complete short application
form by midday on 30th May 2022.
Depending on the level of interest,
there may be a further supplementary
questionnaire to shortlist
eligible businesses.