The Design and Production Sector will endeavour to identify opportunities for practical assistance to SMEs.
Innovation continues to be a strength in UK engineering, design and manufacturing technologies but equally as a nation we continue to struggle to transfer this reliably into larger scale commercial opportunities for the economy. In addition to economic pressures, barriers to successful commercialisation often include the ability to sustain research and development, IP protection issues and the acute short term priorities of smaller businesses. There are countries where smaller businesses are able to cope with these pressures better and our challenge is to understand the differences apply lessons learned. Whether this is by highlighting collaborative and funding opportunities; or working with institutions such as the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the TSB to nurture key skills and provide enabling resources for SMEs, the Design & Production Sector will endeavour to identify opportunities for practical assistance.
Example Key Topic – The successful support of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to break through in innovation and economic growth
Example Key Topic – UK Competitive positioning in Design & Production: Benchmarking, International capability database.
Enter your company details into the free UKTI-CEEP capability directory
China plans to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions and improve water conservation and waste handling over the next five years offering immediate opportunities for UK companies - UKTI has identified over 14,000 Chinese companies that have specific energy saving and environmental targets that if not met will result in high penalties and fines. China is looking to the UK to help with these targets so enter your company details into the free UKTI-CEEP capability directory which the UKTI will use to promote UK businesses that can help them meet this challenge. The original brochure is closing on the 15th March however UKTI are asking that businesses continue to submit their details as the brochure will be updated.
The Technology Strategy Board together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and the Scottish Government, are to invest up to £8.75m in helping businesses develop innovative measurement technologies for efficient agri-food systems.