Catalysing Growth

Now closed, this project was part funded by ERDF to support SMEs in the Transport Equipment Manufacturing (TEM) sector in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire



Led by the College of Engineering and Technology, University of Derby in partnership with The iNet at Loughborough University, Catalysing Growth for Transport Equipment Manufacturing supported SMEs to accelerate their development and implementation of new products, processes and services and to work with UK research institutes. The programme ran from July 2016 through to June 2019.

Over the course of the project The iNet at Loughborough University supported 51 SMEs with £729,000 of ERDF funding. Support included:

  • 31 grant recipients
  • 8 short term non-financial support (research and collaboration)
  • 4 long term collaborations
  • 11 new jobs
  • 13 new to firm products
  • 2 new to market products
  • £728k private sector investment

For details of the University of Derby's support in the project please click here

Businesses had to be engaged in the general area of transport equipment manufacturing and/or associated supply chains and be based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership area (D2N2 LEP)

The support included a mixture of:

  1. Fully funded access to expertise and co-operation with university research centres and institutes
    1. This included access to University of Derby facilities and staff with up to 100 days worth of support
  2. Part-funding (grant) towards external costs of innovation projects

SME Support - Main points to note

Support included one or more of the following:

  • Review of company research, innovation and development needs a company review to help develop innovation and growth plans

  • Identifying and signposting to appropriate research institutes for research and innovation collaborations – to enable progress of plans

  • 2 days of research work carried out by our internal researcher

  • Fully funded access to support and facilities from University of Derby and Loughborough University – different levels of assistance depending on the company’s needs

  • Part-funding towards external costs relating to company based innovation projects – via simplified application process

  • Part-funded collaboration with research institutes across the UK 

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