Smart Innovation & Networking for Growth (SING)

Now closed, this project was part-funded by ERDF and supported SMEs to improve existing products or develop new products, processes and services.



Managed by The iNet and based at Loughborough University SING allowed SMEs to accelerate their development and implementation of new products, processes and services, as well as work with UK research institutes . The programme ran from October 2016 through to December 2019.

In that time the project supported 128 SMEs with £964,000 of ERDF funding. This included:

  • 44 grant recipients
  • 28 short term non-financial support (Research and collaboration)
  • 8 long term collaborations
  • 24 new jobs
  • 31 new to firm products
  • 15 new to market products
  • £953k private sector investment

Businesses were based in Leicester & Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership area (LLEP) and engaged in the general area of one of LLEP’s priority sectors:

The support included a mixture of:

  1. Fully funded access to expertise and co-operation with university research centres and institutes
  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 an enrolment meeting to discuss your innovation and growth plans
  • Identifying appropriate research institutes for research and innovation collaborations – to enable you to progress your plans

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

  • Fully funded access to support and facilities from Loughborough University

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

  • Part-funded collaboration with research institutes across the UK and further afield – this call has now closed

Download details: Sing Info Sheet

Although this project has closed, businesses in the LLEP area may also be eligible for support from some of our other projects:

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