Innovation 4 Growth fund launches in Swindon & Wiltshire

By Anita Jaynes on 19 April, 2021

Small and medium sized enterprises across Swindon and Wiltshire can now access grants of up to £40,000 thanks to a new programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Delivered by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Innovation 4 Growth is open to research and development projects from all sectors, creating new products, new services, and new jobs in the region. The programme is offering grants of £10,000 – £40,000 to fund 35% of total project costs.

In addition to the grant funding, Innovation 4 Growth offers high quality support and training to help make ambitions for innovation a reality.

Professor Martin Boddy, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at UWE Bristol, said, “UWE Bristol is proud to be supporting SMEs in Swindon and Wiltshire. This programme aims to support companies to realise their potential through innovation and R&D. The Innovation 4 Growth programme in the West of England has supported hundreds of companies, giving out £1.5m of grants and created 130 jobs. We are excited to be able to bring Innovation 4 Growth to Swindon & Wiltshire and look forward to working with the region’s SMEs.”

Paddy Bradley, CEO of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, added, “SMEs are the beating heart of our local economy and we welcome this effective grant funding programme to the area. Targeting innovation through funding research and development programmes will help elevate our region through job creation, skills development and new to market products. I am looking forward to seeing the work that comes out of this exciting programme.”

Applications close at midday on Wednesday 16th June 2021. To register your interest for an application form and one-to-one support visit: www.innovation4growth.co.uk or email: innovation4growth@uwe.ac.uk

The programme will also host a series of free training workshops for SMEs in Swindon and Wiltshire to support them to develop innovative products, processes, technologies, and services. The workshops will be suitable for SMEs at any stage that want to innovate and grow their businesses. To be the first to hear about the confirmed dates, register at www.innovation4growth.co.uk