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.”
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.