Support for manufacturing innovation
If you think that manufacturing innovation might allow you to improve your business performance, there are many sources of help and advice in the public and commercial sectors.
The following organisations offer a range of support in this area, including:
- training and financial advice
- technological assistance
- resource-sharing with other businesses undertaking innovation initiatives
Invest Northern Ireland (NI) - provides a wide-ranging support service to businesses in Northern Ireland. Read about Invest NI's support for developing products and services.
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) - offers help and advice to businesses. Find out about the EEN in Northern Ireland.
Business incubators - these nurture new companies by providing premises along with business, financial and technological support. See more on UK Business Incubation.
UK Government and European Union schemes - these encourage manufacturing through a range of official initiatives, partnerships and programmes.
Business networks, trade associations and professional bodies - these provide a useful source of information and best practice. Examples include the Chambers of Commerce, Trade Association Forum, the Confederation of British Industry, the Engineering Employers' Federation and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Training providers - these can develop innovative thinking and practices.
Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) schemes - these help to identify universities and research organisations with expertise relevant to a project that your business is undertaking. Read more about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
Engineering departments in universities - these can offer specialist information and advice. Find out how to work with UK universities and colleges.