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Technology & innovation


The following organisations provide support with implementing innovative new products, strategies or technologies:


Superfast Staffordshire - Optimising Business Broadband


The Optimising Business Broadband project has been created to help small businesses in Shropshire and Staffordshire to take advantage of the business benefits provided by new fibre optic superfast broadband infrastructure being rolled out in Shropshire and Staffordshire.


The project will be rolling out a series of support across Shropshire and Staffordshire until June 2015, including key note speaker events, face to face support, webinars and downloadable guides.

Innovation 1st

Innovation 1st (University of Wolverhampton)


An exciting project that assists small organisations (fewer than 250 employees) to explore business opportunities through the innovative use of technology. Companies are able to use the various cutting edge devices, discuss opportunities with advisors who have industry knowledge and experience and explore new and innovative product ideas.


Organisations are also able to trial software that might be new to them, in a supportive environment, to identify ways in which their business may benefit from the adoption of enhanced technology.

Growth Accelerator


Part of the Business Growth Service.


GrowthAccelerator will help you get to the heart of the barriers that are holding your business back. You’ll work with 'Growth through Innovation' if you and your Growth Manager agree that an innovation strategy is key to addressing your barriers and business issues, and will allow you to enter your next phase of business growth.


Through coaching supported by masterclasses, you’ll begin to identify and prioritise what your business must focus on to get further ahead.


Your coaching sessions will be led by your Growth Coach, an innovation expert who will be matched with your business needs by your Growth Manager.

Staffordshire Business Innovation Centre (BIC)


Staffordshire BIC is part of a European network of over 160 organisations which assist businesses and individuals to evaluate and develop inventions, innovations and technology related issues.


They can help:

  • Inventors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Small and medium sized businesses
  • By providing advice on new product and new business ideas
  • Through the provision of seminars and workshops to encourage innovation and New Product Development
  • By sourcing UK and European grants for funding and innovation
  • Through the provision of incubation workspace and grow on accommodation combined with on-site business facilities, advice and support.

Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS)


Part of the Business Growth Service.


Specifically for manufacturing businesses, MAS can help you generate and realise new ideas, identify new market opportunities, consider new materials, products and processes.


They can provide a free review of your business and identify priority areas for development. They can then support you with sourcing funding and evaluating the project on completion.

Design Leadership Programme


Part of the Business Growth Service.


A subsidised programme from the Design Council offering up to 10 days of design and innovation-focused mentoring over a period of 6-18 months.


The programme and costs are different for each business.

Most programmes cost between £2,000 and £10,000, and if your application is successful you’ll receive a subsidy which means you’ll only have to pay 50% of the cost.

Research and Development Relief for Corporation Tax


Research and Development (R&D) Relief is a Corporation Tax (CT) relief that may reduce your company or organisation's tax bill.


Your company may be able to claim for R&D Relief if an R&D project seeks to achieve an advance in overall knowledge or capability in a field of science or technology through the resolution of scientific or technological uncertainty. See the HMRC website for more information.



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