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Support for innovating your way out of the Covid-19 pandemic

Support for innovating your way out of the Covid-19 pandemic

Throughout lockdown we have remained in touch with numerous manufacturers and start-ups. Many SMEs are talking about innovation that will be needed to resolve issues caused by Covid-19 or to pursue new opportunities that may arise as countries adjust to the new normal.

Support is available to UK SMEs for a wide variety of technology areas to help assist in growth and productivity improvements as well as the development of new products, processes and services. If you need assistance with any such projects, the following organisations may be able to help:

  • Innovate UK is an innovation agency and part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the national funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. As well as funding for new projects, Innovate UK is offering a coronavirus business innovation support package, which includes continuity grants, loans for existing award holders and additional business advisory support services. Visit the website at Innovate UK.
  • Medilink UK has created a Covid-19 hub for its members in the health technology and life sciences sectors to connect and collaborate on innovations driven by the pandemic. There is also a regularly updated Coronavirus Resource Library to keep companies informed of the latest developments with priority products required by the NHS, business support schemes and coronavirus funding. Find your regional Medilink branch at Medilink UK.
  • Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is working with Innovate UK to deliver a new package of support to help high-growth SMEs to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic, stabilise as they recover, and grow to support economic recovery post-crisis. Support will be available to around 6,000 innovative SMEs over the next two years, including both existing and new clients. Details can be found on the EEN website at covid-19 support package.
  • BioCity is a life science and business incubator with 5 science parks across the UK. BioCity’s business accelerator programme is designed specifically for life science entrepreneurs and offers business support worth £100k, including £50k convertible loan to the most promising ventures. Visit the BioCity Accelerator Programme for more information.
  • The iNet at Loughborough University provides both financial and non-financial support to Leicestershire-based SME businesses via its PROSPER and SPRING programmes. Summary details of  the programmes are attached as pdf documents by clicking the links above and further details can be found at The iNet.

For details of relief for our clients affected by Covid-19 please visit the Covid-19 updates page.

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