Enscite offers funding and support to small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the aerospace, rail and automotive supply chain. We help these businesses to grow and make operational improvements.

To benefit from this scheme, you need to be based in Derby city, Derbyshire, Nottingham city or Nottinghamshire - this is the area covered by the Local Enterprise Partnership, D2N2.

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Enscite is a partnership between the University of Derby and Aston University, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

What we offer

A series of funded workshops - Learning Labs

This series of workshops is aimed at supporting you and your business to grow. They are suitable for all levels of employee and are funded by the ERDF so there will be no cost to you. Through a mixture of face-to-face and online learning, the workshops will give you useful tools and techniques that you can take back to your business. They focus on seven key areas:

Find out more about each Learning Lab

Grant funding for graduates - Knowledge Exchange and Innovation (KEI)

Employing a recent graduate for a particular project can help you to improve your competitiveness and productivity. With our KEI fund, you can get up to £5,950 towards the cost of employing them.

The benefits to you:

Your KEI post can be in any discipline e.g. operations, marketing, HR, technical/engineering and you will set their salary. The employee just needs to have graduated within the last five years.

Contact us to find out more about KEIs

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Working with Enscite meant I wasn’t working alone. I had access to a team of impartial multi-skilled people who could look at my plans and help me develop the future direction.

Steve Barbour
Managing Director, Composite Braiding

Is my business eligible?

To qualify for this ERDF-funded support, your business needs to meet this criteria:

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Hire university equipment at cost effective rates or for free, including our Additive Manufacturing Lab, Virtual Reality Suite and Data Visualisation Lab. We offer training and support.

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Contact us

Find out more about how we can help your SME:

Call 0800 0015500Email enscite@derby.ac.ukFind us on Twitter

Innovation Drive
Infinity Park
DE24 9FU