Productivity through Innovation

From April 2019 until March 2022, the University of Derby is offering funding and support for SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

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Improve performance and accelerate growth

Productivity through Innovation (PtI) is a programme which allows businesses to access a suite of funding, services and support activities to improve their productivity and their market competitiveness.


The programme has been developed in partnership with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University with the express purpose of improving the performance of the businesses involved.


The knowledge and skills of University staff, as well as technology and facilities across multiple sites and campuses, are available for participants to access over the duration of the programme.

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Industrial Research

Work with our MPhil research students to deliver meaningful and sustainable productivity improvements that can deliver real results linked to increased turnover, improved efficiency and profitability.

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Who is it for?

The PtI programme is open for applications from small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across a wide range of industries and sectors in the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area (D2N2). 

Applications to the programme will need to submit a robust business proposal, explaining the innovative approach they will take and forecasting the impact the project will have on growth and productivity.

What's on offer?

PtI aims to deliver an in-depth programme of support, working directly with participating businesses to identify and deliver meaningful and sustainable improvements.

A two stage diagnostic will inform a bespoke support package that will aim to improvement in the below areas.

Research and Development

Skills and Talent

Benchmark productivity data will be gathered before and after the collaboration to evaluate the impact and results of the support.

Eligibility

The PtI programme is open for applications from small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with an ambition to innovate across a wide range of industries and sectors.


To be eligible you must be an established SME in the D2N2 area (Derby/Derbyshire, Nottingham/Nottinghamshire). Further suitability for the project will be established through the diagnostic.


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined as:

If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for support, please contact us.

How to apply

Funding is available from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2022.

Further information and to discuss potential projects, please contact Sophie Beer, ERDF Project Manager on +44 (0)1332 593856 or s.beer@derby.ac.uk

Sophie Beer Research and Innovation ERDF project manager

Productivity through Innovation (PtI) is a programme which allows businesses to access a suite of funding, services and support activities to improve productivity and market competitiveness.

Sophie Beer
ERDF Project Manager, Research and Innovation