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). Our Learning Lab workshops are part of the Derbyshire Festival of Business, offering support to businesses across the region.

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 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 (KEIs)

Employing a recent graduate for a particular project can help you to improve your competitiveness and productivity. With our Knowledge Exchange and Innovation (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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How Enscite helped us

Hear from six companies that Enscite has helped — from fledgling start-ups to more established firms — and find out what impact this support has had.

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What does it cost to attend?

The workshops are part of our Enscite programme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This means the workshop is fully funded and offered without any cost to your organisation.

Is my business eligible?

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

Gary Hunter from Elastacloud

We would strongly recommend businesses seek the support of Enscite. The process was quick and efficient and the networking and business it has generated has been a resounding success.

Gary Hunter
Head of Business Development, Elastacloud

Contact us

Find out more about how we can help your SME:

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

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