The National Composites Centre and Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites industry, have jointly worked out a package of support for SMEs through roadshows, tailored company visits, enquiry handling and technical advice. The companies eligible for support include start-ups, micro companies and SMEs with less than 250 employees.
The partnership is creating a network of companies that can help deliver some of the support through the supply chain. For each enquiry, the NCC/Composites UK team will determine whether the solution is best delivered through NCC, one of the other catapult centres or through the supply chain itself.
The companies seeking support will have access to a dedicated team for a quick response to queries, a 'pay-as-you-go' price structure for access to NCC capability, SME Support Fund 'credits', an active presence of SME oriented events in different regions across the UK, information packages that link to external sources and providers, and opportunities to participate in demonstrator projects to provide physical case studies showcasing UK SME products and capability.
The aim of the partnership is to strengthen and grow the UK composites sector by helping to pull technology through to industry, push requirements back to academia and rapidly provide commercial solutions through effective referrals
Stella Job, supply chain manager at Composites UK said, "We're working with the NCC to deliver a more comprehensive package of support for SMEs. We can help these companies identify technical challenges that they need to solve to move forward/grow their business."
Nigel Keen, advanced management development engineer at the National Composites Centre added; "It is important to us to work with the supply chain to deliver the best technology solution to industry whether that be through the NCC, wider HVMC, the supply chain or a combination of both." (SV)
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