A platform for growth

A platform for growth

Suhail Aslam, Innovate Tees Valley programme manager, explains how the project can help drive innovation.

Innovation from the Tees Valley has made massive contributions not only regionally and nationally but also internationally. The recognised skills base and work ethic has made it an admired region for engineering and manufacturing excellence. This is complemented by emerging sectors such as digital, biologics and healthcare. With an ability to adapt and change to meet global demands the region stands out as an attractive place to trade, partner and invest in.

The Innovate Tees Valley project is an excellent platform to help build innovation capacity in our existing and established businesses and also provide the necessary support for emerging companies looking to break into new markets and sectors with new products and services. Innovate Tees Valley through its four partners: Teesside University; DigitalCity, NEPIC and Materials Processing Institute, is proud of the role it will play assisting SME businesses in our region overcome technical and market challenges and help drive innovation and creativity.

The project provides a breadth of services including:

  • Technical consultancy support including both partner expertise and external consultant provision;
  • Innovation diagnostics;
  • Bid writing to access larger research and innovation funding;
  • Digital innovation support – including grants for fellowships to support new SMEs;
  • Access to partners facilities and assets including 3D printing, specialist testing equipment and lab space;
  • Innovation workshops;
  • Graduate placements lasting up to 12 months;
  • Access to market intelligence, networks, partners and wider financial support.