£5K Funding Available | Next Wave of SME Innovation Vouchers Now Being Taken!

06 March 2013

10th April deadline fast approaching!

Are you an Small or Medium sized Enterprise or business (SME) in the Built Environment Sector with the desire to grow your business? If so, you could be eligible for up to £5K worth of funding assistance from the Centre for Construction Innovation (CCI), University of Salford.

In the last round of applications, one SME teamed up with CCI to win an Innovation Voucher - work is now underway to help them improve their business with £5K worth of funding!

What are Innovation Vouchers?

The Technology Strategy Board's, National Innovation Voucher Scheme has been designed to help SME's obtain the help of an external expert to develop ideas and improve business through funding of up to £5K.

What will be funded?

If successful, the Innovation Voucher will help you to obtain expert advice from a knowledge supplier you haven't worked with before. 

It is not to fund general business needs such as training or equipment.

Are you Eligible?

- The scheme is open to Small or Medium sized Enterprise or businesses (SME) only.

- The chosen knowledge supplier should be someone you have not worked with before.

- Your company should have an idea which is applicable to one or more of the current priority themes - see website for more details

How to apply?

All you need to do is apply is complete a simple online application form by the 10th April 2013 to be considered!

Why choose CCI as your supplier choice?

The Centre for Construction Innovation is the main hub for innovation and change within the North West's Built Environment Sector and has substantial experience with working with SME's on numerous projects notably the North West Construction Knowledge Hub

CCI is also part of the wider University of Salford, which provides the unique opportunity to have access to specialists in the following areas:

- BIM Strategy

- KPI and Benchmarking: Performance Measurement, improvement and management

- Procurement./Bid Coaching

- Supply Chain management

- Lean construction and much more

For this round of applications, CCI have teamed up with consultants ISYS International to offer you the chance to achieve an 'integrated' management system (IMS) covering three Standards; ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 - in a condensed timescale!

Further Guidance:

For more information relating to the Innovation Vouchers, please email competitions@innovateuk.org or tel. 0300 321 4357.

For more information relating to the kinds of ways the Centre for Construction Innovation and the wider University of Salford can do to support your business, then please contact Operations Director, Roy Stewart on 0161 295 5076 or email roy.stewart@ccinw.com