Case Studies

WEGO Couriers: Low Carbon Hub Transport Exemplar from Nottingham City


WEGO Couriers is a city logistics business, for 17 years, as WEGO and Peddle Express they have provided a fast, flexible and reliable door to door, last mile delivery service to suit the needs of their client.
WEGO embrace existing transport networks, linking the busy Midlands area to London. When it comes to being carbon neutral, the business uses eco-friendly vans, bicycles and trains to deliver letters, packets and parcels. WEGO have a genuine passion for helping the environment and being as environmentally sustainable as possible. They are accredited with the Investors in the Environment
Environmental Management System and monitor the amount of carbon they produce in order to offset this on an annual basis. They are an award-winning, zero carbon emissions company striving to be the top UK courier in the UK for green delivery solutions. The Low Carbon Hub has supported WEGO to promote its green credentials, measure its carbon footprint, and use information to raise the company's profile as a carbon neutral business.

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Time2Grow for Omflow

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The University of Derby's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) helps manufacturing and engineering companies in the region to innovate and grow.
Derby-based Omflow received support from Time2Innovate in the form of a consultancy package for their software development.

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Development of Histologix specialist services to Pharma-Biotech industry

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Histologix is a privately owned contract research organization (CRO) and a specialist provider of histology, histopathology, immunochemistry, digital pathology and image analysis services to the Pharma-Biotech industry. In order to further develop and fast-track their services, the directors worked closely with Medilink who helped them secure funding through the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet to buy vital pieces equipment including a whole slide digital scanner from Hamamatsu and HALO™ image analysis software from Indica labs. The new technologies have allowed Histologix to enhance their service offering and establish a primary position as the leading independent GLP/GCP compliant laboratory in the UK for these type of services, serving Pharma and Biotech in the field of personalised medicine, biomarkers and companion diagnostics.

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RA Tech UK Ltd


Working with Time 2 Innovate a pilot scheme within the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering which aims to support SME’s in the D2N2 area, RA Tech UK Ltd devised and invented (patent pending) a product that will overcome the challenge of connecting an Unvented Hot Water Heater pressure/temperature relief valve directly to a foul waste or soil pipe and used a £1500 Innovation Voucher to explore the manufacture of one part of their innovative design using advanced CNC machining and to explore how manufacture of the whole product impacts on product performance.

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New Low Carbon Wall Panel


Working with Time 2 Innovate a pilot scheme within the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering which aims to support SME’s in the D2N2 area, Sym-Wall Building Technology Ltd (SBT) a pioneering company is developing a new low carbon wall panel technology known as Sym-Wall®, produced from a synthetic form of waste gypsum (the result of de-sulphurization of emissions from coal-fired power stations). The technology helps to improve energy efficiency by its thermal insulation properties and has the potential to transform construction methods around the world.

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UKTI helps BCS Autobox research and establish a presence in Japan

BCS-Autobox provides machines for making cardboard boxes and cartons, with export sales now accounting for 80% of their turnover. Despite their success, the company had been unable to secure business in Japan. It was only when Managing Director Barry Tabor was contacted by Anton Rudgalvis, an International Trade Adviser working for UKTI, that their strategy began to take shape.

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Britain's Best Kept Secret - What UKTI Did For Us

Watch a host of UK companies talk about how they were able to grow their businesses through exporting their products or services overseas with the help and support of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

UK Export Finance: JCB video case study

Robert Winter, Director of Financial Solutions at JCB, describes how UK Export Finance (UKEF) provided the insurance, and the confidence, JCB needed to build its business in a new and challenging market.

Export Marketing Research Scheme helps PMA plan for China

PMA joined the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Passport to Export programme for new and inexperienced exporters, and learned about the Export Marketing Research Scheme (EMRS). The EMRS is a UKTI Scheme providing professional advice and funding to help businesses understand the dynamics of a potential overseas market before creating an appropriate strategy for launching in this market.

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UK Export Finance: BDP video case study

Heather Wells is Group Finance Director of BDP, a global design practice providing expert architectural, design and engineering services. In this video, Heather describes how UK Export Finance (UKEF) helped lay the foundations for their global growth.

Expansion with Derby Enterprise Growth Fund Support

An infrastructure engineering company with a sizeable rail division, has expanded its UK operations by opening an office in Derby. The company’s growth has been supported by the city’s inward investment company Marketing Derby and a grant from Derby City Council through the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.

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