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Enabling Innovation in D2N2’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

‘Enabling Innovation’ is a collaborative programme involving the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham, which will provide support to over 2,000 local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) over the next three years.

The objective of Enabling Innovation is to stimulate interest and investment in research and innovation within small and medium-sized businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The programme will focus on developing supply chains in key sectors of particular relevance to the D2N2 LEP area including life sciences, creative and digital industries, transport equipment manufacturing and food and drink manufacturing. Focusing on ‘enabling technologies’, it aims to stimulate an innovation ecosystem designed to commercialise cutting edge R&D, support product and process innovation within SMEs and drive innovation through supply chains.

Enabling Innovation

The three universities will be offering a wide range of services for SMEs through Enabling Innovation, including:

  • In-depth support for businesses in sectors such as manufacturing, materials engineering, computing and data, aerospace, food and drink, chemistry and satellite navigation – offering unprecedented access to university expertise and graduate talent.
  • Workshop programmes designed to help businesses to innovate, explore new ideas and unlock their growth potential.
  • Leadership and management development, including mentoring.
  • Support for businesses to take on graduates via placement opportunities, allowing them to explore the benefits of employing graduates.

The individual activities offered by each of the three universities can be found by clicking the following links…

University of Derby
Nottingham Trent University
University of Nottingham


The programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

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For more information on services to support innovative small and medium sized businesses please see the D2N2 Innovation and New Products page or call the D2N2 Growth Hub on 0333 006 9178.

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