Transport Equipment Manufacturing Industry boosted by new support

The D2N2 area is a key focus for road, rail and air original equipment manufacturers and SME supply chains.


Key organisations involved in the support of the Transport Equipment Manufacturing (TEM) industry and its small and medium sized enterprise supply chain are preparing to launch exciting new support in the D2N2 area building on previous experience in this key sector responsible for driving the Midlands Engine economy.


ENSCITE Phase 2 is a collaborative project between the University of Derby, Aston University and Derby City Council, and is now open for beneficiary companies to join.

ENSCITE is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Transport Equipment Manufacturing (TEM) supply chains in the D2N2 area. The project aims to facilitate growth, improve competitiveness & create jobs.

The Business Support Offer will consist of Four Growth Programmes focusing on the following main areas:

  • Leadership & Management (with delivery in October 2016 - dates TBC)
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Logistics & Operations Management
  • Excellence Through Quality

Each Growth Programme will include the following:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Diagnostics report for each business involved
  • Support for manufacturing processes & systems with technology & software
  • Next steps workshops to support business growth

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Catalysing Growth through Research for Transport Equipment Manufacturing’ project

Companies involved in road, rail and aerospace equipment manufacture can apply for research and innovation help from a £1.3m fund, financed via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The ‘Catalysing Growth through Research for Transport Equipment Manufacturing’ project will be delivered by the University of Derby and Loughborough University.

It will cost £2.7m in total – £1.3m of that coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) portion of D2N2’s allocation of 251m euros in European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), and the remainder from the two universities.

The three year Catalysing Growth project is due to begin shortly (summer 2016).

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working in the transport equipment manufacturing sector can access intensive research and innovation support from the University of Derby and Loughborough University.

Help will be given to main manufacturers and supply chain firms providing them with materials, services and technical support. This will boost their competitiveness, providing more efficient manufacturing processes and products, to strengthen companies’ turnover and create jobs.

The universities will help businesses identify areas where they could work with other SMEs or research institutes.

Loughborough University will supply grants to assist SMEs to get specialist support in the UK and in Europe. The University of Derby will provide direct research and development consultancy help to address technical and design issues, prototyping and tooling equipment upgrades.

This will develop knowledge in the Transport Equipment Manufacturing sector, by providing it with additional intensive support.

For more information on the above support please contact the D2N2 Growth Hub on 0333 006 9178 or by email to if@22rwhu.ounodngothbc.k.

See further information on the Transport Equipment Manufacturing (TEM) sector here:

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