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    UK Metals Industry Innovation Support 2016 – fully-funded Innovation Support Programme to guide SME businesses who process metals through the process of innovation

    Would your business benefit from innovative changes to the way you do things, such as:

    • New manufacturing processes, or the improvement of existing ones and/or
    • New products for existing markets and/or
    • New markets for existing products and/or
    • New products for new markets?

    The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) in collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is offering a fully-funded Innovation Support Programme to guide SME businesses who process metals through the process of innovation. CPI will offer expert guidance to qualifying businesses in three stages:

    1. The CPI Innovation Integrator – a diagnostic business tool in which we assess your capabilities for business or technology innovation in 11 key areas. This will provide i) guidance on your readiness to implement innovation, ii) an outline roadmap for an innovation project of your choice and iii) the opportunity to secure further funding to develop a full innovation implementation plan.
    2. Communities of Practice – opportunities to share ideas & experiences with like-minded companies and technology providers looking to create added value through innovation.
    3. Re-training & up-skilling courses – options to enrol your staff in selected courses designed to improve flexibility and the capacity to innovate.

    This 3-stage programme is fully funded by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) and is available to SME businesses involved in the metals processing sector (broad definition) in the UK. Further funding will also be available for the implementation of individual innovation plans and for attendance at the training courses.

    For more information contact Graham Small, CPD Training Manager, AMRC Training Centre, Advanced Manufacturing Park, Rotherham S60 5BL, Mobile 07545 429434, Email:, Web:

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