Support Directory

We work with other organisations across the nations and regions of the UK in order to maximise the benefits and opportunities available to our members.

Please note we are not responsible for the content of third party websites and assume no liability for your usage of their services.

Be The Business

Be the Business was established to bring together companies large and small and make the UK home to the most ambitious firms in the world. However, we know that at a time like this, when businesses of all shapes and sizes have been hit hard by coronavirus, leaders around the UK are getting back to basics and thinking about survival rather than productivity improvements.

Whether it’s finding new ways to incentivise and engage with your staff, taking a look at your own leadership and management style or investing in the kind of tools and technology that will help prepare your business for a new way of operating, there is no better way to tackle these kinds of challenges than by collaborating with others who are doing it at the same time.

If you’re a small or medium-sized business that would like to hear more about how a Be the Business programme might be of benefit, or you think your expertise might be relevant, please email: [email protected]

Catapults

Digital

The Digital Catapult is the British government innovation agency for the digital and software industry, developed in conjunction with Innovate UK. 

They run regular programmes and competitions for technology verticals such as AI, Immersive Tech and Blockchain, as well as broader focused innovation and investment programmes to help businesses at all stages of their lifecycle.

Link: https://www.digicatapult.org.uk/

High-Value Manufacturing

The HVMC is currently working with the Digital Catapult to develop a virtual and inclusive Made Smarter hub coordinating the integration and adoption of industrial digital technologies, through the establishment of smart factory test bed exemplars, and the development, standardisation and sharing of knowledge.

Projects costing up to £20,000 are eligible for companies to apply to the 'Smart Factory Innovation Hub' for, where the power of the HVMC, Digital Catapult, National Physical Laboratory and their networks will enable companies from anywhere across the UK to access cutting edge equipment and expertise to drive innovation in their operations.

Contact: Stacey Downton, SFIH Programme Manager - [email protected]

 

Enterprise Europe Network

 

Enterprise Europe Network helps ambitious businesses innovate and grow internationally.  Jointly funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK, our experts advise and connect those looking to commercialise ideas and succeed in new markets.  In the UK, Enterprise Europe Network is delivered by 24 organisations located across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Find your local office here: https://een.ec.europa.eu/about/branches/united-kingdom

 

Contact: Julie Pauley - [email protected]

Overview Presentation:

EEN Overview.pdf

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

 

Safety by Design Guidance
The Safety By Design guidance is the first time the UK government has provided support to small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups on how to design safer online services. It provides tools which will enable companies to understand how they can improve safety for their users and practical steps on how companies can embed safety into the design of their online platforms. It offers information on common platform features and functions (such as private messaging) and their risks, as well as steps that can be taken to manage that risk. Whilst the guidance is voluntary, the intention is that it supports companies to improve safety for their users. It is a first step for platforms which may be within scope of the future online safety legislation to manage the risk of harm occurring on their platform, and prepare for future regulation. 
One Stop Shop for Child Safety
The One Stop Shop for child online safety provides guidance to businesses on how to protect children on their online platform. It outlines existing regulatory requirements and provides best practice advice on how to protect children’s personal data, ensure content is appropriate for the age of users, ensure positive user-to-user interactions and address child sexual exploitation and abuse. It provides practical steps on how to comply with existing legislation and on how to go above and beyond, to allow platforms to ensure services are safe for child users. 

 

Department for International Trade

MENA

Jordan offers an attractive base of operations for companies looking to expand to the MENA region, or acquire goods and services from companies based there.

Organisations such as [email protected] (the Jordanian IT association) and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship (MODEE) work closely with UK business via the FCDO and DIT to create easy-to-access business opportunities for both countries' business communities.

Contact: Ammar Bisharat - [email protected]

 

Help to Grow: Digital

 

SMEs will be able to get free impartial advice on how technology can boost their performance through a new online platform provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Eligible businesses will also be able to get a discount of up to 50% on the costs of approved software, worth up to £5,000. Vouchers are initially expected to be available for software that helps businesses:

  • Build customer relationships and increase sales
  • Make the most of selling online
  • Manage their accounts and finances digitally

You can register to participate here: https://register-help-to-grow-scheme.service.gov.uk/

Incubators and Accelerators

Earlier stage businesses often benefit from participating in an incubator (taking them from idea to operating business) or an accelerator (scaling that operating business). There are many across the UK with different specialisms and foci. 

European Space Agency

The ESA Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom - ESA BIC UK - started its operation in 2011 and is managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Utilising space technology can offer ambitious entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage within their sector. In partnership with ESA, STFC provides the support and funding that start-up companies need to turn their ideas into profitable products and services using space technology, or to develop technologies for use in space.

Sue O’Hare, ESA BIC UK Operations Manager - [email protected]

 

Made Smarter

The 2017 Made Smarter UK review stated that “the positive impact of faster innovation and adoption of IDTs could be as much as £455 billion for UK manufacturing."

To achieve that increase in output and productivity, the Made Smarter programme provides funding, advice and a meeting point for manufacturing businesses looking for digital innovation, and the providers of those digital innovations.

To benefit as either a provider or consumer, and take advantage of the funding and advice on offer, visit: https://www.madesmarter.uk/start-your-digital-manufacturing-journey/

R&D Tax Credits

The UK Government's R&D Tax Credit scheme enables SMEs to claim generous tax rebates based on their undertaking of eligible activities which are covered by the scheme.

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/corporation-tax-research-and-development-tax-relief-for-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises

Some examples of costs that are eligible to be claimed include the salaries, pension contributions and national insurance contributions of staff who are employed on a specific research and development activity within your business, as well as equipment bought as part of the work.

HMRC have produced a handy guide which you can access here: 

rdsimpleguide.pdf

 

Universities

Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry is a programme for small-medium sized businesses to help with business growth, stability and security. The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and there is no cost for participating businesses/business owners.

The Greater Manchester AI Foundry operates in a similar manner, but seeks to embed Artificial Intelligence into the processes and products of eligible businesses who take part.

Contact: Roxy Lawton, [email protected]

 

 

 

For more information please contact: 

Ed Bevan

Head of SME Engagement, techUK

Ed is Head of SME Engagement and is responsible for shaping techUK’s proposition to our SMEs across the country, ensuring our policy work, market access activity and services benefit the SME community.

Prior to working at techUK, Ed worked in the at the Department for International Trade, engaging with a variety of businesses, particularly SMEs, to understand the benefits of Free Trade Agreements and act as case studies in press and social media. Ed has also worked in policy and public affairs within the voluntary sector, namely the Alzheimer’s Society and the Men’s Health Forum.

Ed holds a MA in International Relations from Leiden University, and in his spare time enjoys spending time with his son, travelling, and visiting historical sites.

Email:
[email protected]

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