Innovation project clocks up first century of clients

A project supporting SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) to develop new products has just clocked up its first century of clients with 100 businesses now on board.

The University of Wolverhampton’s Innovative Project Support Service (iPSS) is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and supports SMEs through the early stages of developing a new product or process, aiming to bring it closer to market.

Working with WMCU partner, Birmingham City University, as well as Aston University, the project offers support delivered free of charge by experienced consultants with specialist knowledge of the client business’s sector and development needs.

Support includes product design, engineering analysis, market research, intellectual property advice, electronics development, commercial reviews, implementation of sensor technologies and new product development & planning.

Professor Andrew Pollard, Project Director said: “The project gives companies an introduction to working in collaboration with the University, and that initial engagement often grows into a bigger partnership”.

“We are aiming to assist over 200 companies by March 2019 so the level of support available is significant to businesses.  The project also includes funded support for a number of research collaborations.  These are designed to support eligible research projects carried out by University researchers in collaboration with SME companies, and we’ve got high aims to grow and develop our research impact through this.”

For further information please visit the iPSS webpage. Alternatively, please contact Project Manager, Mike Shields on 01902 321105