A key focus of the government is how to reverse the UK’s weak productivity. We have one of the worst productivity rates in Europe (Germany is 36% higher and France 29%), which can only be improved through increasing investment and innovation levels.

A new business support scheme in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is designed to bring forward new innovations that will drive growth and productivity in eligible SMEs.

Acceleration Through Innovation (ATI) is a £3 million three-year project led by the University of Plymouth in partnership with Cornwall Innovation. The programme provides intensive support to businesses that are ready to innovate with niche expertise from specialists and certified innovation professionals. It supports employee and employer led innovation to help inspire new ways of thinking, and provides an opportunity for businesses to implement innovative processes and trial the market. ATI will be delivering nine Pop-up Innovation Centres across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with events including Master Classes, Innovation Acceleration Days and Innovation Clubs.

Within the programme, the ATI Innovation Fund can assist SMEs with grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 for both capital and revenue costs in five areas. These include; proof of market, proof of concept, prototyping, IP protection, and new product / service generation.

For further details contact 01209-705166, ati@plymouth.ac.uk or visit www.aticornwallinnovation.co.uk

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