Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group

Enabling Innovation

Enabling Innovation was a three-year collaborative programme led by the University of Nottingham partnering with Nottingham Trent University and the University of Derby, which provided innovation support to over 2,000 local small and medium enterprises.

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The PMC offered free support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area through consultancy, technical projects, dissemination events and workshops. This free service aimed to help companies to innovate through new products and processes, and expand their existing internal and external supply chain capabilities.

This support was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The ERDF programme was open to businesses who:

  • Employ fewer than 250 employees
  • No more than 25% of the business is owned by another business that itself is not an SME
  • Have an annual turnover not exceeding €50m OR an Annual Balance Sheet not exceeding €43m
  • Have a registered business address based in the D2N2 LEP area.

Qualifying SMEs can still access to our team of expert technicians through our new ERDF project, Driving Research and Innovation (DR&I), as well as some of the most advanced precision manufacturing machines in the world. If you are an eligible SME based in the D2N2 area we can offer you 2 Days of FREE support under the DR&I programme.

The PMC provides world class expertise and cutting-edge technologies to help businesses create, develop and produce high-value, high-quality pioneering products. We can assist in a large variety of industries and projects, using our expertise in areas such as: 

  • Ultra-Precision Complex Engineering -
    3, 4, 5 Axis Milling, Turning & EDM
  • Mould Tool Design
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Precision Engineering
  • Toolmaking — Mould & Press
  • CNC Programming
  • Ultra-Precision Metrology
  • Automated Assembly
  • Product Design
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Measurement Reporting
  • Microscopy — Optical/SEM

To find out more or to discuss working with us, please  get in touch - we'd love to hear from you. For more information on the University of Nottingham's involvement in the project, please visit the Ingenuity Network's website.





Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group

The University of Nottingham
Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD