Since July 2016, Nottingham Trent University’s Enabling Innovation programme has supported over 500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Helping businesses to innovate through product design
The Enabling Innovation programme has provided us with a vast talent pool, access to specialist facilities and technologies that would have been beyond our reach as a small entrepreneurial business. The experience and knowledge that we have been able to tap into across the programme is enabling us to move the business forward with more confidence in our abilities.
Julie Whitehead – OFFUNDO Limited
Enabling Innovation's work with SMEs has greatly helped local business OFFUNDO Limited. They approached NTU looking for help to develop their innovative butter spreading product for the commercial market. NTU helped the company transform their product from stainless steel to plastic.
Having remodelled the 2-part stainless steel product to suit plastic production, a 3D printed prototype was made. The plastic parts are lighter in weight, dishwasher-proof and food-safe whilst retaining the strength seen in the metal unit.
With the functional and aesthetic improvements made, the cost of commercial producing the 3D design prototype would be slashed by 88% when compared to it's metal predecessors.
By offering a range of benefits to small and medium-sized organisations, Enabling Innovation hopes it can support further businesses with 3D technology and product design innovation.
Access our support
Are you an SME? Contact our team to find out how to start your journey.
Enabling Innovation is a three-year collaboration between Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Derby to support SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to innovate. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
The programme runs until March 2019 and NTU is looking for further small and medium-sized enterprises to make the most of the support it can offer their business. You can find out more about Enabling Innovation and the support it offers businesses on our website.