Innovation is one of the most challenging but also the most exciting and rewarding areas of business. Below you will find a wide range of support, from research and development (R&D) to intellectual property (IP) advice and design leadership coaching. Explore this section to find out about the support that's available to help you develop new products and processes.


Innovate2Succeed is for ambitious companies who want to unlock their innovation management potential with fully funded support.

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Innovate UK

Innovate UK runs funding competitions for various kinds and sizes of business. Funding of between £5,000 and £10 million is available.

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R&D tax relief from HMRC

Research & development relief is a corporation tax relief that may reduce your organisation’s tax bill on investments in R&D activities.

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Business and Intellectual Property (IP) Centre

The Business and IP Centre has a wide range of resources available to help you stay informed and protect your intellectual property in your products and services.

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Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Office’s website provides a wealth of information on protecting your IP, creations and inventions.

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Design Leadership Programme

The Design Leadership Programme provides structured, practical support to help you use and manage design more effectively and profitably.

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Case Study

Optalysys could shape the future of computing technology thanks to LEP grant
27th May 2015

Optalysys could shape the future of computing technology thanks to LEP grant

A LEP grant has been instrumental in the creation of a revolutionary prototype being developed by optical technology business, Optalysys.

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Business support and finance

Not sure where to start? Don't worry. Just get in touch with our business growth team and we can help you find the right support for your business needs.