The TRANSPORT innovation network has welcomed three new team members as it continues to provide support to small and medium sized businesses looking to grow and become more competitive in the current economic climate.
The recent appointments include Kate Clement, a Research Analyst, Jane Pearce, Innovation Support Administrator and Catherine Allford, an Innovation Advisor.
The new recruits will allow the Transport iNet to conduct additional market research or analysis for its clients, build its network of contacts further and provide specialist knowledge so that SMEs can see innovation through to commercialisation.
John Frodsham, Director of the Transport iNet, said: “Since March 2009, the team have supported over 500 SMEs and funded over 100 projects.
“We have also helped local companies to access over £900,000 worth of direct innovation funding. The expansion of our team will help to continue this work.”
The iNet team is tasked with supporting innovation in the East Midlands by helping SMEs in aerospace, motorsport, automotive, rail and marine markets to discover routes to funding, conduct market research and continue product or concept development of practical near market solutions.
The Transport iNet, based at Loughborough University, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The aim of the iNets is to increase the level of innovation in the East Midlands helping to improve business competitiveness, margins, sustainability and growth.
It allows individual sectors to work together, share ideas, technologies, intelligence, innovation and create a link between industry and the academic community. Further information can be found at www.eminnovation.org.uk or by calling (01509) 635270.