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Marketing, Digital, Website Grant Funding

Marketing, Digital, Website Grant Funding

With the pandemic and requirements to help SME businesses there are a range of grants available to help towards marketing and website activities.

The eligibility and access to these schemes varies on a scheme by scheme and geographic basis

We have compiled information that we believe will hopefully help those looking for help towards Marketing, Digital and Website activities.

Sales and Marketing Activities covered by Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Matched Funding

The following sales and marketing activities are typically covered by MAS

  • Business strategy to improve sales and commercial performance
  • Supporting the identification of new sales channels
  • Market opportunity reports for new and existing products
  • Market and product diversification strategies
  • E business strategy including e commerce
Sales and Marketing MAS Matched Funding Criteria

Sales and Marketing Activities NOT covered by MAS Matched Funding

The following sales and marketing activities are NOT typically covered by MAS

  • Anything relating to salary substitution (sub contract activity)
  • Generation / printing of marketing and selling collateral
  • Lead generation, logos and branding
  • Identifying selling agents (UK and Overseas)
  • General website development
  • Advertising – Public relations
  • Export (Overseas costs covered by UKTI
  • Search engine optimisation
  • Social media activities i.e. Linked In , Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus , You Tube or Pintrest (including training)

Design Activities covered by MAS Matched Funding

The following design activities are typically covered by MAS

  • Consultancy to improve product design
  • Design for manufacture and assembly
  • Product development consultancy
  • Rapid prototyping to support advanced manufacturing
  • Ideas generation
  • New product introduction process
  • Design specification development
  • Subcontract CAD design and drafting
  • Tooling – bespoke / product specific
  • Testing to market requirements
  • External prototype services
  • Supply sourcing and supply chain identification

Design Activities NOT covered by MAS Matched Funding

The following design activities are NOT typically covered by MAS

  • Company branding
  • Development of pure stand alone software
  • Off the shelf tooling (e.g. drills)
  • Client purchased material
  • Legal mediation
  • Renewal of certification

The rules and guidelines are always subject to change so it is important that you speak to your local MAS advisor. At the time of writing the funding available is match funding up to a maximum of £3000 so a £6,000 project would be possible.
For more information on sales and marketing or Sales and Marketing MAS Matched Funding Criteria click here or call Andrew Goode on 01733 361729 who is an accredited MAS Consultant

Business Development Coaching Examples Of Eligible Work Packages

Business Development Coaching from BGS is designed to support you to develop your business.

Below are listed some of the common themes that have been used as part of business development coaching

(note its not an exhaustive list)

  • Strategic Planning: looking at your organisation’s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy
  • Business Modelling: evaluating how your organisation makes (or intends to make) money, and how the various organisational activities are interrelated
  • Change Management: opportunities for the company to act differently in order to improve its business performance
  • Channel Marketing: considering the customer segments and identifying which have the most potential for commercial exploitation
  • Contract Bidding Process: if completing tenders is a core activity for gaining new business, what is your success rate and would an improvement to the process be beneficial
  • Customer Service: How do you manage your customers and ensure that they receive the level of customer service that they would deem appropriate
  • Exit Planning: you may be developing and growing your business in order to maximise its value prior to selling, there are other factors to consider when exit planning
  • Growing Customers: selling more to your existing customers is a great way to grow your business (complimentary to gaining new customers) so what techniques and approaches can you implement to grow customers
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI-s): which KPI’s do you need to identify and measure that would significantly improve the performance of your business and the service provided to the customer
  • Management Structure: Does your company have the most appropriate management structure in place to ensure that operations are performed effectively
  • Marketing Strategy: do you have a marketing strategy, if yes does it have the fundamental goal of increasing sales and achieving a sustainable competitive advantage
  • Marketing Strategy Implementation: do you have a step by step plan in place to ensure your marketing action plan is effectively implemented in a measurable way
  • Recruitment Planning: do you have the right skills and expertise within your organisation to grow, if not do you need to recruit additional skills
  • Sales Management: how do you manage your sales pipeline and ensure that you achieve an optimum sales conversion ratio
  • Value Proposition: A value proposition is a promise of value to be delivered and acknowledged and a belief from the customer that value will be delivered and experienced, can yours be improved

For more information on Business Development Coaching, Leadership and Development Training, Design Coaching and MAS funding click here

BGS Leadership and Management Non Eligible Activities

BGS Leadership and Management activities that are specifically not eligible:

1. Coaching and Mentoring)
2. Mandatory provision i.e. programmes leading to qualifications that are specifically required for the business and/or the individual to operate.

Examples include the Chartered Insurance Institute Level 4 qualification for Financial Advisers, and the LMC (Leadership and Management in Care Services) Level 4 for Health and Social Care (NB: The LMC Level 5 is eligible for support).

3. Technical provision: These are examples of provision that cannot be supported:

  • Health and safety
  • Alcohol licensing
  • Product specific training ( e.g. to use a specific piece of machinery or software)
  • Job specific skills e.g. cookery skills for restaurateurs; photography for photographers; marketing for marketing executives; NLP for NLP practitioners/coaches
  • Technical qualifications (typically those at NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) Level 3 equivalent or below, unless these are specified as management qualifications).

4. IT training, including Search Engine Management (SEM) and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO); as well as IT programmes such as Word, Excel, Sage. Funding cannot be used to support the purchase of IT hardware, software or website development.
5. Travel and accommodation and related/similar costs e.g. subsistence, membership fees, capital equipment, postage costs, and anything that is “consultancy” with no training.
6. Accreditation, e.g. support for assessment costs relating to IiP (Investors in People) or ISO. L&M funding can support provision that helps the business achieve its growth objectives (particularly IiP, where the link to eligible training is clear). Where examination costs are an integral part of a training programme, they can be supported.
7. Tactical marketing Google Ads, SEO , Linked- in training
8. Training design and management costs
9. Deadweight ,Reimbursing Training that has begun already, Training that would have been paid for otherwise by the client . Training agreed prior to joining BGS

For more information on Leadership and Management funding or other funding options suitable for manufacturers click here

BGS Leadership and Management Match Funding

The maximum grant per eligible senior manager is £2,000

  • A “senior manager” must have strategic responsibility for the direction of the business and  is restricted to the upper tier of the organisational structure e.g. senior management team or on the Board of Directors
  • National Guidelines on suitable funding levels are:
    • Companies of 1-4 FTE’s = 2 senior managers
    • Companies of 5-9 FTE’s = 3 senior managers
    • Companies of 10-19 FTE’s = 4 senior managers
    • Companies of 20+ FTE’s = 5 senior managers or 10% of total staff  – within a cap of £10,000 per company.
      • L&M applications can NOT be stand alone and can only be offered to participants of coaching interventions
      • Clients Can apply for match funding once Invoice paid and Growth Plan Completed.
        • Companies will have 60 days from the Coaching Grant Offer Letter date to submit any L&M applications
        • Companies will then have 180 days from the date of any L&M Grant Offer Letter to submit their claim
      • Please note that whilst these guidelines are in place BGS reserve the right to assess the eligibility and suitability of each application on its own merits and award funding at a level aligned to the application. This process will be managed by the Business Growth Manager and leadership and management Specialist.
      • In every instance where the coach is to deliver the training solution BGS require a Coach as Trainer Approval Form  ( training  proposal ). This needs to be signed by the Coach /training provider and sent to The L and M Specialist . If  a bespoke  solution is to be delivered by a  training provider who is not a  BGS Expert/Coach  BGS still require a training proposal.
      • The Client must  have a leadership and management grant offer letter before being invoiced for or commencing training
      • BGS cannot  match fund , coaching , mentoring or consultancy , IT or software training

    BGS Leadership and Management generic Offering Themes

    1. Developing an effective personal leadership and management style 
    Training Could Include
    Leadership style; developing the vision; strategic focus; role of the director; ability to inspire; commercial skills (e.g. financial); influencing; motivation; communication of goals/strategy; goal setting; defining success; understanding and seeing the organisation as a whole; reflecting and improving; setting an example; decision making; strategic planning tools; identifying risk; assertiveness and personal effectiveness; presenting the impact; the leader as coach; self-assessment/awareness; time management for leaders.

    2. Leading and managing high performance:  Building a high performance team; motivation; recognition and reward; team dynamics, behaviours and skills; team building; discipline and grievance handling; delegation; planning and organising; talent management; time management; communication; coaching skills; empowering teams; roles and responsibilities; giving effective feedback; performance management; recruitment and selection; adaptability and flexibility; succession planning; staff development/promotion.

    3. Planning and developing an effective organisation/Operational improvement: quality assurance; resourcing for growth; evaluating and improving; controls – admin, financial, standards; supply chain management; financial management; managing cash for growth; forecasting financial needs; managing risk; budgeting; management accounts; contingency planning

    4. Creating a joint enterprise culture: Communicating change; change management; managing conflict; culture and diversity; impact of change; collaboration – partners, staff, suppliers; negotiating; listening; influencing others; providing feedback; establishing rapport; building relationships; working as a team;

    5. Sustaining growth and continuous improvement: Planning and implementation; communication; resourcing; identifying skills needs; improving effectiveness – quality, costs, delivery; managing risk; managing complexity; problem solving; adaptability and flexibility; identifying skills needs for the future.

    6. Embedding a culture of innovation: Encouraging ideas and creativity; empowerment; understanding culture; building trust; providing guidance; embedding innovation; adding value to the organisation; collaboration and open innovation; sources of innovation; innovation tools and techniques.

    7. New market entry: Identifying and responding to need; project management; customer focus; negotiating; professional presentations; collaboration – key partners, staff, suppliers. Digital marketing strategy , brand management ,

    (Information correct as of October). For more information on Leadership and Management funding click here

Design Coaching Product Design Work Package Example

Design Coaching Objective: Design and development of new product to support growth plan

(Within the proposal need to explain why this is of strategic importance to the growth of the business)

Work package 1 – 50% of coaching time
Develop and agree the product design support needed to achieve participant knowledge transfer. Agree product design audit process to review any current product design ideas, agree new design requirements and how this aligns with their corporate branding guidelines. Coach to support the client with creative input, brainstorming session to generate ideas and agree stage gates and milestones for inclusion in the product design brief.

Deliverable: Product design review/plan and product brief/specification signed off by participant

Work package 2 – 50% of coaching time

Coach to work with client to agree and develop process for selecting and appointing product design agency (if external) or identify how to select the most appropriate internal supplier. This could include full review of product design requirements including tooling, materials, packaging, merchandising etc. This will include agreeing the product design specification criteria, critical versus desirable skills and attributes plus interview and selection process, obtaining samples and references as appropriate. Ensuring the participant client is supported with progressing the product design idea and/or implementation of the product design process is firmly embedded in the business

Deliverable: Progression and implementation of product design plan signed off by participant

Design Coaching Objective: Development and design/re-design of a new customer journey to support growth plan

(Explain in proposal why this is strategic important to the growth of the business)

Work package 1 – 50% of coaching time
Develop and agree the support needed to achieve participant knowledge transfer in developing a new service offering. Agree service design review process via support and project management of mystery shopper, feedback survey questionnaires/interviews and focus group activity etc. Support participant in agreeing alignment with internal managers, including creative input to generate ideas in developing new customer journey and development of brief to external supplier if appropriate.

Deliverable: Completion of service review and design brief/specification signed off by participant
Work package 2 – 50% of coaching time

Coach to work with client to agree and develop process for selecting and appointing creative design agency (if external) or identify how to select the most appropriate internal skilled resource to produce new customer service designs i.e. whether online or offline. Including agreeing the specification criteria, critical versus desirable skills and attributes plus interview and selection process, obtaining references etc. Supporting participant with the implementation of the service design process and buy in across the business to ensure service is firmly embedded in the business

Deliverable: Implementation plan signed off by participant

For more information on Design Coaching Grant Funding from the Business Growth Service click here

BGS Leadership and Management Match Funding

The maximum grant per eligible senior manager is £2,000

  • A “senior manager” must have strategic responsibility for the direction of the business and  is restricted to the upper tier of the organisational structure e.g. senior management team or on the Board of Directors
  • National Guidelines on suitable funding levels are:
    • Companies of 1-4 FTE’s = 2 senior managers
    • Companies of 5-9 FTE’s = 3 senior managers
    • Companies of 10-19 FTE’s = 4 senior managers
    • Companies of 20+ FTE’s = 5 senior managers or 10% of total staff  – within a cap of £10,000 per company.
BGS Leadership And Management Training Funding and Themes
  • L&M applications can NOT be stand alone and can only be offered to participants of coaching interventions
  • Clients Can apply for match funding once Invoice paid and Growth Plan Completed.
    • Companies will have 60 days from the Coaching Grant Offer Letter date to submit any L&M applications
    • Companies will then have 180 days from the date of any L&M Grant Offer Letter to submit their claim
  • Please note that whilst these guidelines are in place BGS reserve the right to assess the eligibility and suitability of each application on its own merits and award funding at a level aligned to the application. This process will be managed by the Business Growth Manager and leadership and management Specialist.
  • In every instance where the coach is to deliver the training solution BGS require a Coach as Trainer Approval Form  ( training  proposal ). This needs to be signed by the Coach /training provider and sent to The L and M Specialist . If  a bespoke  solution is to be delivered by a  training provider who is not a  BGS Expert/Coach  BGS still require a training proposal.
  • The Client must  have a leadership and management grant offer letter before being invoiced for or commencing training
  • BGS cannot  match fund , coaching , mentoring or consultancy , IT or software training

BGS Leadership and Management clomid generic Offering Themes

1. Developing an effective personal leadership and management style 
Training Could Include
Leadership style; developing the vision; strategic focus; role of the director; ability to inspire; commercial skills (e.g. financial); influencing; motivation; communication of goals/strategy; goal setting; defining success; understanding and seeing the organisation as a whole; reflecting and improving; setting an example; decision making; strategic planning tools; identifying risk; assertiveness and personal effectiveness; presenting the impact; the leader as coach; self-assessment/awareness; time management for leaders.
2. Leading and managing high performance:  Building a high performance team; motivation; recognition and reward; team dynamics, behaviours and skills; team building; discipline and grievance handling; delegation; planning and organising; talent management; time management; communication; coaching skills; empowering teams; roles and responsibilities; giving effective feedback; performance management; recruitment and selection; adaptability and flexibility; succession planning; staff development/promotion..
3. Planning and developing an effective organisation/Operational improvement: quality assurance; resourcing for growth; evaluating and improving; controls – admin, financial, standards; supply chain management; financial management; managing cash for growth; forecasting financial needs; managing risk; budgeting; management accounts; contingency planning
4. Creating a joint enterprise culture: Communicating change; change management; managing conflict; culture and diversity; impact of change; collaboration – partners, staff, suppliers; negotiating; listening; influencing others; providing feedback; establishing rapport; building relationships; working as a team;
5. Sustaining growth and continuous improvement: Planning and implementation; communication; resourcing; identifying skills needs; improving effectiveness – quality, costs, delivery; managing risk; managing complexity; problem solving; adaptability and flexibility; identifying skills needs for the future.
6. Embedding a culture of innovation: Encouraging ideas and creativity; empowerment; understanding culture; building trust; providing guidance; embedding innovation; adding value to the organisation; collaboration and open innovation; sources of innovation; innovation tools and techniques.
7. New market entry: Identifying and responding to need; project management; customer focus; negotiating; professional presentations; collaboration – key partners, staff, suppliers. Digital marketing strategy , brand management ,

(Information correct as of October 2015). For more information on Leadership and Management funding click here or call Andrew Goode on 01733 361729

Business Growth Vouchers

Growth Vouchers Can Help Your Business Development

The voucher  scheme,  was originally announced by the Chancellor in his 2013 Budget, with the aim of connecting businesses with trusted advisors to deliver strategic advise. The original strict requirements have been relaxed, making it much more accessible for many businesses.From Tuesday 26th August, the Government has opened up the Growth Vouchers Programme to more small businesses and encouraging them to get strategic advice to help them grow.

Benefit from advice in the following areas

Growth vouchers will be randomly awarded to businesses who would benefit from advice in any of the following areas:

  • Raising Finance and managing cash flow
  • Recruiting and developing your staff
  • Improving leadership and management skills
  • Marketing: Attracting and Keeping Customers
  • Making the most of Digital technology

Businesses will be randomly chosen from those that apply, so we advise to get your applications in now!

Growth Voucher Eligibility Criteria

There is as usual criteria attached to the scheme which you need to meet. Businesses who wish to apply need to:

  • Be registered in England
  • Have less than 250 employees
  • Be actively selling goods and/or services
  • Have a turnover no greater than €50m or £45m
  • Own 75% or more of their business

Match Funding

Growth vouchers are worth up to £2,000, but you have to match it. So for example if you pay for Blue Dolphin to deliver advice to create a new sales cheap and marketing strategy and implementation plan for £4,000, you would use £2,000 from your vouchers and £2,000 from your own money.

Talk To Our Growth Voucher Specialist

The vouchers must be spent on strategic advice to grow your business, not practical business tasks like doing your marketing or revamping your website. All Blue Dolphin Strategic Sales and Marketing, Strategic Social Media and Strategic Online Marketing services qualify for the Growth Voucher support, but if in doubt speak to our Business Growth Specialist, Judith Goode on 01733 361729 to see if your proposal could qualify.

Complete The Online Questionnaire To See If You Have Been Allocated A Voucher

Once you have applied and completed the online questionnaire you will find out if you have been allocated a Growth Voucher and what area of advice you can spend it on. You can then visit the Growth Voucher marketplace to find an adviser that can help – Blue Dolphin Business Development Ltd are registered at the Enterprise Nation Growth Voucher Marketplace.
Blue Dolphin are registered and approved to deliver the “Marketing: Attracting and Keeping Customers” part of the Growth Vouchers Scheme. We would be happy to talk with you before you apply for your Growth Vouchers and would be pleased to quote for you once you have

R&D Tax Credits Are You Missing Out

R&D Tax Credits In A Nutshell

R&D is fundamentally work completed to resolve a scientific or technological uncertainty aimed at achieving an advance in science or technology.

R&D Tax Credits Answer The Questions Below To See If You Might Benefit

R&D TAX CREDITS – 6 KEY QUESTIONS

Yes     No
Does the company undertake the development of new products / processes or improved products?
Has the company duplicated existing products or processes in an appreciably improved way?
Has the company made advancements in its field?
Does the company employ technical staff, engineers, software developers or scientists
Does the company consider itself technically innovative?
Does the company spend money on subcontract R&D?

If you have answered “YES” to ANY of the above questions then it may be that you are due for substantial cash back from HMRC

Qualifying R&D Tax Credit Costs include

  • Staffing costs
  • Consumable costs including software
  • Power, fuel and water
  • Externally provided workers
  • Indirect qualifying costs (new)
  • Grant funded R&D

Note: You can claim for the last two financial years

Amount of R&D Tax Credits Relief Available

The amount of relief available depends on a number of characteristics primarily

  • The level of taxable profit / losses that the company has made
  • The time period that you are claiming for
    • Up to 31st march 2011 (175%)
    • After 1st April 2011 (200%)
    • After 1st April 2012 (225%)
  • So for a profit making company (£300,000 to £1.5 million ) for the time period after 1st April 2012 potentially relief of 31.56p in the £1

If you have not previously claimed R&D credits and you think that you might be eligible to claim then we can get a R&D Tax Advisor who works closely with HMRC to contact you. The fee structure for R&D Credits claims has 3 pricing options

  • Fixed fee basis – £6000
  • Fixed fee plus win fee – £3000 on commencement and then a win fee equivalent to 10% of the tax repayment
  • No win no fee basis  – where a win fee equivalent to 20% of the tax repayment

R&D Credits Are You Missing Out

If you would like to find out more about making successful R&D Tax  claims (stuff that your regular accountant probably doesn’t know about) alternative to R&D Credits click here

Crowdfunding – A Simple Explanation

Crowdfunding is a method of getting finance by sourcing small amounts from a relatively large number of people rather than getting large amounts from one or a few. While this is something that has a long history it has become increasingly popular recently in its modern form of online crowdfunding. This allows individuals or organisations to source funds from anyone via a website or crowdfunding ‘platform’

Simplified Diagram Of The Crowdfunding Process

Simplified-diagram-showing-crowdfunding-process

FCA regulated in the UK

Crowdfunding platforms host fundraisers’ pitches and facilitate the transfer of money directly from the funders to the fundraiser. They usually perform some level of vetting before allowing pitches on the platform and are generally open for anyone to contribute funds. In some cases, especially equity crowdfunding, only certain individuals are allowed to commit capital due to the high risk nature of equity investing in unlisted companies. Fees are charged to either the fundraiser, funder or to both.

Potential Benefits

  • it can be a fast way to raise finance with no upfront fees
  • pitching a project or business through the online platform can be a valuable form of marketing and result in media attention
  • sharing your idea, you can often get feedback and expert guidance on how to improve it
  • it is a good way to test the public’s reaction to your product/idea – if people are keen to invest it is a good sign that the your idea could work well in the market
  • investors can track  your progress – this may help you to promote your brand through their networks
  • ideas that may not appeal to conventional investors can often get financed more easily
  • your investors can often become your most loyal customers through the financing process
  • it’s an alternative finance option if you have struggled to get bank loans or traditional funding

The drawbacks of fundraising

  • The Crowdfunding process normally takes about 3 months – during this time it will potentially consue all of your time 24/7
  • With crowdfunding you typically need 40% of the money lined up before you start
  • it will not necessarily be an easier process to go through compared to the more traditional ways of raising finance – not all projects that apply to crowdfunding platforms get onto them
  • when you are on your chosen platform, you need to do a lot of work in building up interest before the project launches – significant resources (money and/or time) may be required
  • if you don’t reach your funding target, any finance that has been pledged will usually be returned to your investors and you will receive nothing
  • failed projects risk damage to the reputation of your business and people who have pledged money to you
  • if you haven’t protected your business idea with a patent or copyright, someone may see it on a crowdfunding site and steal your concept
  • getting the rewards or returns wrong can mean giving away too much of the business to investors

Design Coaching Business Growth Service

Design Coaching – Design Triggers

  • Does the business have a clear idea of its products and service proposition and process to support it – Design coaching could help?
  • Is the business clear about it’s target market and how customers experience their products/services?
  • Does the business maximise it’s visibility and trust in the marketplace (could be branding, logos etc)
  • Is there clarity of the touch points for their marketing/design activity?
  • Is the business differentiated from the competition and is it delivered consistently across its marketing activity?

Coaching relating to Design – FAQ’s

Q: Can it be stand alone, or does it have to be an addition to BDC/GTI?
A: Yes, it can be stand alone

Q: Is there a sequence required for companies wanting GA and Coaching?
A: Can either be before or after BDC/GTI, but not simultaneous.

Q: What is the Value of Coaching per Company size?
A: Coaching is delivered on a grant basis (rather than invoice basis) currently with the same minimum and maximum grant amounts as BGS Consultancy (MAS), for full clarification it is best to check with your local BGM

Q: What is the client contribution for Coaching per Company size and any VAT implications?
A: There is no client contribution for Coaching or Design Mentoring it is a pure match funded grant model. However, VAT will be charged by the delivery agent and normal rules apply.

Q: Do Design Clients get access to the Growth Community?
A: Yes, they are part of BGS so all other benefits apply

Q: Does a Design client get Masterclasses / Workshops the same as GTI/BDC?
A: No, they would only access the full set if they became a GTI or BDC client too. They get access to a specific tailored Design Masterclass – 1 full day.

Q: Can a client have Coaching and then Design Intensive?
A: No, it has to be one or the other. The eligibility criteria states that they must not have had previous strategic design support.

Q: Can Coaching be done at the same time as MAS
A: Yes

Q: Can Coaching be done at the same time as Growth Accelerator
A: No

Q: Are the GVA expectations for Design Coaching higher than MAS
A: On average across the scheme looking for 3 jobs and £129,700 GVA over a 2 year period

Q: Is the day rate for Coaching the same as MAS i.e. £600 per day = £300 per day grant funded
A: The Design day rate is £1000 per day = £500 per day grant funded

Q: What other support provided as part of Design Coaching
A: Access to a full day design specific masterclass

NPD Grant Funding For SME Manufacturers

Perhaps you some great product ideas sitting on the shelf, or filed just waiting for the time and resource to commercialise. Alternatively you might already be implementing a feasibility / testing process. In either of these cases it may be that securing funding for research and development will increase the chance of success.

Expected Client Profile For the EU NPD Funding

  • Turnover over £500,000
  • Employ more than 5 Full Time Employees
  • Are manufacturing, integration or product orientated
  • Have great ideas and want to grow and develop

The EU NPD Funding has two phases

Phase 1 – Concept and Feasibility Assessment
A feasibility study is developed verifying the technological, practical and economic viability of an innovation, idea or concept with novel appeal to the industry sector in which it is presented. This can include 

  • New products
  • New processes
  • Design services
  • Technologies
  • New market applications of existing technologies

Activities 

  • Feasibility of concept
  • Risk assessment
  • IP regime
  • Partner search
  • Design Study
  • Pilot application

Project Output
The proposal should give the specifications of the elaborated business plan, which is the outcome of the project and the criteria for success.
Funding Available, Project Duration and Customer Commitment

  • Funding is provided in a lump sum of €50,000
  • The company has to contribute €20,000 in kind contribution (This is made up of employee involvement within the project)

The process for the manufacturer

  1. If you are interested in the EU NPD project funding contact Andrew Goode on 01733 361729 or andrew@bdolphin.co.uk
  2. We will get  a Technology Consultant to contact you and they will discuss your requirements
  3. At this point there are two options
    1. If they think your project has no chance of grant funding success they will advise that you don’t go through the application
    2. If they think you have an opportunity of completing a successful grant funding bid they will suggest that you make an application. At this point there is a £5000 bid fee payable

Phase 2 R&D, Demonstration & Market Replication

For companies successful with a Stage 1 funding application there is the opportunity to go for a second stage of funding which covers additional activities and offers significantly higher funding values.
Innovation projects have the potential to be supported if they address specific challenges identified that demonstrate high potential in terms of company competitiveness and growth underpinned by a strategic business plan.

Expected Client Profile For The EU NPD Funding Is As Per Phase 1

Activities supported:

  • Development
  • Prototyping
  • testing
  • Piloting
  • Miniaturisation
  • Scaling Up
  • Market Replication
  • Research

What you need to do to apply for the funding
Proposals shall be based on an elaborated business plan either developed through the previous phase 1 (or another means). Note indicative information suggests that successful Phase 1 applicants have a significantly higher chance of being successful at Phase 2 application).
It is recommended that particular attention must be paid to Intellectual Property protection and ownership. Applicants will have to present convincing measures to ensure the possibility of commercial exploitation. Proposals shall contain a specification for the outcome of the project, including a first commercialisation plan and criteria for success.

Funding Available, Project Duration and Customer Commitment

  • Proposals can request a contribution from the EU between EURO 0.5 and 2.5 million
  • Projects should last between 12 and 24 months

The process / next step for the manufacturer

  1. If you are interested in the EU NPD project funding contact Andrew Goode on 01733 361729 or andrew@bdolphin.co.uk
  2. We will get  a Technology Consultant to contact you and they will discuss your requirements
  3. At this point there are two options
    1. If they think your project has no chance of grant funding success they will advise that you dont go through the application
    2. If they think you have an opportunity of completing a successful grant funding bid they will suggest that you make an application. At this point there is a £5000 bid fee payable
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