Aston set to help deliver £40m manufacturer support project

Aston University is involved in proposals to build a national centre for supply-chain innovation in Derby as part of a £40m government project to develop business and manufacturing.

The project is focused on the competitiveness and growth of companies in the trains, planes and automobiles supply chains, and will help companies boost their competitiveness with the help of university research, training and advice, supported by grants and loans from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.

The proposed centre for supply-chain innovation, involving Aston University and Derby University, would form part of a new Innovation Campus being built as part of a 215-acre business park next to Rolls-Royce’s headquarters.

A total of £20m will be spent on the overall business park scheme, which will focus on the science and technology industries, while the remaining £20m of the Regional Growth Fund money will be spent by Derby City Council on business support that will create 27 new businesses and 3,000 new jobs.