SMEs invited to apply for ‘innovation vouchers’

Small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the South East of England are being invited to apply for ’innovation vouchers’ to enable them to develop technology, start research, or access equipment, expertise and technical consultancy.

Innovation vouchers are designed to encourage and make it easier for businesses to buy in support in the form of access to the facilities and expertise of UK universities and public research establishments to support innovation and business improvement.

Available through the South East Health Technology Alliance (SEHTA), up to 55 vouchers worth £4,000 and £8,000 are funded by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) as part of a wider initiative to support high-growth companies in the South East region.

Applications are invited from any high growth-potential SME, social enterprise or not-for-profit organisation from any sector, based in the South East of England.

Most business sectors are eligible, but priority will be given to organisations in: advanced engineering and marine; aerospace and defence; environment and energy; and financial and professional services.