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About the SME Programme

SMEs are one of the strongest sources of innovative new products and services in the Connected Places sector and our SME Programme is designed to harness our unique blend of technical knowledge, market expertise and regulatory experience, along with a team of dedicated SME support staff to help drive growth.

Our programme is designed to address some of the main pain points experienced by SMEs trying to gain access to the Connected Places sector but also provides a platform for access by other industry partners to the innovating SMEs. Our aim is not to replicate existing support offerings for earlier stage businesses looking for generic support, but we will always try to signpost those needs to the appropriate channels and will provide light-touch support to those high-growth potential businesses.

By leveraging our place in the market as a neutral convenor, we have established a series of extremely popular activities to make it easier for SMEs and their customers, collaborators, funders and investors to engage.

What we offer

Funding: Opportunities for collaborative and commercial working; investment; and procurement to generate market traction.

Development: Working with CPC to develop SME business and product/service offerings funded through third parties.

Support: Paid-for access to CPC expertise and facilities where available to support business offering.

We also work with other partners, such as the Department for International Trade, Innovate UK and event organisers to provide access for SMEs in our programme to other third-party events.

We also ask SMEs on our programme to participate in public relations activities to help raise profiles and to share successes as part of our programme.

Get Involved

To gain access to our programme, please register here. Once registered, we will assess your business from the perspective of market readiness, looking at the team, the technology and the market/strategic fit. We do this to ensure that the businesses we work with can deliver products and services into connected places and drive growth. This is vital to help the market engage effectively with the SME innovators and, hopefully, lead to commercial contracts and investment.

Return to our SME Programme homepage to discover our latest opportunities, case studies and more!