SMART Innovation

SWMAS is one of a small number of companies awarded a contract to work alongside the Welsh Government's network of Innovation Specialists to help businesses become more innovative and more competitive.

The Welsh Government’s SMART Innovation initiative provides an integrated programme of support to businesses in Wales and is designed to deliver on the priorities in both the Innovation Wales strategy and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, which emphasises the importance of specialisation and clustering.

Innovation is essential in any sector and in any size of business. It enables businesses to compete in constantly changing markets, either by developing completely new products and processes and successfully bringing them to market, or by making changes to improve existing products and processes. Innovation is at the heart of successful businesses, making them more productive, more efficient and more competitive.

SMART Innovation can help your business to:

  • Access funding for business innovation
  • Create and commercialise new products and processes
  • Increase efficiency in manufacturing, through technology and process improvement
  • Introduce design for new product development and manufacture
  • Identify, protect and exploit your intellectual property (IP)

Manufacturing Diagnostic

As global competition increases, manufacturers are constantly looking for opportunities to improve their competitive position by increasing efficiency, raising productivity and developing new ideas.
A Manufacturing Diagnostic assessment can help innovative businesses optimise their growth potential by providing advice, direction and guidance at every stage of the innovation process.

Design Diagnostic

Product design is an integral part of the innovation process and good design can help deliver a competitive advantage for innovative businesses. A Design Diagnostic assessment can help provide special input at every level of the design process, from reinforcing fundamental design principles, through professional project management, to solving manufacturing problems and reducing production costs and lead-times.

Both Design Diagnostic and Manufacturing Diagnostic reviews are free of charge* to 'innovative' Welsh companies.

*Terms and conditions apply

SMART Innovation is a Welsh Government initiative supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), administered by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO).

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