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Commercialisation support for a variety of needs

CPI can offer targeted business support services aimed at addressing specific issues faced by early-stage companies and SMEs wishing to develop new products and access new markets. These support services – delivered by highly-experienced specialists – provide clients with access to training, an international network of potential new business partners, European funding sources and new markets.

Business Support

Incubator Space

CPI houses a cutting edge 1000m2 fully integrated technology incubator, we offer pilot plants, specialist laboratories and office space to enable fledgling companies to develop new products and processes while reducing peripheral startup costs, such as provision of industrial services and purchase of general laboratory equipment.

As well as being surrounded by one of the largest and most experienced Chemical and Bio processing industry in the UK, our tenants will benefit from practical plug-and-play accommodation solutions for new start-ups and established SME’s with views of rapid growth at affordable costs.

At CPI’s Printable Electronics Centre, CPI offers incubator space both in and out of the lab. The Centre includes a 600m2 Class 1000 Clean Room and is supported by fully equipped formulations and electrical test laboratories. Offices are also available on a month by month contract and hot-desking on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Market & Technology Intelligence

Market intelligence can turn a great idea into a viable business. CPI will enable you to find opportunities in the market and exploit them.

We can determine the strength of your market position and help you to explore new product opportunities. We can also help you to further exploit your products and services, enabling you to find new markets and customers.

Through our market intelligence services we can help you by:

  • Providing bespoke market analysis from experts within your sector
  • Highlighting your key business strengths and assessing how well these meet your market needs
  • Assessing market and technology trends and determining the impact on your business
  • Extracting further value from your own market analysis data
  • Identifying key influencers/decision makers in your market
  • Helping you establish new routes to market

Business & Technology Partnering

The basic development of any new technology carries high cost and risk implications. It can impede speed-to-market, demand large R&D investment even before the technology itself is developed and demonstrated.

CPI can help you to gain access to world class facilities and new technologies, strengthen your intellectual property and improve your R&D capabilities. Working with CPI will reduce your costs and allow you to focus on your product features.

Technology Commercialisation

CPI can provide direct access to world-leading industrial scale up expertise in key technology sectors. We employ over 140 highly qualified scientists, engineers and commercial staff including 46 PhDs with over 1500 years of commercial experience.

We have the expertise to support your business growth by:

  • Providing a technology assessment focusing on scale-up, investment requirement and application potential
  • Assessing future technologies and the potential impact on your business
  • Assessing market and legislative drivers and their impact on your technology
  • Identifying key partnerships and assessing relevant supply chains

We can help with more immediate needs:

  • Access to process scale-up assets
  • Optimisation of plant layouts
  • Improvements in productivity and quality
  • Energy cost reduction/efficiency
  • Support with investment planning and grant application
  • Providing access to service providers to support business planning, funding and training

Intellectual Property

Understanding your freedom to operate is critical to your business proposition. Your intellectual property must be strong enough to secure investment and your market position.

CPI can help you find new ways to take advantage of your IP, by:

  • Applying state of the art tools to map your IP environment. This includes an assessment of prior art, patentability, freedom to operate and patent trends
  • Reviewing your IP status and assessing its strengths and weaknesses
  • Determining cost effective approaches to best protect your IP

Start Up Support

To grow a good idea you need commercial guidance and investment. CPI can have established partnerships with academia, the public sector, large multinationals and SME’s who can help you obtain investment.

At CPI we offer SME’s the following services:

Strategic Business Planning Services

  • Reviewing your business plan
  • Mentoring you on business modelling
  • Providing Interim Business Management support where applicable

Financing Services

  • Review financial status versus business plan
  • Ensure business plan remains on track by introducing Key Performance Indicators or business monitoring measures
  • Identify opportunities and provide support in applications for public funds/grants
  • Assess investment readiness planning and strategic financial projections
  • Provide Financial Management support where applicable

Pre-start Services

  • Provide ‘SME in a box’ services
  • Articles of association
  • Address for a registered office and Companies House initial annual return
  • Access to incubation space, offices and laboratories
  • Access to established networks

Entrepreneur Programme

Through our Entrepreneur Programme, CPI provide the skills you will need to plan and grow your business. We are conscious that not all SMEs are at the same stage of development so we have tailored the Entrepreneur Programme to deliver a series of workshops to pre-start, start-up and developing SMEs.

As you progress through the Entrepreneur Programme, SMEs will be equipped with proven tools and techniques, including:

  • Successful entrepreneurship
  • The importance of market intelligence
  • Defining your strategy for the future
  • What makes you unique
  • Accessing finance
  • Getting it right on legals and regulations
  • Building leadership skills

Find and Access Funds

CPI work closely with enterprises from all sectors to help indentify sources of business finance.

For high-tech organisations we provided bespoke and hands on assistance in developing R&D proposals to successfully secure funding from EU Framework Programme Seven (FP7) and other grant sources.

Our team of specialists can help you with:

  • Tailored investment and grant searches
  • Development of proposals for strategic R&D projects
  • Framework Programme Seven (FP7)
  • Technology Strategy Board

HVM Innovation Voucher

Innovation Vouchers for Catapult Centres Now Available

Manufacturing new products or adopting new manufacturing processes requires demonstration at commercial scale and this can be expensive and risky. The High Value Manufacturing Catapult was set up to stimulate growth in the UK manufacturing sector, bridging the gap between early innovation and industrial-scale manufacturing. Innovation Vouchers for High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres can now be used at CPI to secure specialist services which can help businesses to develop, prove, prototype and scale up processes the next generation of products and processes.

Vouchers are worth £5000 and can be used against a range of services at CPI including:

  • Product & Process Development
  • Prototyping, Demonstration & Scale up
  • Pilot Production
  • Fuel, Feedstock & Materials Investigation
  • Manufacturability & Process Assessment