SME Support

Key to the Automotive Industry

The UK’s vibrant SME ecosystem, plays a crucial role in the UK automotive industry, constantly evolving our supply chain and bringing truly disruptive innovations to the forefront.

From SMEs ready to engage with OEMs, to start-ups or university spinouts with great ideas and ready to start their journey in automotive innovation, we aim to provide the support to help them all succeed.

Technology Developer Accelerator Programme

Our Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) supports SMEs, whether start-ups, spinouts or more mature organisations, who have an early-stage net-zero emission technology concept that requires investment and support to achieve market-readiness. With up to £170,000 of combined grant funding, commercialisation strategy guidance and business mentoring from our hand-picked industry experts, TDAP can help you take your innovation to the next level.


Collaborative R&D competitions

Are you ready to make the step up to our Collaborative R&D competitions, which help bring prototypes to the point of commercialisation? If you want to work collaboratively to progress your own technology, or you want to collaborate with major OEMs and vehicle manufacturers, we can give you a helping hand.

Niche Vehicle Network Funding

Are you developing technology targeted at the low volume or niche vehicle supply chain? If so, you may qualify for support from the Niche Vehicle Network in partnership with the APC.

SME success stories

To date our programmes have played a massive part in supporting the UK’s thriving hub of SMEs – here you can read about some of the businesses we’ve worked with and share and their success stories.

Is your innovation ready to take centre stage at some of the biggest automotive trade shows around the world?

On behalf of the Department for Business and Trade, we run the UK Pavilion at events in key strategic international markets, proving a platform for UK innovators to showcase their technology for a fraction of the cost and hassle.

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