SME Support

Key to the Automative Industry

The UK has a vibrant ecosystem of SMEs and technology developers, which play a crucial role in the UK automotive industry. They are key to our supply chain and bring truly disruptive innovations to the forefront.

From SMEs ready to engage with OEMs, to technology developers with great ideas ready to start their journey in automotive innovation, we aim to provide the support to help technology succeed.

Technology Developer Accelerator Programme

Our Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) is here to support SMEs, whether start-ups, spinouts or more mature organisations, who have an early-stage transport technology concept and want to accelerate their route to market. With up to £135,000 of combined grant funding, technical support and business mentoring, 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

So far through our programmes we’ve played a massive part in supporting the UK’s thriving hub of SMEs and Technology Developers – here are some of the projects we’ve funded 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 International 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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