BRE and I-Construct to support SMEs bringing new products or services to market
A free scheme to help 20 SMEs in the construction sector to bring innovative products or services to market has been launched by BRE Group, in partnership with I-Construct.
The market-readiness scheme offers a unique opportunity for SMEs to work with experts from BRE. Businesses will receive impartial, technical advice, drawing on BRE’s track-record of driving innovation and improving safety in construction.
The package of support includes:
An expert assessment of where the product or service sits in the marketplace
Creation of a business development roadmap
Introductions to people, networks and organisations to help the product or service progress to market
Support from the I-Construct network to launch
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the scheme is open to start-ups in their first year of operation, and established SMEs with new-to-market products at pre-launch or recently launched stage, working in the construction and built environment marketplace.
Applications will also be considered from businesses bringing existing products and services to new markets.
Dr Ed Suttie, BRE Strategic Advisory, said: “Our market readiness support programme offers a one-off business development boost for 20 enterprising businesses with new to market products or services. We’re delighted to be empowering British SMEs in the construction sector and to help them bring exciting innovations and services to the industry through our dedicated support programme that is only available via I-Construct.”
Anita Thornberry, Executive Director of the Haven Gateway Partnership, said: “With so much investment planned in construction, there are major opportunities for SMEs to use innovation and new technologies to compete. I-Construct gives practical support to companies as they develop and implement their innovation plans and through our network, we will help them build links with people who can help them achieve their ambitions.”