SME Technology Centre

The SME Technology Centre engages with SMEs through its Growth Pathway designed to support the development and commercialisation of innovations and technology. This includes comprehensive scientific and commercial expertise, access to laboratories, on-site pilot plant, scale up and demonstrator facilities; all enabling businesses to test, develop and demonstrate new technologies in a safe and secure environment, and without the risks associated with full scale production.

The SME Technology Centre puts it clients’ needs at the centre of all its activities to help them achieve their technology development and growth objectives.

The SME Technology Centre works with clients to develop technology by providing them with technical support in taking a concept or idea right through to production and commercialisation.

Technical support available includes:

  • Technology Development
  • Process and Materials Support
  • Laboratory Space
  • Pilot Plant, Scale Up and Demonstrator Facilities
  • Technical Expertise
  • Access to Specialist Equipment
  • Technical Mentoring

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The SME Technology Centre provides advice and support to clients to help them grow their businesses including:

  • Business Advice, Mentoring and Coaching
  • Marketing and Market Intelligence
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Support
  • Non-disclosure Agreements
  • Business Signposting and Brokering
  • Business Referrals and Introductions
  • Modern and Equipped Offices for Rent
  • Access to Conferencing and Meeting Facilities
  • Business Administration and Support Services

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The SME Technology Centre has specialist support teams to help businesses access grants and funds, as well to provide guidance on other routes of financial assistance.

  • Access to Funding and Grants
  • Access to Financial and Investment Support

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Innovate Tees Valley is a free service established to help Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) access funded support to achieve growth through service and product innovation.

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The Business Compass Start Up Programme is a programme which will work with anyone living in Tees Valley and wanting to start a business.

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