A webinar focused on small and medium enterprises in the Midlands and how they can access funding for innovation.

In these uncertain times it is more important than ever for SME’s to understand the support that is available to stabilise the business and enable continued growth through innovation.

This event will give an overview of the support available in the Midlands region from both the public and private sectors and how to apply, with the opportunity to ask questions and connect with an expert after the session to discuss your individual circumstances. The event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.

You will hear from representatives from Innovate UK Edge, who help innovative SME’s to grow and scale, the British Business Bank who have been at the forefront of assisting companies to navigate the government’s COVID-19 financial packages, and finally, TBAT Innovation who are experts in research and development tax credits which provide a cash injection or reduction in corporation tax on completion of R&D activity.

This event is brought to you by Aerospace Unlocking Potential (UP) which aims to support the aerospace supply chain in the Midlands by helping to unlock its innovation potential. The project is being delivered by the University of Nottingham and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


  • 13:00: Introduction
  • 13:05 – 13:30: Aerospace Unlocking Potential – Lisa Brewer, Business Development Officer, University of Nottingham
  • 13:30 – 13:50: Innovation and Growth Support for SME’s – Mark Heal and Paul Edwards, Innovation and Growth Advisers, Innovate UK Edge
  • 13:50 – 14:10: Support from British Business Bank – Lewis Stringer, Senior Manager, UK Network Team, British Business Bank
  • 14:10 – 14:30: Research and Development Tax Credits – Ian Davie, Senior Consultant, TBAT Innovation
  • 14:30 – 14:50: Q&A
  • 15:00: Close

Aerospace UP

As a pan-Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) project, Aerospace UP is available to SMEs in 8 Midlands LEP areas:

  1. Black Country
  2. Coventry and Warwickshire
  3. Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  4. Greater Birmingham and Solihull
  5. Greater Lincolnshire
  6. Leicester and Leicestershire
  7. South East Midlands
  8. Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

State Aid

This event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. This event is classed as State Aid under De Minimis to participating businesses, but is delivered completely free of charge. For more information about the programme, please visit the Aerospace Unlocking Potential website.


If you have any questions about the event or the programme, please contact AerospaceUP@nottingham.ac.uk.

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Your data will also be used to comply with the reporting and monitoring requirements of our funders, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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