NCC joins forces with NIACE to host SME Event for Northern Ireland

On Wednesday 10th August, the NCC and the Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE) in Belfast will come together to offer a free event for Northern Ireland SMEs interested in expanding their composites expertise.

SMEs are recognised as the primary engine for driving economic growth, and this event provides the perfect platform to find out how to access the capabilities, expertise and support that NIACE, the NCC and Invest NI can offer, helping to fully exploit the advantages of Composites Materials. The event aims to improve the connections to the innovative composite SME community in Northern Ireland, and the agenda has been designed to enable them to better tap in to HVM Catapult capability in mainland UK.

Tom Hitchings, Head of SME and Membership, and Nigel Keen, Business Development Engineer at the NCC, will be attending the free exclusive one-day event for Northern Ireland SMEs. This is not to be missed by any SME interested in expanding its composites expertise. As well as introductions to NIACE, the NCC and SME REACH programmes, attendees will also hear case studies based on SMEs that have benefited from support. Invest NI will also tell attendees about support available from them.

Whether you’re already using composites, or are at the start of a composites journey, the NCC can also offer free advice through the Government-backed SME REACH programme.*

There are a number of ways to get involved in the event. 3-minute pitches are avalailable for attendees to provide an overview of their company to assembled delegates. Attendees can also book one-to-one sessions with representatives from NIACE and the NCC. Both of these opportunities are available on a first come first served basis. Please contact for more infomation.

10:00 Arrive, register, coffee
10:30 Welcome, NIACE overview
10:50 The NCC overview
11:10 Invest NI – Funding support mechanisms available
11:30 Coffee break
12:00 Case Study 1 – Denroy Competence Centre project
12:20 SME REACH Programme details
12:40 Case Study 2 – CCP Gransden NATEP
13:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 3-minute company pitches
14:45 Q&A
15:00 General Networking and opportunities for 1 to 1’s with NIACE, the NCC, Invest NI
16:30 Depart

To register to attend this event, please email by Friday 29th July 2016.

For further information, please see the promotional flyer attached.

To find out more about the support the NCC REACH Programme can give SMEs, please click here or contact  


*The NCC REACH programme offers SMEs:

•    Access to initial complimentary assessment of processes and materials options
•    Up to five days funded support for SMEs to address opportunities for improvement/capability enhancement, cost savings or new product de-risking 
•    Potential additional funded days of support
•    Introductions to other companies and involvement on collaborative funding programmes

For more information, please contact

 +44 (0) 117 370 7600