Supporting SMEs

Supporting SMEs

Whether you’re looking for expertise on a technical challenge, access to the latest technology or training to upskill your team, we can help. 

NCC Connect is a dedicated SME support team set up to ensure your business can swiftly access our resources. With a team of over 350 specialist composites engineers and a world-class technology R&D centre, we will work with you to deliver solutions that meet your time and cost requirements.

Find out how we help you fast-track your innovation and overcome the barriers to your business growth.


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Technical Response Team

Access the technology and skills you need right now

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Technical Response Team

We deliver:

  • Prompt turnaround on technical and supply chain challenges
  • Affordable access to cutting-edge technology
  • Engineering consultancy from our team of over 350 specialist composites engineers
  • World-class R&D facilities to de-risk innovation and demonstrate proof-of-concept
  • Ongoing support to scale-up production

SME Support

Matched funding opportunities and access to technology

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SME Support

We offer:

  • SME Boost Programme - Matched funding up to £25k for innovation projects
  • SME Membership - Access to Training, Events and Networking with our industry-leading partners
  • Support to industries already using composites to improve product performance, innovate and step-change use
  • Open access to cutting-edge composites manufacturing technology to design, develop, test and scale your ideas
  • Knowledge exchange partnerships with industry and academic institutions in the UK and internationally
  • Information on funding opportunities and support to submit a funding bid
  • Strategic business advice from across our wider Catapult network


Custom built training plans delivered by NCC experts, through our online learning platform or on site

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We offer:

  • Bespoke training and off-the-shelf courses created by the NCC and our network of training providers
  • Hands-on experience of the latest digital manufacturing technologies
  • Courses matched by topic or level of experience, from apprentices to technicians, experienced engineers to senior management
  • Courses designed for individuals, teams and companies
  • Training available at the NCC, locations across the UK, and online through our award-winning learning management system

SME Boost

Match funding up to £25k to help UK SMEs develop composites products.

SME Affiliate Scheme

Giving SMEs affordable access to the NCC capabilities, expertise, training and network. 

Digital Learning Factories

Hands-on learning to help you prepare for a digital future.

Funded places available for SMEs in the region to develop your digital capability as part of the West of England Combined Authority's Workforce for the Future programme.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

The National Composites Centre is one of 100 ‘Knowledge Bases’ established in the UK that work with businesses of any size and graduates in unique partnerships that aim to create positive impact and drive innovation for the UK. Our focus is on the SME community to embed technologies and management processes, supporting our business plan for growth. Partner businesses have access to dedicated support from the NCC as part of the KTP, as well as a KTN Knowledge Transfer Advisor.

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