Supporting SMEs

Whether you’re looking for a rapid turnaround 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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Rapid Response

Access the technology and skills you need right now

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Rapid Response

We deliver

  • Rapid turnaround on technical challenges
  • Affordable access to cutting-edge technology including card payment options
  • 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

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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

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COVID-19 update

Following the Prime Minister’s Briefing on Monday 23 March where he gave clear guidance for the nation to stay at home, and in line with University of Bristol action to close down all of its buildings, the NCC has taken the decision to close both the NCC HQ and NCC Filton centres until further notice, effective from 24 March 2020. 

The vast majority of NCC staff have already been working from home, successfully holding digital meetings with our members, customers and other partners and will continue to do so. You can still get in touch with us through your usual contacts via email and phone, or please email We are in touch with our customers to discuss arrangements for our current projects.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We will continue to update our website and social media channels to keep you informed.