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, 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 Affliliate Scheme

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

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