11/04/2016, by CLAS
‘Enabling Innovation’ Bid will support local SMEs to innovate and grow
Following a recent bid to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Derby have been successful in gaining funding to deliver a collaborative programme of innovation support activities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area.
The emphasis will be on ‘enabling technologies’ as a driver for innovation within and between sectors. Both technical and non-technical interventions, from introductory workshops through to long-term research and innovation collaborations, will be provided including support for spin-out and graduate start-ups.
The University of Nottingham’s School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies is one of 27 strands of the Enabling Innovation programme and is currently working to create a programme to support local Nottingham SMEs looking to increase their language skills.
Grow your language capabilities to grow your business
Whether you are looking to export your goods and services, diversify your UK customer base or attract business from abroad, understanding your language needs to underpin your activities is a vital first step to your success.
We will help you establish a framework to understand the key challenges in cross-cultural communication and in developing a strategy to enable your business to operate across different cultures and languages. Through high skill placements and short consultations we will support you in the first stages of implementing your language strategy.
Beth Yearsley, Placements and Employability Officer and Women’s Staff Network Co-ordinator, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies