UK SMEs urged to apply for multi-billion Euro new product development fund


Small and medium businesses across the UK are urged to apply for the European Union’s Horizon 2020 package of support services for research and innovation in a bid to obtain the required funds for further developing their business, a media report has revealed.

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Approximately 4.8 million businesses across the UK will be applicable for the fund, although just around 1 million are actually in a good position to win the bids, new product development contractor Pera Technology, who issued the call for action, has revealed.

Speaking about the significance of Horizon 2020 Paul Tranter, Chief Executive at Pera Technology, said: “If we are going to have an effective economic recovery in this country and across Europe the SME manufacturing sector is key. It is particularly important for an economy like the UK’s where SMEs have been pinpointed as an engine for growth.

“This fund presents an enormous opportunity for SME manufacturers across the UK. 1,659 UK business and counting have successfully applied for the £1.2 billion that was previously available under Framework Programme 7, which runs until the end of this year and our intelligence suggests that the funding pot will be even bigger this time.

The final details of Horizon 2020 are expected to be announced in early December with the fund going live in January 2014.

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