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North East SME Innovation Programme

SME Innovation Support Programme

Building on its prior successes, the SME Innovation Programme is designed to help SME’s realise their innovative possibilities.

Supporting a wide range of sectors, the friendly team at the BIC provide expert help and guidance by taking you through the grant process to structure an innovation project and creating an essential competitive edge with growth potential.

We do this by offering:

  • Independent advice and guidance
  • Access to industry experts and suppliers
  • Up to 40% Project Funding
  • Links to other support agencies


SME’s must be North East-based (Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Durham-based only) and investment ready.

So whether you are looking to be innovative with your products, your services or your business processes our team of internal and external advisers may enable you to take your ideas forward.

Innovation Case Studies

Meet the Innovation team

Gillian Middleton | Innovation Programme

Gillian Middleton
Innovation Manager


Debbie Simpson
Innovation Adviser

Get in Touch

…or give the Innovation team a call on 0191 516 6039 or email them at

The North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) has received £1,307,145 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund for the North East SME Innovation Programme 2 as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.