Innovation & Consultancy


  • Access expertise that can help your business grow.
  • Collaborate on your innovation projects with industry specialists.
  • Learn about funded innovation projects for your business.

Access expertise that can help your business grow

Many businesses think of growth in terms of increased sales, but it’s also important to focus on how to maintain or improve your profitability, increase production through efficiency savings, and diversify in today’s challenging market. Our business support teams can help you do just that.

We provide a mentor to assess your current business operations. They’ll work with you to source funding to develop ideas that will ultimately improve your products or services. We can also help with recruiting staff or training current staff, and offer advice on apprenticeships or alternative ways to meet the skills needs of your organisation.

Collaborate on your innovation projects with industry specialists

Innovation is critical for Northern Ireland’s success. That’s why Further and Higher Education Colleges are committed to helping businesses embrace innovation. Colleges provide access to high grade knowledge and technology development, and prepare businesses for opportunities that may not even exist yet.

All colleges have a well-established track record of providing training and technical mentoring to help businesses achieve an advanced level in adopting and embracing innovation, and dealing with the inevitable challenges faced by the rapidly advancing sectors in our economy.

Learn about funded innovation projects for your business.

We can help you access government funding to develop new products, services and processes. The Department for the Economy (DfE) has a range of funding schemes (including Innovation Vouchers and InnovateUs) that provide support for research and development and other innovation-related services including; consultancy process design and assessment, process troubleshooting, analytical services, co-development partnerships, and bespoke education and industrial training programmes.
  • Invest NI Innovation Vouchers provide up to £5,000 to develop innovative solutions, new products or services in companies
    with fewer than 250 employees.
  • Connected develops knowledge exchange links between academia and industry.
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnershipimproves your business competitiveness and productivity through a high-tech graduate programme.
  • Technical Development Incentiveprovides up to £5,000 to enhance product development, production and process operations
    in companies with fewer than 250 employees.
  • Invest NI Research & Developmentprovides funding for new products or services.