Nottingham Trent University’s sustainable design project, Future Factory, offers SMEs in the East Midlands the opportunity to draw on the expertise they need to develop more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business.
The project was launched in 2009 to support SMEs in adopting new products, services and business practices which ‘design out’ unnecessary or unsustainable materials and processing, and ‘design in’ features such as environmentally neutral technologies and materials, recyclability and sensitive disposal.
It can provide up to 90% of the funding for eligible SMEs to work on a specially tailored collaboration with NTU academics and other experts, and focus on real ways of initiating change within their organisation.
Case studies of past projects can be found here.
Future Factory aims to:
- inspire SMEs to explore ways to design out wasteful business process and practice;
- support them to design in environmentally neutral technologies and materials, alternative after-life uses, re-use, recoverability, recyclability and sensitive disposal;
- share knowledge across a network of inspirational experts and like-minded business people, SMEs and entrepreneurs.