Helping manufacturing start-ups to grow

Our experienced teams of experts are here to help you transform your manufacturing start-up business and grow your bottom line.

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Growing your start-up manufacturing business

When you’re starting a manufacturing business, it’s often hard to know how to grow quickly. With the increasing cost of energy and materials, you might only see the barriers to manufacturing success.

Investments in your production, in new products and markets, and in the skills of your workforce are key to growth. But these investments can feel like a big risk.

We’re here to help.



How we can help

Transform your bottom line

We can help you develop new products and manufacturing processes whilst scaling your production to start delivering for more customers.

Grow fast

We can help you access new markets and make data-led decisions to enable faster business growth.

Build your productivity

We can help you build your supply chain, freeing you up to expand.

Connect and expand

We can help you connect with the right partners in industry, government and academia to turn your ideas into commercial reality.

Can we help – SMEs

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Manufacturing and engineering experts across the HVM Catapult

Manufacturing experts, working for you

Our manufacturing and engineering experts will:

  • Find the right place for your project, whether that’s with us or another organisation
  • Discover the opportunities, risks and needs of your business
  • Provide detailed impartial advice tailored to your business
  • Build the right plan to deliver for your business
  • Develop the right solution to transform your business, whether that’s new products, processes or skills

Your manufacturing transformation journey

To transform your business you need to be in the right place with the right plan for the right solution.

Our 3-step process can help you get there.


Getting you to the right place

Our manufacturing and engineering experts will give you free impartial advice on the best direction and place for your project, whether that’s with us or another organisation. We’ll then use our national network to help you make the connections you need to succeed.


Helping you build the right plan

Using our expertise and industry-proven experience, we work directly with you to build the right plan to transform your business. Our detailed recommendations will guide you to the best ways you can create new products and processes to deliver business value.


Empowering you with the right solution

We give you access to our world-class facilities, cutting-edge equipment and industry-proven experience, and help your business secure the right skills and partnerships for your project. Based on our proposal, we work with you to develop the right solution to transform your bottom line, build your supply chain and access new markets.


Find out more about our services for manufacturing start-ups

When are my business needs not the best fit?

If we think that:

  • Your business needs more general business support, eg initial business case for investment
  • Your business idea is too early in its development for our help, eg before a business model has been agreed or competitor/intellectual property analysis have been completed
  • Your business is better suited to other specific market offerings, eg intellectual property scoping, digital tech adoption via Made Smarter etc

If you think this might apply to your business, please contact Innovate UK EDGE for more information.

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What we offer to manufacturing entrepreneurs and start-ups

We can help you to minimise the risk of high-growth projects with open access to industry-leading experts, cutting-edge equipment, world-class facilities and the best of engineering research.


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Our services for manufacturing start-ups

Getting you to the right place with the right plan for the right solution


We offer free impartial advice to direct you to the right partners (both within or outside the HVM Catapult) to transform your business. Our manufacturing and engineering experts will explore your initial thinking with you to see if we’re the best fit to help transform your business

If we’re not the best fit, we’ll refer you to other services that can help.

Get in touch
Discovery workshop

After the initial consultation, our experts may need to bring you into our facilities (either physically or digitally) to host a workshop on your business needs. We will find out more about your complex business challenge, work through your ideas using the experience of colleagues across the HVM Catapult and share our ideas for your business needs.

Start your journey
Innovation project

If we are the right partners for your business needs, a team of our world-leading engineers will work directly with you to research and develop the right solution for your challenge. Whether this is a new product, technology or process, or the adoption of existing technologies or processes in your business, we’ll work with you to achieve joint goals and maximise your growth.

Start your journey

HVM Catapult centres

Working through and with our seven centres of industrial innovation, we cover development in areas from material formulation to advanced assembly.

Where do I start and how do I get in touch?

Whether you have an idea for a new product or need a hand in moving into a new manufacturing industry or market, we’re here for you.

Please use the form above to contact us.

Read our FAQs for answers to some common questions.

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