Infrastructure & support
Supporting the booming Engineering, Design and Manufacturing sector in Glasgow is an infrastructure of facilities, business zones and financial support as well as partnerships that fosters the growth and creativity of the sector.
Situated side by side on the eastern edge of the city centre, sits the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) and Scottish Enterprise’s inovo. The establishment of this campus has created an environment where business and academia work collaboratively in the research, development, design and engineering of energy, low carbon and associated enabling technologies.
inovo-TIC has provided a focal point for innovation and technology within Glasgow and has emerged as a global research and development hub. Together with the nearby Tontine, this hub will anchor Scotland’s first innovation district.
The University of Strathclyde’s £90 million Technology and Innovation Centre opened in 2014 and has become the centrepiece for Glasgow’s innovation economy, which showcases:
- low cost, greener power and energy
- renewable technologies
- photonics and sensors
- advanced engineering
- pharmaceutical manufacturing
The purpose built industry engagement building, inovo, is Glasgow’s greenest building and provides office accommodation for companies involved in new technologies, research, development and the renewables industry. Tenants include the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, CENSIS, Datalytics Technology Limited and Linknode.
The newly refurbished Tontine provides support and office space for high growth start-ups in enabling technologies, advanced design and manufacturing, and the creative economy. Tontine fosters a supportive, collaborative environment with dedicated support through a highly focused Account Managed service from dedicated Business Advisers and wider support services tailored to business needs.
The Scottish Space Incubator is collaboration between the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA), the UK Space Agency and Tontine to support space start-up companies.
MAKLab is Scotland’s first open access digital fabrication studio, which offers a range of digital tools and low-cost access to equipment and knowledge for people wanting to undertake their own digital productions.
A number of support functions and incentives are available for engineering and manufacturing businesses:
- Partnerships with universities
- R&D Grant: supporting industrial research and experimental development for all businesses
- SMART: SCOTLAND: innovation grant for technical and commercial feasibility studies
- Horizon 2020: European Funding Programme to support research and innovation
- Innovate UK funding
- Tax credits for both large and small companies engaged in R&D
- Venture capital options