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What is SMART Innovation?

SMART Innovation is an EU-funded programme, delivered by a team of experienced engineers, scientists, manufacturing specialists and IP experts. Their mission is to help Wales-based businesses commercialise new products, processes and services and help to get their ideas off the ground.

The team combines thousands of hours of industry experience from across engineering, science and manufacturing. A collaborative approach means that whether you want to improve the quality of your supply chain for a new product, or have an automation expert critically review the competitiveness and productivity of your business, we have the skills to make it happen. We have Innovation Specialists based across the country who are able to help your business, but below you can learn a bit more about just some of the team’s experience and areas of interest.

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Ann holds significant experience in technical and project management of new products from conception to commercialisation, as well as scoping and facilitating tri-partite technical projects between the Welsh Government, academia and businesses.

Ann supports businesses to connect with Welsh, UK and EU technology networks, identify appropriate funding and collaboration opportunities.

And, as a qualified Intellectual Property advisor, raises awareness of business intellectual property, state aid and R&D tax relief considerations.

Areas of interest: 

  • Polymer and materials chemistry including physical testing, formulation plus design for manufacturing
  • Photochemistry encompassing catalysis, photovoltaics and photo-degradation 

Jeff is a qualified Intellectual Property advisor, as applied to R&D, and specialises in the promotion of technology within the UK aerospace sector supply chain.

His early career saw him working in the automotive and aerospace industries, concentrating on electromechanical design, production engineering, automatic and semi-automatic assembly line design and bespoke aerospace component design.

Jeff has also gained significant experience in plastic component/product design and in lean and just in time manufacturing.
Areas of interest: 

  • Rapid prototyping techniques and time compression 
  • Cell and process management 
  • Operational management
  • Aerospace technologies – materials, component and whole aircraft design

Chris has specialist expertise in engineering manufacturing systems to ensure optimal productivity from a factory and its staff. He is also experienced in managing product life-cycles from concept to launch to end-of-life, user-centric design and design for manufacture optimisation.

Areas of interest: 

  • Circular economy
  • Clean technology 
  • Product and service design
  • Industry 4.0
  • STEM in education 

What are the aims of SMART Innovation?

SMART Innovation provides practical and expert support that is tailored to your business needs. We aim to: 


    We provide businesses in Wales with the tools they need to be able to transform an idea into a reality. This includes access to industry experts who can offer support and advice on researching, developing and innovating your ideas. And even if you don’t consider your business to be an innovator that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t benefit from SMART Innovation support. 

    We encourage businesses undertaking R&D to work together on innovative projects and can link you up with the best knowledge and expertise to help you develop your business’s idea.    

    SMART Innovation helps businesses to access funding to enable innovation and sustainable growth. We support businesses to develop and manage the costs of introducing new and improved products, processes and services.



Hundreds of businesses are already benefitting from SMART Innovation’s support. Find out more about how SMART Innovation can help your business to prosper here.