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Staffordshire Digital Innovation Partnerships (SDIPs) programme

Will fund creation of 36 Partnerships between Staffordshire SMEs and Staffordshire University to help firms improve business processes, develop new to market products and services or use of innovative digital technologies.

There are three strands:

  1. Digital Innovation Partnerships (DIPs) - An open call to businesses looking to use digital innovation to revolutionise their business. Focused on technological transformation this strand will support the development of new processes, services or products and their accompanying transformational change within the business. Includes support and £10,000 grant funding for implementation. Contact the Employer Partnerships Team. Call 0800 169 2148 or email
  2. Business Intelligence Partnerships (BIPs)- A focused strand supporting businesses to unlock the power of the data they collect. Enabling successful applicants to improve decision making by using a range of business intelligence tools and techniques. Contact the Employer Partnerships Team. Call 0800 169 2148 or email
  3. Social Challenge Innovation Partnerships (SCIPs) -In partnership with Staffordshire County Council a series of local council and government prioritised social challenges will be released each year. Digitally focused entrepreneurs and Staffordshire based digital SMEs will be given the opportunity to pitch to develop prototype solutions to each challenge.

The following challenges are now open:

  • Raising the aspirations of Staffordshire children and young people
  • Reducing isolation for the elderly 
  • Improving the digital capabilities of Staffordshire citizens 
  • Enabling and growing social action and community support
  • Children's emotional and mental wellbeing 


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