State aid and compliance

State aid and what it means for our partners

State aid and compliance

Our partnership will support you through State Aid and educate you into how to be compliant

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We can only enter design research collaborations with businesses that are interested in improving their capability as well as resolving a technically challenging design problem.

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We expect our partners to help produce the technical solution – you can’t just rely on us.

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All your investment in the project, as well as ours, needs to be accounted for and recorded on our files (for at least 10 years after the IBbD scheme closes).

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All about state aid

State Aid in more detail

IBbD was set up with a significant grant from Research England on the understanding that it would help address government objectives to improve business productivity and competitiveness by transforming their ability to commercialise design innovations.

As you know, the IBbD approach is to achieve this by working closely with you on design innovation projects –not only helping you to resolve technical issues but also help improve your design innovation capabilities by introducing knowledge, skills and network contacts (technical and financial) that can help you achieve better results – now and in the long term.

We aim to encourage and reduce the business risks of (learning through) technically challenging design projects by operating on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, i.e. we only charge our fees when the new product generates four times the value of our support in revenues.

Understanding IBbD

IBbD was set up with a significant grant from Research England on the understanding that it would help address government objectives to improve business productivity and competitiveness by transforming their ability to commercialise design innovations.

The Approach

As you know, the IBbD approach is to achieve this by working closely with you on design innovation projects –not only helping you to resolve technical issues but also help improve your design innovation capabilities by introducing knowledge, skills and network contacts (technical and financial) that can help you achieve better results – now and in the long term.

Risk Reduction

We aim to encourage and reduce the business risks of (learning through) technically challenging design projects by operating on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, i.e. we only charge our fees when the new product generates four times the value of our support in revenues.

Our Support

Our support is available for the ‘experimental development’ stage of new product design – from the moment we start to add value to your design thinking, to the moment we deliver a working prototype. At the end of this period we will provide you with information and advice that we hope will help you embed in your business an improved ability to bring that, and many more future design innovations successfully to market.

Implications

This holistic and patient support for your design innovation projects and capability-development is only possible because of the Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) Grant from Research England. The aim of this note is to ensure you understand the implications, which are as follows:

  1. We can only enter design research collaborations with businesses that are interested in improving their capability as well as resolving a technically challenging design problem.
  2. Our business partners need to help produce the technical solution – you can’t just rely on us.
  3. You’ll need to agree to repay us the cost of our input to the project, plus interest, when products successfully launched produce four times the value of our support in revenues. If by any chance the new product isn’t commercially successful (within an agreed timeframe), the ‘repayable advance’ counts as a grant from Research England, and nothing is owed.
  4. The value of your contribution to the project is likely to be between 30% and 50% of overall project costs – depending on:
    1. the nature of the project,
    2. the support you need from us, and
    3. the size of your business (legislation allows us to give more support to smaller businesses).
    4. The total value of personnel, equipment, consumables, etc. dedicated to developing the prototype are all taken into account.
  5. All your investment in the project, as well as ours, needs to be accounted for and recorded on our files (for at least 10 years after the IBbD scheme closes).
  6. We have limited resources, and we therefore have to prioritise our support to collaborate in projects/with organizations where we think we can achieve the biggest impact. If we have to prioritise, we will do so in the fairest and most transparent way possible, based on a standard diagnostic/decision making procedure that applies to all.
  7. Your assistance to help us learn lessons about the impact and efficiency of the scheme will be welcome. We’d appreciate your help with monitoring and evaluation of the scheme after our project collaboration has ended – meeting with our staff and representatives from time to time and answering their questions to help us learn and improve.
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When your organisation is working with Impacting Business by Design we create a partnership. It's about more than the design and development of your product but how we can embed design and innovation within your company to improve its growth potential. Our team is passionate about design and we hope after our collaboration you will be too!

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