Robotics and automation support for West of England SMEs

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Businesses and entrepreneurs across the West of England will be able to trial, adopt and develop robotics and smart automation solutions, thanks to a new £1 million initiative from UWE Bristol.

The SABRE Programme, which is based in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) and receiving up to £534,693 in funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from any sector to explore benefits of these technologies and identify the most appropriate robotic equipment for their organisation. Support will be available through attending free workshops, or by applying to receive free or subsidised technical support.

“We are very excited about the opportunities this new initiative presents”

Professor Chris Melhuish, Director of BRL

More in-depth support, such as facilitating collaborations with talented engineers and helping them to develop, prototype, test and validate concepts, will be available for SMEs researching and innovating new products or services. This can be accessed through SABRE’s Technical Development Projects (TDPs).

For more information, please see this UWE Bristol news article . Potential applicants can register an interest online at, or contact the dedicated SABRE team on 0117 3283296 or at

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