Innovative Product Support Service



The IPSS programme, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supports businesses through the early stages of developing a new product or process. The project is managed by the University of Wolverhampton (UoW), with delivery of support undertaken by UoW and project partners, Aston University and Birmingham City University.

The programme is specifically designed to support businesses developing:

  • Environmental technologies
  • Low carbon engineering and products
  • Digital technologies
  • Transport technologies
  • Electronics
  • Medical technologies

The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through to March 2019.

For more information: Brochure - iPSS Project (PDF)

The video demonstrates what is involved in working with iPSS

Activities Supported

Businesses will initially receive a two day review of their proposed product/technology. The results of the review will be used to promote businesses with the most viable propositions through to a second phase of the programme that offers a further four days of funded support.  In some cases, eligible companies will also be able to access a Research Collaboration to assist with further development. 

Examples of the funded support available to businesses include:

  • Product design
  • Engineering analysis
  • Market research
  • Intellectual property guidance
  • Electronics development
  • Commercial reviews
  • New product development planning and development
  • Development and implementation of sensor technologies ‌


The iPSS programme is offered across the following Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas:

To be eligible for support businesses must be based in one of the above LEP areas, have fewer than 250 employees, have a turnover of less than €50m per annum and a balance sheet value of less than €43m.


Getting Started

All businesses interested in receiving support through the IPSS programme should initially contact: 01902 321105 or email: ipss@wlv.ac.uk

Alternatively you can register your interest by completing our IPSS enquiry form  (Opens new window).

In contacting us, please be prepared to tell us the type of support your business requires and where the business is located. We do not require precise details of your technology at this stage.


Case Studies & Testimonials

Here is what a few of our clients have said about how the first IPSS Project has helped them:

'From the first official meeting I had with IPSS, I felt I was doing the right thing, using EU funding to push and get my new, unique and exciting product to market.  The IPSS designer was professional, very open to discussion, explained clearly what they can do to help.  The information later presented on my project was clear and well presented, very impressed with the research done on a couple of issues related to my project, but quickly resolved.  I would certainly recommend IPSS’

James Skelton, Director, Jesent Products

'Input from the IPSS project helped us win a contract worth £0.75m and has opened the door to other possible international orders.  Its been great for us and I'd urge other companies to take advantage of the help that's available'

Trevor Tomalin, Director, Deans Management Services Ltd.

'Thanks to the IPSS team, Cycle Sorted is now well placed to keep innovating and working with other ERDF funded schemes and local businesses.  Keen to keep development in the Midlands, we are looking for manufacturers, particularly those with connections to the bicycle manufacturing heritage around Birmingham and Coventry.  This scheme has allowed me to develop the idea into a business that will certainly bring work to the local economy and hopefully employment opportunities in the near future'

Ben Murphy, Director, Cycle Sorted. 

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